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One-Skillet Chicken Thighs & Rice

This recipe for One-Skillet Chicken Thighs & Rice is a STAPLE in my dinner rotation. It’s such an easy one-pot meal that is cheap and full of flavor! Be sure to pair this with a green veggie of your choice for a well-rounded meal.

one-skillet chicken and rice

The absolute best part of this One-Skillet Chicken Thighs & Rice dish? Only one pot/pan to clean!

You guys know how much I love cooking but hate washing dishes lol. It’s such a conflict, but I grew up hand washing & wiping the counters/stove/fridge & sweeping after each night – so cleaning the kitchen and having a million dishes would always have me anxious.

I’ve recently found a love of chicken thighs too… In most of my recipes, I stick to my trusty chicken breasts. But these chicken thighs?? OMG! Juicy. Easy to cook. And the crispy skin on top is *chef’s kiss*. They also don’t cost a lot at all in the store!

Being lazy one day, I decided to try and create a recipe for Chicken Thighs and Rice that can be made all in one cast-iron skillet. Something where the chicken was beautifully seared, the rice was perfectly cooked, and everything was seasoned to perfection. Voila!

How to Make Chicken & Rice in the Same Skillet

One of the tricks to a perfect One-Skillet Chicken & Rice dish is to sear the chicken (but not fully cook it until it’s dry) and then let the thighs finish cooking in the chicken stock/rice.

Also, covering up the skillet for the first portion of baking ensures your rice steams properly – don’t lift the foil/lid to peep before it’s time!

Serve this with my sheet pan-roasted asparagus, roasted broccoli, or brussels sprouts.

I’m also trying a new thing: I list the seasonings I used in the ingredients tab for you guys. I’ll list the measurements I used, but as always, make sure you adjust for your personal dietary restrictions/tastes! Let me know if you guys like the change, or if it’s making the recipe card too long… I always hear y’all and your opinions!

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one-skillet chicken and rice

One-Skillet Chicken Thighs & Rice

Shani W.
Simplify your weeknight dinner – and weeknight dishes – with this super easy Chicken Thighs & Rice recipe!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. harissa seasoning
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • ½ tsp. jerk powder
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 pinch oregano
  • 1 pinch salt

Main Ingredients

  • 4 ct. chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock


  • Take the listed seasonings (besides the pinch of oregano & salt) and rub them into the chicken thighs. Marinate for at least 15 minutes, up to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat on medium heat.
  • Sear the chicken thighs, skin side down, for 10-13 minutes until they are browned.
  • Remove (they will still be undercooked) and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add rice, minced garlic, and a pinch of oregano + salt.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes until browned.
  • Pour in chicken stock and keep cooking until the mixture is simmering.
  • Add chicken, skin side up, to the top of your rice mixture. Cover securely with foil, and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Uncover the skillet, stir up the rice, and cook for another 10 minutes or so until done. Enjoy!
Keyword Cast Iron, chicken and rice, chicken thighs, One-Pan, One-Skillet

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The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $1.68
  • Total Cost (4 servings): $6.72
  • Those Other Guys: $14.99 per serving


  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is everything! Normally I get “the ick” when eating bone-in chicken, but I CLEANED my plate and went back for more!! Thank you Shani for my new staple meal prep

  2. 5 stars
    WOW!!! I just tried out your recipe and all my granddaughters went nuts over it! “we need a bigger pan”:) Im a retired grandpa with lots of hungry girls and this just made me a Starr ! thanks for everything. I’m a fan, Grandpa Bill

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