Skillet Greek Lemon Chicken and Rice couldn’t be easier to make and is ideal for a weeknight dinner! Hearty chicken thighs are marinated in Greek spices, garlic and lemon juice then nestled on top of herbed rice and baked to perfection!
How many times a week does your family eat chicken for dinner? I’d say on average we eat it 4-5 times a week. It’s definitely the protein we purchase the most. Usually I buy boneless skinless chicken breasts, but occasionally I opt for boneless skinless thighs instead. If I’m being honest I’ll admit that I think thighs have better flavor, even if there is a little more fat. That’s actually the reason they have more flavor. Fat = Flavor.
Whenever I do cook with chicken thighs, my husband is much more enthusiastic about expressing how much he loved dinner. I laugh (and roll my eyes) every time and tell him that’s because I used thighs. His response is always, “well I guess I’m a thigh man because those were awesome!” He was especially excited when I made this Skillet Greek Lemon Chicken with Rice.
The marinade for this recipe is very similar to the one I use for my wildly popular Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers. It uses plenty of fresh lemon zest and juice along with garlic, oregano, coriander and smoked paprika. The chicken doesn’t need more than 30-60 minutes to marinate, but you could let it go overnight if you prefer.
Making this Skillet Greek Lemon Chicken and Rice couldn’t be easier. Once marinated the thighs are seared in a hot skillet for a few minutes on each side. You want them to have a nice golden brown crust, but not be cooked all the way through. Once they’ve got their tan, put them on a plate while you prep the rice.
The rice is more like a pilaf, meaning there’s onion, garlic, and more of those delicious Greek spices added in. Chicken stock is added to the rice mixture and then the skillet is covered and put in the oven. The rice bakes for about 15 minutes and then the chicken thighs get nestled into the partially cooked rice. Everything bakes for another 10-15 minutes or until the rice is done.
Garnish with fresh parsley, dill and a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice over everything. This Skillet Greek Lemon Chicken and Rice is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but also works well for a special occasion.
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Nutrition Information: Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 497 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 166mg Sodium: 391mg Carbohydrates: 48g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Protein: 39g