I found this on the Downshiftology web site and it was SO good, I felt like you guys needed to know about it! This is hands down the best one pan chicken and rice. The dish is so easy and so flavorful. The rice is tender and rich with flavors and chicken is so juicy and tender with the perfect crispy skin! It’s all done in one pan and will get raves from whomever you cook it for! Don’t let the marinade scare you off (I’m always a last-minute chef, lol)- 30 minutes is enough, but longer is better. You can find the entire recipe here at Downshiftology and I’ve put the recipe below. I made it exactly as written- if you go to her web site she has video and step by step photos.

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Photo image credit: Downshiftology w/ Lisa Bryan ; The Best One Pan Chicken and Rice

The Best One Pan Chicken and Rice


  • ▢5 chicken thighs, skin-on and bone-in
  • ▢2 tablespoons olive oil


  • ▢2 lemons, juiced and zested (approx 1/4 cup of juice)
  • ▢2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • ▢3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ▢1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ▢1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ▢1/2 tsp salt
  • ▢1/4 tsp black pepper
  • ▢1 tablespoon olive oil


  • ▢1 yellow onion, diced
  • ▢2 cups baby spinach, lightly packed and roughly chopped
  • ▢2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ▢1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ▢1 cup long grain white rice
  • ▢2 cups chicken stock
  • ▢1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ▢1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ▢chopped parsley, for garnish
  • ▢lemon zest or slices, for garnish



  • Add all of the marinade ingredients to a bowl and stir together.
  • Place chicken thighs in a glass dish, pour marinade over the chicken, and turn each piece to coat. Cover dish and marinate chicken in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs skin-side down and cook until skin is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Reserve the leftover marinade as you’ll add that back in later.
  • Flip the chicken and cook another 5 minutes. Remove chicken thighs from skillet and set aside.
  • Use your tongs to scrape and remove any browned bits, and bunch up a couple of paper towels to soak up some fat from the pan, but not all. Reserve a little bit of grease to cook the onions.
  • Add the diced onions and stir for 1-2 minutes, or until they start to become translucent.
  • Add the chopped spinach, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and reserved marinade. Stir for another 30 seconds or until the spinach starts to wilt.
  • Add the rice to the skillet, and stir well to coat the rice with the oil.
  • Pour the chicken stock into the skillet and stir well. Bring this to a simmer on the stove.
  • Arrange chicken thighs on top of the rice, then cover the skillet and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove the lid, return the skillet to the oven, and bake until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender, about 10 minutes more.
  • Let the chicken and rice rest for 5 to 10 minutes. The rice will look really dark as the spinach and onions rise to the surface. Just fluff the rice up with a fork to mix everything back together before serving.
  • Top with chopped parsley and grilled lemon slices or fresh lemon zest.

Let me know if you give this a try! This is on permanent rotation around here now. You may also be interested in this post about styling a small living room.

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