One-Pot Chicken & Rice


This one-pot chicken and rice dinner is creamy, cozy and packed with vegetables! Tarragon offers a sweet mellow flavor, but if you're not a fan, basil can be used in its place.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch strips

  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • 4 cups packed baby spinach

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice

  • 1 cup frozen sweet peas

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth, divided

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Heat oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook, undisturbed, until browned on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Do not wipe the pot clean.

  2. Add onion to the pot; cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add spinach; cook, stirring constantly, until just wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in rice, peas, lemon zest, salt and 1 3/4 cups broth. Return the chicken to the pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer, undisturbed, until the chicken is cooked through, the liquid is absorbed and the rice is almost tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, until the rice is tender, about 5 minutes. Add Parmesan, cream cheese, tarragon, lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 cup broth, stir until the cheese is melted and the mixture is creamy.

    One-Pot Chicken & Rice
    Photography / Greg DuPree, Styling / Ruth BlackBurn / Julia Bayless

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

512 Calories
18g Fat
51g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 512
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 34g 68%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Vitamin A 3376IU 68%
Sodium 701mg 30%
Potassium 540mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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