Easy One-Pan Oven-Baked Chicken and Rice

This Oven Baked Chicken and Rice is a simple and wholesome meal that's a breeze to make, using just a handful of ingredients. It features juicy chicken thighs, perfectly cooked rice, and deliciously roasted vegetables for quick dinner.

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Looking for a one-pan wonder that’s both satisfying and effortless? Get ready for a game-changer: Oven-Baked Chicken and Rice. It’s that type of recipe that’ll make your life easier. 

Just toss uncooked rice, and vegetables, and add chicken into a baking dish with chicken broth and water, and watch it become a delicious one-pan meal. This basic recipe is awesome, but you can switch it up to make different versions.

Do you know those days when the last thing you want is a sink full of dishes and hours spent in the kitchen?

That’s why I love one-pan meals like this Chicken and Rice. They’re the answer to those moments when you crave something delicious without the cleanup hassle.

Dinner just got a whole lot simpler with this Oven Baked Chicken and Rice. This recipe is my family’s favorite, and for good reason.

It’s a delightful one-pan wonder that combines succulent chicken thighs with perfectly cooked rice, all drenched in flavorful goodness. Plus, it’s a breeze to whip up, making those busy weeknights much more enjoyable.

I love chicken recipes because they offer endless possibilities for creating delicious and satisfying meals. And when it comes to simplicity and flavor, Oven Baked Chicken and Rice is at the top of my list.

Watch this quick step-by-step video to see exactly how easy it is to make the best baked chicken and rice!

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Why You Love This Baked Chicken And Rice Recipe

  • Easy. This recipe is super easy to prepare and doesn’t involve complicated steps or techniques.
  • One-pan recipe. The beauty of one-pan meals is that they minimize the mess in the kitchen, so with this oven-baked chicken and rice, you can have a complete meal using just a single pan.
  • Versatile recipe. Feel free to customize this recipe to your liking by adding different herbs, spices, or vegetables.
  • Crowd-pleaser recipe. This delicious chicken recipe is loved by both kids and adults, making it a perfect family dinner option.
  • Minimal prep. Another great thing about this recipe is that it requires only 10 minutes of prep, while the oven will do the rest.
  • Perfect for busy days. Whether you’ve had a long day at work or simply want a fuss-free meal, this oven-baked chicken and rice fits the bill since it requires minimal effort while offering maximum flavor.
  • Easy cleanup. You will need only one pan to cook this recipe, which makes cleanup a breeze.
  • Time-saver. You spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your meal.
  • Budget-friendly. You will need only a few simple ingredients for this recipe that are super affordable.
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Ingredients and Substitutions

Now, let’s see the key ingredients that elevate this classic dish to culinary perfection and learn how to adapt and customize it to suit your unique tastes and dietary preferences. Here is a list of everything we’ll need:

  • Chicken Thighs – this is the main source of protein in this recipe. I used bone-in thighs since they add flavor and tenderness to the chicken. Chicken breasts or drumsticks can be used. Adjust cooking time accordingly, as chicken breasts might cook faster.
  • Onion – used to give a savory and aromatic base to the dish. Use shallots or green onions for a milder flavor.
  • Garlic Cloves – enhance the overall flavor of this dish with its pungent and aromatic qualities.
  • Red Pepper – Replace with zucchini or diced asparagus for a different texture and flavor.
  • Carrot – adds both flavor and color to the dish.
  • Butter – adds richness and contributes to the overall flavor.
  • Rice – Feel free to use any type of rice you have on hand; in this recipe, I used long-grain white rice for its fluffy and light texture.
  • Chicken Broth – You can also use vegetable broth or replace it with the same amount of water. If you’re using water, make sure to adjust the seasonings.
  • Water – helps maintain the right balance of moisture in the dish.
  • Salt & pepper – enhance the overall flavor of this dish.

