Lemony Chicken and Rice
Chicken and rice is always a simple dinner option, but it doesn't have to be plain. Dress up this dish with bright lemon flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
Chicken and rice recipes often result in tired, stringy chicken and rice that is either overcooked and gummy or undercooked and chalky. For our Lemony Chicken and Rice recipe, we wanted juicy chicken and tender rice, both packed with bright lemon flavor. We found that there is almost no way to cook the chicken and the rice to their ideal doneness together. So we browned the chicken by itself in a Dutch oven, and then transferred it to another pan to bake. We could then use the Dutch oven to cook the rice in so that it picked up rich chicken flavor. Bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts were the juiciest and most flavorful; the breastbone and skin enabled the meat to retain its juices while cooking. We added lemon zest to the rice as it cooked, waiting until the rice was done to add the juice so that its flavor remained strong, producing a truly excellent Lemony Chicken and Rice recipe.