Everyday Meals

Lemon-Garlic Chicken and Rice

Chef’s Note

“A one skillet dish from southerncastiron.com ”








  • 2 tablespoonsvegetable oil
  • 4 bone-in skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 skinless chicken drumsticks
  • 2 12 teaspoonskosher salt, divided (not table salt)
  • 1 teaspoonground black pepper, divided
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • 1 14 cupslong-grain rice
  • 2 -3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic (or to taste)
  • 14 teaspooncrushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 12 cupschicken broth
  • 14 cupfresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon slice (seared garnishment see Kitchen Tip)
  • Directions

  • Kitchen Tip: To sear lemon slices, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add lemon slices; cook, turning frequently, until browned, about 2 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle chicken with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Working in batches, add chicken to skillet; cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 6 minutes. Remove from skillet.
  • Add onion to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add rice, garlic and red pepper; cook for 2 minutes. Add broth, lemon juice, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat; arrange chicken in rice mixture.
  • Bake, covered, until rice is tender and a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°, about 35 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Garnish with seared lemon slices, if desired.
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