For The Chicken Rub

  • Paprika adds a mild, smoky, and slightly sweet flavor to the chicken.
  • Dried Thyme – perfectly completes the other spices and adds depth to the dish. 
  • Garlic Powder – enhances the overall savory profile of the dish.
  • Salt&Pepper – to taste!
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Begin by preheating your oven to a cozy 375°F (190°C). This will ensure your chicken and rice cook evenly.

Preparing The Vegetables

Roll up your sleeves and start by finely chopping the onion, mincing the garlic cloves for that aromatic punch, and dicing the vibrant red pepper and carrot for a splash of color and texture.

Assemble The Dish

In your large 10×15-inch baking dish, melt the butter to coat the bottom evenly. This ensures a non-stick surface and imparts a delightful richness.

Sprinkle in the uncooked rice, and top with the onion, garlic, red pepper, and carrot. Gently mix them together.

Pour the chicken broth and water over the rice and veggies. This mixture guarantees that every grain of rice will be perfectly cooked. Season with salt and pepper, tailoring to your taste.

Stir well to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Season The Chicken Thighs

In a separate bowl, combine the aromatic spices: paprika, dried thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. This rub will transform your chicken into a flavor-packed delight.

Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels and rub the seasoning mixture over the chicken thighs, ensuring they are well coated.

Arrange the seasoned chicken thighs on top of the rice mixture in the skillet.

Baking Time

Cover your baking dish with aluminum foil, ensuring all edges are sealed. This traps moisture inside and cooks the rice to perfection. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the aluminum foil and continue baking for 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables and chicken are cooked through.

This will give your chicken a crispy, golden finish. Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F or 74°C and that the rice is soft and fluffy.

Once out of the oven, set the chicken thighs aside on a plate. Stir the rice to fluff it up and check for consistency. Lay the chicken thighs back on top, and you’re ready to serve!

Essential Tips For Success

  • Use quality ingredients. Start with fresh and high-quality ingredients like chicken, rice, and vegetables since fresh ingredients make a big difference in flavor.
  • Season proper. Ensure you season the chicken well with the rub mixture to enhance its flavor.
  • Use an oven-safe dish. Ensure you use an oven-safe skillet or Dutch oven to handle the heat without warping or cracking.
  • Covering for moisture. This step is important since it helps trap moisture and ensures the rice cooks evenly.
  • Rest before serving. Allow the dish to rest for a few minutes after removing it from the oven to help the flavors meld and make it easier to serve.
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Recipe Variations

If you want to add extra flavor and variety to your oven-baked chicken and rice, you can try adding some of the following ingredients:

  • Fresh Herbs: Chopped fresh parsley, cilantro, or basil can be added for a burst of freshness and color.
  • Lemon Zest: This will provide a zesty, citrusy flavor that brightens the dish.
  • Cheese: You can sprinkle some grated parmesan, cheddar, or mozzarella cheese on top during the last few minutes of baking to add a cheesy, melty layer.
  • Vegetables: Add some of your favorite vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms, or spinach to the mix for nutrition and flavor.
  • Broth Variations: Instead of using chicken borts, you can use flavored broths like vegetable, mushroom, or even coconut milk for a unique twist.

Serving Instructions

Here are some serving suggestions to make your oven-baked chicken and rice meal even more enjoyable:

  • Fresh Salad: You can pair this chicken and rice with a fresh, crisp salad with a light vinaigrette dressing.
  • Sauteed Greens: Sauteed kale, spinach, or Swiss chard can be served as a nutritious side dish.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Roasted asparagus, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts can be used to add color and flavor to your plate along with this chicken and rice recipe.
  • Sauces: sauces like tzatziki, chimichurri, or barbecue sauce are some delicious additions that pair perfectly with this recipe.
  • Bread: Warm some crusty bread or rolls and soak them in the flavourful juices from the chicken and rice.
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Storage Instructions

Knowing how to store the leftover oven-baked chicken and rice properly is important to maintain its flavor and safety. Here are some useful storage instructions:

  • Allow the dish to cool to room temperature before storing it.
  • If you have a large batch, divide it into smaller meal-sized portions for easier reheating and to reduce the time you need to reheat the entire dish.

