22 Quick and Easy Chicken and Rice Recipes

When you need a plate of comfort and you need it now

Cheddar Chicken and Rice Casserole

The Spruce/Diana Chistruga

What could be more comforting for dinner or lunch in a pinch than a classic chicken and rice combo? And who deserves that simple pleasure more than you? When you've had a long day, and are in need of some down-home-feels in the form of food, we've got you covered with our quick and easy, chicken and rice recipes. From nostalgic dinner casseroles to quick-cooking soups, easy stir-fries, Instant Pot dishes, and copycat food truck meals, our recipes are designed for quick assembly with little to think about (because we already gave most our brain power to the work day).

Many of these come together in a single cooking vessel using convenient pantry staples, so clean-up is a breeze. Whether you need ideas for quick weeknight suppers, freeze-ahead meals, or dishes you can assemble in the crockpot for hands-free cooking, you'll find it all here.

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    No-Peek Chicken

    No-Peek Chicken Recipe

    The Spruce / Nita West

    Sunday dinner doesn't get much easier than no-peek chicken. This budget-conscious recipe uses easy ingredients, including a store-bought wild rice mix, canned condensed soups, and browned chicken pieces, to create a one-dish meal you will be proud to serve. The name comes from the fact that you don't have to check on the chicken even once, while it cooks to perfection in the oven.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Thighs and Rice

    Instant Pot Chicken Thighs and Rice

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni & Eric Kleinberg

    Budget-friendly chicken thighs shine in this hearty and delicious weeknight recipe. Our quick and easy chicken and rice meal is a cinch to cook up in the Instant Pot, and ready to eat in well under an hour. It's ideal for those busy nights when you are rushing to get a nutritious family supper on the table.

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    Arroz con Pollo

    Arroz con Pollo

    The Spruce / Julia Estrada

    Arroz con pollo (literally, rice with chicken in Spanish) is a classic Latin American dish. Our Mexican-style recipe cooks up in well under an hour in a single skillet, with well-seasoned chunks of chicken, fresh green chilies, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and long-grain white rice, for a filling dish with lots of fantastic smoky and spicy flavor. All you really need to do it stir and forget it until you have a beautiful aromatic spread.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Adobo and Rice

    Instant Pot Chicken Adobo and Rice

    The Spruce / Christine Ma

    Filipino-style chicken adobo should be part of every chicken lover's dinner rotation. Our Instant Pot recipe for chicken cooked in a full-flavored adobo sauce is sweet, sour, and salty all at once, and a snap to pull together on busy weeknights. Serve it over hot, cooked white rice to soak up all that amazing sauce, garnished with optional sliced green onions.

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    Chicken Fried Rice

    Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic

    Once you experience how easy it is to make chicken fried rice at home, you will never want to order takeout again. You need just 20 minutes to cook it on the stove for a dinner that will make kids cheer. The recipe includes suggestions for veggies to include, but feel free to use any hanging out in your crisper or freezer.

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    Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole With Italian Dressing

    Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole With Italian Dressing

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Dinner doesn't get much easier, or more nostalgic, than this one-dish chicken and rice casserole with Italian dressing. Convenient store-bought ingredients, including Italian dressing mix and cream of chicken condensed soup, are clever shortcuts to great texture and flavor. Start it when you get home from work, and let it cook away in the oven. Before you know it, you'll be sitting down to a satisfying supper.

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    Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

    Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot may be the best thing to happen to chicken soup in years. You'll save tons of time by using its pressure cooker to create an intensely-flavorful, homemade chicken broth, which you can fill with chewy rice, cooked chicken breast meat, and healthy vegetables. Use dried thyme and rosemary, or any other pantry seasonings you like, to make it your own.

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    Thai Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

    Pineapple Chicken Thai Fried Rice

    The Spruce / Ali Redmond

    Sweet and savory Thai pineapple chicken fried rice is a wonderful special occasion or potluck meal that takes little time from start to finish. It brings together tender chicken, sweet pineapple chunks, crunchy nuts, and soft raisins, all flavored with a salty Thai-style sauce you can make with readily available, store-bought ingredients. You can even prep the rice and veggies in the morning and cook everything in no time at night.

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    Oyakodon (Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)

    Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl (Oyakodon) Recipe

    The Spruce

    Oyakodon is Japanese comfort food at its best and is a staple menu item at diners in Japan. A don (or donburi) is a rice bowl in Japanese, and oyakodon is a simple, tummy-warming, one-bowl meal of chicken and rice that you can whip up in 20 minutes on chilly winter weeknights. It is made by simmering chicken, lightly-beaten eggs, and onions in a dashi-flavored stock and ladling these over hot and fluffy rice.

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    Cheddar Chicken and Rice Casserole

    Cheddar Chicken and Rice Casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken and microwave rice packets to make this weeknight essential casserole even simpler to prepare. Kids will love digging their forks into the cheesy chicken bake, and busy parents will appreciate that it cooks up easily in one dish, making clean-up a breeze, too.

