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!

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One Pan Baked Ziti

One Pan Skinny Chicken Alfredo

One Pan Jambalaya 

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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 mins
Cook 25 mins
Total 30 mins
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For the Chicken:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3-4 breasts)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil

For the rice:

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup long grain white rice , uncooked
  • cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves , chopped and divided


  • 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. 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. 😛

  2. 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.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this recipe (I actually made a double batch to have lunches), it was soo good my family ate ALL of it. Definitely a repeat recipe

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I couldn’t get fresh basil delivered and did it with dried one.
    Rice was juicy and lemony, the chicken was amazing.
    I am looking forward to doing it again with fresh basil.

  5. Thank you so much for this recipe!! Instead of rice, I used quinoa, as I need to watch my carbs, and I used a low sodium chicken broth and unsalted butter because I also have to watch my sodium. I am trying your Black Bean Corn Quesadillias tomorrow night. Thank you for the recipes and shopping lists,! You are making my life so much better!

  6. 5 stars
    This has become the number 1 most requested meal in our home! Everyone likes it! This website has made me stop dreading dinner! The recipes are fresh, easy & delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite go-to meals, the lemon basil rice is so yummy that I usually double that part of the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    Hi Lauren! Your website is amazing and helpful. I have a 2-year old son and my husband and I enjoy cooking up tasty meals together. Typically he is on the grill and I’m in the kitchen. But our two obstacles in the kitchen are coming up with new things to eat, instead of the same-old, same-old, and having a shopping list to accompany those meals. I always forget an ingredient or have difficulty planning out the whole week and combining those meals ingredients to make ONE list, instead of five individual lists, haha. So thank you for your hard work, and for making my life easier.
    Don’t stop!

  9. All the recipes look delicious. I like the one pan Lemon Basil chicken and Rice. All in one pan!!!! Thanks everyone for the giveaway.