Meyer Lemon Chicken and Rice is impressive enough for Sunday dinner—especially presented right in the pan. Delicious dinner & easy cleanup for the win!
One-pan Meyer Lemon Chicken and Rice (or any one pan dinners) are a Godsend when you don't feel like messing up a bunch of pots and pans.
Better yet, the meat cooks right on top of the rice, infusing it with delicious, meaty juices while it bakes. (Check out Mastering Easy One-Pot Meal Recipes, a how-to article with even more ideas!)
One-pan Meyer Lemon Chicken and Rice is a perfect Sunday dinner—it even makes an easy holiday meal for a small group.
You'll love the perfect match of chicken and Meyer lemon, not to mention the savory herbs.
Another one pan family favorite is my One Pot American Goulash. Zesty tomato flavor you're sure to love.
What kind of chicken for One-Pan Meyer Lemon Chicken?
For this Meyer lemon chicken recipe, I like to use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.
The flavor is so much better than what you can coax out of the boneless, skinless variety.
From a frugality perspective, boneless-skinless things tend to cost a lot more because the most difficult parts of the prep (deboning and skinning) have been done for you.
Yes, skin-on meat means more fat.
I try to cut as much fat off the thighs as possible, but I can't get it all.
Some of the remaining fat renders out during the browning step. I wipe that out of the pan.
Still, I usually compromise by only eating a bit of the [FREAKIN' DELICIOUS!] skin and putting the rest off to the side.
(I discuss my strategies for staying in shape elsewhere on this site—because we all know that I like to eat, and I don't make many sacrifices on flavor!)
Another amazing chicken dish is our Butter Chicken recipe. It's so good, we never order it out anymore!
The flavor profile of One-Pan Meyer Lemon Chicken and Rice
This dish has a wonderful, citrusy flavor from Meyer lemons.
The juice of these babies has more sweetness than your typical lemon, while the zest has a more complex flavor that is almost herb-y.
You can substitute regular lemon, but you may want to cut back on the zest slightly.
The capers provide a perfect briny-tangy foil to the citrus notes.
The dinner also packs big, savory flavors. First, from a nice, deep brown on the chicken.
During this step, you'll get little browned bits in the bottom of your pan (called fond), which you will deglaze later with some white wine.
Shallots get a brief sauté, and then the rice is sautéed to bring out its rich, nutty flavor.
The final addition of herbs, marinade, and chicken broth really knocks the savory aspect of this dish out of the park.
One-Pan Meyer Lemon Chicken and Rice is a truly impressive dish to present at the table: I serve it right in the pan.
For side-dishes, simple steamed green beans (shown in the pic) are wonderful, as are Green Beans with Bacon and Onions.
Or opt for a salad like Arugula-Shaved-Fennel Salad or Meal-Prep House Salad & Homemade Thousand Island Dressing.
Winner winner, chicken dinner! I hope that your family lights up at the sight of this dish like mine does.
I'm adding my recipe for One-Pan Meyer Lemon Chicken and Rice to #CookBlogShare, a weekly recipe-share hosted this week by Every Day Healthy Recipes.
One-Pan Meyer Lemon Chicken and Rice
This is a Frank family favorite for Sunday dinner. The fact that it's cooked in one pan makes cleanup a cinch. It's also very impressive if you bring the pan to the table for serving (see pic). This dish has citrus notes and wonderful, savory flavors.
FOR THE MARINADE
- 1 Meyer lemon, juiced and zested (reserve zest for Chicken And Rice)
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
- ½ teaspoon salt
- dash of black pepper
FOR THE CHICKEN AND RICE
- 4 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 1 cup long-grain rice
- 2 medium shallots, minced
- 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and minced
- zest from the Meyer lemon in the marinade step
- 1 Meyer lemon, sliced into thin rings
- ¼ cup white wine
- 1 tablespoon dried Herbs de Provence or Italian herbs
- 2 ¼ cups chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced, for garnish
- Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a zip-top bag. Trim as much fat as practical from the chicken thighs and add to the bag. Allow to marinate from 1 hour to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry. Remove garlic and discard; reserve the remainder of the marinade.
