Lemon-Garlic Chicken and Rice


Inspired by one of our food editor’s grandmother’s recipes, this Lemon-Garlic Chicken and Rice sings with notes of bright, tangy citrus flavor.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken and Rice
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 bone-in skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 skinless chicken drumsticks
  • 2½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 1¼ cups long-grain rice
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2½ cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Garnish: seared lemon slices (see Kitchen Tip)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle chicken with 2 teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Working in batches, add chicken to skillet; cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 6 minutes. Remove from skillet.
  3. Add onion to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add rice, garlic, and red pepper; cook for 2 minutes. Add broth, lemon juice, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, and remaining ½ teaspoon black pepper; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat; arrange chicken in rice mixture.
  4. Bake, covered, until rice is tender and a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°, about 35 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Garnish with seared lemon slices, if desired.


Kitchen Tip: To sear lemon slices, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add lemon slices; cook, turning frequently, until browned, about 2 minutes. 


  1. We saw this this AM and made it tonight. Very good we loved it and will make it for company. We used only thighs and left the skin on. We also added a couple of bundles of thyme.

  2. We loved it. Saw it this morning and made ti this evening. We used only thighs and added a couple of bundles of Thyme. This will be used when we have company. Thank you


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