One Pan Lemon Basil Chicken and Rice is a simple 30-minute meal the whole family will love! Plus, it’s made in one pan, making clean-up a cinch!

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 I try to post easy, family meal ideas every Monday. Meals my family actually eat often, and meals that everyone will love. I love to share that cooking dinner from scratch is not only delicious but it can be really easy too. Most the meal ideas I share are super simple, and most can be made in 30 minutes, or less! And One Pan meals take things to a whole new level of convenience!

Here are some of my favorite One Pan Meals:

One Pan Baked Ziti

One Pan Skinny Chicken Alfredo

One Pan Jambalaya 

One Pan Lemon Basil Chicken and Rice from

This One Pan Lemon Basil Chicken and Rice is the best kind of comfort food! Simple, flavorful and delicious. My kids love it as much as anyone.

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One Pan Lemon Basil Chicken and Rice from
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 30 minutes
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For the Chicken:

For the rice:


  • Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and dried basil.
  • Add olive oil to a large skillet (with a fitted lid) over HIGH heat. 
  • Add the chicken and brown (sear) for only 1-2 minutes on each side, just until browned (chicken will not be cooked through.) Transfer chicken to a plate.
  • Add butter to the pan, reduce heat to medium. Stir the butter with a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the chicken. 
  • Add the rice and sauté for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. 
  • Add chicken broth, lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons of the fresh basil to the pan and stir. Bring mixture to a boil. 
  • Once boiling, place chicken on top, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes until all of the liquid is absorbed. 
  • Garnish with remaining tablespoon of fresh basil. Serve immediately.


Side ideas: 5-minute Shredded Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Vegetables Fresh sautéed summer squash Tomato, cucumber salad


Calories: 275kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 19gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 132mgPotassium: 384mgVitamin A: 155IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the best chicken one pan meal we have ever tasted. My husband is very picky about what he eats and as this was the first time I made this I was worried, but, he loved it and so did I and now this recipe will be made every week, you have got to try this recipe, I am glad I did.

  2. 2 stars
    The rice was delicious! The chicken, however, was incredibly bland, even with the seasoning. It almost seemed as though the rice soaked up all of the flavors/seasoning, leaving nothing behind for the chicken. I will be making the rice again, but definitely not the chicken as both myself and my spouse were disappointed in how it tasted.

  3. I made this for meal prep and it was delicious! I wanted something without a ton of ingredients and steps and this was a winner.

  4. 4 stars
    This was ridiculously easy to make for something that packs so much flavor. I found the lemon a bit overpowering but I think that’s just my personal taste. My husband would not stop eating it. I had to hide the leftovers just so I’d have a lunch tomorrow. 😛

  5. 5 stars
    We loved this meal. It tasked really good and was really easy to make. I get home late in the evenings and need something that is quick and don’t dirty up a bunch of dishes. I wouldn’t change a thing with this recipe I felt that it had the right amount of everything in it.

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