One Pot Greek Chicken and Rice

lemon chicken and garlic rice
One pot zesty lemon and garlic-infused chicken is perfectly cooked on a bed of fluffy rice. It’s packed with super concentrated flavour as the juices from the chicken mingle with the rice and chicken stock. It’s topped with feta for a creamy kick, your family will love this easy dinner.

Chicken Marinade

  • 600g boneless chicken thigh fillets (approximately 5-6 chicken thighs, see note 1 for alternatives)
  • 1 tsp garlic, freshly minced
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice, plus the zest of one whole lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp garlic, freshly minced
  • 1.5 cups white rice (jasmine or basmati)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups spinach leaves, roughly chopped (see note 2 for substitutions)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley or fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • Fresh lemon slices and lemon zest to serve (optional)
  • Feta cheese to serve (optional)
    1. Place the chicken thigh fillets in a large bowl along with the garlic, oregano, paprika, salt pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil. Use your hands to coat the chicken evenly.
    2. Heat a large, heavy based oven-proof skillet on medium heat, cook the chicken for 5-8 minutes until it is golden, set aside.
    3. To the same pan, add 1-2 tbsp of water to deglaze and loosen all the sticky bits and then add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes until softened.
    4. Add the rice, chicken stock, spinach and pepper. Return the chicken to the pan. Place the lid on and reduce the heat to the lowest heat setting. Cook for 20 minutes.
    5. Allow to stand with the lid-on for 10 minutes. This will allow for any residual liquid to be absorbed.
    6. Top with freshly chopped parsley or oregano, sliced fresh lemon, lemon zest and feta (if using).

    Note 1 – Chicken breast can also be used but does not produce results that are as succulent and juicy. It tends to be a little bit dryer.

    Note 2 – Substitute the vegetables to suit your taste – spinach, kale, silverbeet, sliced green beans, diced zucchini, peas or broccoli florets work well. 


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