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    Chaufa Rice

    Chaufa Rice Recipe

    The Spruce / Nyssa Tanner

    Chaufa is a tasty Chinese-Peruvian fried rice dish that may become your new favorite fried rice. You need fewer than 10 ingredients and just 20 minutes to cook it up on busy weeknights. Simply chop everything ahead of time, and stir-fry quickly in a pan for a filling, one-dish meal.

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    Copycat Halal Cart Chicken and Rice

    Halal Cart Chicken and Rice

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Halal cart chicken and rice is a popular New York City street food that inspires long line-ups. Our clever copycat recipe lets you skip the wait, and recreate this favorite and filling food on your stove-top at home. Once the chicken meat is marinated, you need only about 30 minutes to put together an appetizing plate of crispy, seasoned chicken meat, fluffy turmeric rice, and the iconic, yogurt-based white sauce.

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    Instant Pot Orange Chicken Over Rice

    Instant Pot Orange Chicken

    Diana Rattray

    When you're short on time to get dinner on the table, but don't want to resort to take-out, our Instant Pot orange chicken is a great solution. We use the electric pressure cooker for a faithful recreation of the popular Chinese restaurant order, for an easy supper you can make in less than 30 minutes with boneless chicken breasts. Serve over hot steamed rice.

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    Bukharan Chicken and Rice Plov

    Bukharan Chicken and Rice Plov With Vegetables

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Plov is a beloved dish of the Bukharan Jews of Central Asia. It is a delicious and fragrant rice pilaf loaded with succulent chicken morsels, tender rice grains, and plenty of aromatic flavors. You will find it served at weddings (and even funerals) in its native region, but it also makes a wonderful, humble stove-top dinner that will please even picky eaters in your household.

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    Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

    Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot makes it easy to prepare a wholesome, family-friendly chicken and rice supper in less time than you would need to order and wait for a pizza. This quick-cooking recipe uses a blend of dried Italian herbs to add flavor to boneless, skinless chicken breasts and includes crunchy, colorful vegetables for extra flavor and nutrition.

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    Chicken Risotto With Long-Grain Rice

    Chicken Risotto With Long-Grain Rice Recipe

    The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    You don't need to go out and buy special arborio rice for this sneaky chicken risotto that swaps in long-grain rice. Just stir the rice frequently as it cooks, which will break up the starches in the grains, producing the creamy texture you crave in a risotto. Serve it for an elegant main course at dinner, perhaps with a glass of dry white wine.

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    Chicken and Rice Stuffed Peppers

    Chicken and Rice Stuffed Peppers

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

    A creamy, curried chicken and rice mixture takes every day stuffed peppers to new heights. They bake to perfection in only 30 minutes for a yummy, lower-calorie alternative to the classic beef and rice stuffed peppers. The recipe includes chopped jarred pimentos, but feel free to substitute slivered almonds if you like.

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    Onigiri (Chicken Rice Balls)

    Onigiri (Chicken Rice Balls) Recipe

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Rolling up delicious onigiri is a fun cooking activity to do with kids. These cute little chicken and rice balls make a wholesome after-school snack, a yummy lunch, or a supremely easy dinner when you serve them with a side salad. Fix them in a snap, by boiling chicken leg meat in an easy, Asian-style marinade, before mixing it with cooked, short-grain rice, and pressing it into balls.

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    Chicken Divan With Broccoli and Rice

    Chicken Divan With Broccoli and Rice Recipe

    The Spruce

    Most kids love the flavors of chicken, cheese, and broccoli together. They all combine in this divinely delicious (and sneakily healthy) family casserole. It makes great use of leftover chicken and cooked rice and bakes in just 30 minutes, making it a no-brainer for busy weeknights.

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    Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

    Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

    The Spruce

    You need only a few minutes to assemble this delicious chicken and rice casserole that finishes cooking in your crock pot. Just load up the appliance with ingredients in the morning, and come home to a complete family dinner in one dish. Condensed soups help to make it an easy, convenient, inexpensive, fuss-free meal.

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    Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

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    This puts a spin on classic chicken and rice, where the cauliflower takes the place of our usual starch here. To make it keto, we use cauliflower rice to satisfy without increasing your macro count. Speed things up with leftover chicken breast or rotisserie chicken. You can buy frozen cauliflower rice instead of cooking it yourself to make it even easier.

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    Chicken Almondine: Skillet Chicken With Almonds

    Easy skillet chicken with almonds

    The Spruce

    If you're looking for a simple yet special recipe for chicken, this easy dish is an excellent choice. The boneless chicken breasts are cooked in a butter and wine sauce with a little rosemary and other seasonings and served with sautéed almonds. You can simply increase the liquid and cook the rice right in the pan with the chicken, then dinner is ready in 30 minutes or less.