Fridge: Transfer the leftovers to airtight containers and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezer: If you don’t plan to consume the leftovers within a few days, you can freeze them for longer storage. Place the cooled chicken and rice in freezer-safe containers, label them with the date, and store them in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.


When you’re ready to enjoy your leftovers, reheat them in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the oven until they are heated through.

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Here are some common troubleshooting tips for common issues that can arise when making oven-baked chicken and rice:

  • Rice is Undercooked: If the rice is still undercooked when the chicken is done, add more liquid to the pan and continue baking until the rice is tender. Cover the dish to trap steam and aid in cooking.
  • Rice is Overcooked: If the rice becomes mushy or overcooked, you can try reducing the cooking time or lowering the oven temperature slightly in your next attempt. 
  • Chicken is Dry: Overcooking the chicken can lead to dryness. To prevent this, use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C) and remove it promptly from the oven. You can also brush the chicken with olive oil or butter before baking to help retain moisture.
  • Burnt Rice on the Bottom: If you notice the rice on the bottom of the skillet is burnt, it might be due to using too high heat on the stovetop when sautéing the vegetables. Use medium heat and stir frequently to avoid sticking and burning.
  • Uneven Cooking: To ensure even cooking, ensure the chicken thighs are similar in size and thickness. Additionally, distribute the chicken and rice evenly in the skillet. Consider using a convection oven for more even heat distribution if you have a convection oven.
  • Sticky Rice: To prevent sticky rice, rinse it thoroughly before using it in the recipe. Additionally, fluff the rice with a fork after baking to separate the grains.

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Easy One-Pan Oven-Baked Chicken and Rice Recipe

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This Oven Baked Chicken and Rice is a simple and wholesome meal that's a breeze to make, using just a handful of ingredients. It features juicy chicken thighs, perfectly cooked rice, and deliciously roasted vegetables for quick dinner.
Author: Ioana
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
6 servings


  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken Rub

  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Preheat the Oven. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Chop the Vegetables. Finely chop the onion, dice the red pepper, and dice the carrot. Mince the garlic cloves.
  3. Grease a large baking dish (10×15-inch) with butter or non stick cooking spray.
  4. Then add the rice, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, red pepper, and carrot.
  5. Pour in 2 cups of chicken broth and 2 1/4 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well to combine.
  6. Make the Chicken Rub. In a small bowl, mix 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper to create the chicken rub.
  7. Place the chicken thighs on top of the rice mixture.
  8. Rub the prepared chicken rub mixture evenly over the chicken thighs, ensuring they are well coated. Cover the baking dish with a lid or aluminum foil.
  9. Baking. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid or foil. Continue baking for another 10-15 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked (165°F or 74°C internally) and rice is tender. Remove the chicken thighs from the baking dish and set them on a plate.
  10. Use a fork or a spoon to gently stir the rice in the skillet to ensure it's evenly cooked and any liquid is absorbed.
  11. Once the rice is well stirred, return the baked chicken thighs on top of the rice mixture.
  12. Garnish with fresh herbs or extra pepper if desired.


Rice Varieties: While long-grain white rice is suggested, other types like basmati, jasmine, or brown rice can be used. Adjust cooking times accordingly, especially for brown rice, which takes longer.
Veggie Variety: You can use other vegetables like peas, green beans, or corn based on what you have on hand. Fresh or frozen veggies both work!
Check and Stir: Halfway through the baking time, stir the dish to ensure even cooking and check if you need to add more liquid.
Spice it Up: If you like a little heat, add some red pepper flakes or diced chili.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 serving, Calories: 316 kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.4 g, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 24 g, Saturated Fat: 6 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g, Cholesterol: 142 mg, Sodium: 111 mg, Potassium: 296 mg, Vitamin A: 113 IU, Calcium: 12 mg, Iron: 1 mg

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This Oven Baked Chicken and Rice is a simple and wholesome meal that's a breeze to make, using just a handful of ingredients. It features juicy chicken thighs, perfectly cooked rice, and deliciously roasted vegetables for quick dinner.

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