- In a deep, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven, warm 2 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs, skin side down. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes, then flip and cook the other side until golden-brown, about 5 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium-low; remove chicken to a plate and reserve.
- Wipe excess fat from the pan, then add the remaining olive oil. Add the shallots and saute 1 minute. Add the rice, lemon zest, capers, herbs, and a generous pinch of salt; saute until rice is translucent and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Carefully add the wine and stir until absorbed, scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Add the marinade and broth; bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 30 seconds. Arrange the chicken on top of the rice, skin side up. (The dish will be quite soupy at this point and the chicken will be partially submerged. No worries! The rice will absorb it all!) Pour any accumulated juices over the top. Arrange lemon slices on top of the chicken and rice.
- Lid the skillet and place in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove the lid and bake an additional 10 minutes (45 in total), or as necessary until the chicken is cooked through (165 degrees F), liquid is absorbed, and the rice is tender.
- Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Serve garnished with parsley. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 thigh and ¾ cups rice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 443Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gSodium: 750mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 13g
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Made this last night and may be one of the best things I have ever made! Flavors were wonderful and the chicken was so tender! Bonus - it was absolutely beautiful to look at! Definitely a keeper - thanks so much for the recipe!
Hi, Christine! I'm so happy to hear that you love this!! You've made my day. Thank you so much for taking the time to share!
Jo Allison says
Such a fantastic one-pan wonder Michelle and as far as I'm concerned you can never have enough tried and tested one-pan recipes. Looks fantastic too, definitely perfect when entertaining. I do love a bit of crispy skin on the chicken too, little indulgence and so delicious. 🙂
Thank you so much, Jo! Yes, one-pan dinners and traybakes are godsends for weeknights. 😀
Lesley Garden says
A great recipe and some lovely flavour combinations. I've tagged this recipe and plan to cook it over the festive holiday as I know it's a dish my family and I will all enjoy. Thank you for sharing to #CookBlogShare
Thank you, Lesley! I hope you and your family love it! 🙂
Monika Dabrowski says
Love one-pot dinners and this one sounds fantastic! All these lovely flavours in one pot. Thank you for bringing your recipe to #CookBlogShare:)
Thank you, Monika! Yes, I'm a big fan of no-fuss, no-mess dinners as well. Thanks for stopping by!
Conn O'Carroll says
Add some thyme, rosemary and ginger!!! Boom!
Absolutely! I use herbs de Provence, which has rosemary, thyme, and other good stuff. I never thought of adding ginger, but it sounds great! I’m glad you liked it!
Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy says
Oooo this would make such a wonderful dinner on a busy weeknight! I love lemons and chicken together!
I'm hungry now! You show a great deal of willpower to not eat all the skin 🙂 This sounds so delicious! I wish Meyer lemons were easier to find. They are my favorite.
Thanks, Amanda! It's hard to resist, and I admit that it doesn't always work! 😉
I love one pan meals they are easy for weeknight dinners. This looks so delicious
Megan Marlowe says
I love meyer lemons and chicken. This looks absolutely delicious and I love it because it's all made in one pan. Perfect weeknight dinner!
Thank you, Megan! Yes, this combo is one of my favorites! 😉
linda spiker says
I am all about a one pan meal! This one looks so easy and delicious!
Thanks, Linda! Yes, and YES!
I love meyer lemons and have been seeing them recently in the grocery store. What amazing flavor this dish has and is a great idea for dinner. The photos are awesome!
Thanks so much, Christina!
Jennie Durren says
This looks absolutely amazing. I just bought a bag of Meyer lemons and lemon + caper is one of my very favorite flavor combinations. I'll definitely try this soon!
Thanks, Jennie! I am also a huge fan of that combo.
You had me at one-pan! I am an easy meal girl and this lemon chicken sounds like my perfect dinner! Can't wait to give this a try!
You and me both, Kristine! I hope you love it!
Sarah @ Champagne Tastes says
Our local grocery store FINALLY started carrying Myer lemons.. woohoo!!! I'm looking for ways to use them- thanks!
You're welcome, Sarah! I hope you love it. 😉
Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry says
Looks easy to make and I bet it tastes amazing too. Only one pot to wash up as well
Easy, yummy, and fast cleanup = win-win-win! Thanks for stopping by, Bintu!