This old-fashioned Southern chicken and rice is some of my favorite comfort food. It’s just like the rice my Grandma used to make, and it’s packed with slow cooked flavor.
Southern Chicken and Rice
This Southern chicken and rice recipe is definitely comfort food for the soul. It’s cooked low and slow, and it tastes like all that time created magic for your tastebuds. It’s perfect food for a cool fall or cold winter day.
This is the kind of food my Grandma used to make for me, and the taste of it brings me straight back to her kitchen when I was a kid. The only difference is that she eyeballed everything when she would make it. I think this recipe is very close to hers, so I really hope you all love it as much as I do!
The magic in this recipe is that time does all the work for you, and you don’t need a long ingredient list to create tons of flavor. The ingredients you’ll need are chicken thighs, olive oil, butter, celery, onion, garlic, dried thyme, dried parsley, long grain white rice, chicken broth, salt, and pepper.
How Do You Make Chicken And Rice?
If you’re wondering how to cook chicken and rice on the stove, it’s honestly so easy to make. It just takes a little bit of patience to really get the best flavor. Start by adding the chicken thighs to the oiled Dutch oven, and season them with salt and pepper. Saute them until they’re golden brown and cooked through.
Next, you’ll saute the celery and onion in butter until the onions are translucent and the celery has softened. Add in the garlic, thyme, and parsley and saute until the spices are aromatic.
Add the rice and toast it for a few minutes before adding in the broth. Give it all a good stir, and add the chicken back to the pot. Place the lid on the pot, bring it to a boil, them turn it down to a simmer, and simmer until the rice is finished cooking.
Once the rice is finished cooking, shred the chicken, fluff the rice, and serve with fresh parsley. See the recipe card below for the full written instructions, including ingredient amounts, cooking time, helpful tips, and the printable recipe card, etc.
What Type Of Chicken Should You Use?
The big debate for this recipe is whether you should use bone-in or boneless chicken. Bone-in chicken has more flavor, but it takes longer to cook and is a little bit harder to shred. Since I try to keep the recipes on this site as easy as possible, I opted for boneless skinless chicken thighs. You could swap that for bone-in thighs if you’d like, but you will have to saute them considerably longer.
How Long To Boil Chicken
Boneless skinless chicken thighs and chicken breasts need to boil for about 10 – 15 minutes. The amount of time is based on the size of the piece of meat, but they need to be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F as measured on an instant read meat thermometer. Bone-in chicken will take noticeably longer.
Can You Cook Raw Chicken And Rice Together?
Yes! Raw chicken and uncooked rice can be cooked together to make a perfect easy one pot meal. I prefer to at least sear the chicken in the pot first, because the browning adds so much flavor. Once the rice is finished cooking, just be sure to double check that the chicken is fully cooked with an instant read meat thermometer (it should read at least 165 F).
Is Chicken And Rice Healthy?
Yes! This is a delicious and healthy one pot meal that your whole family can enjoy. It has protein from the chicken, carbs from the rice, and it contains some vegetables. It’s also low in fat and low in sugar.
- You could use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs, and you could even saute up some crumbled sausage with the chicken.
- This recipe is made without canned soup, but you could add in some cream of soup if you want creamy rice.
- You could also add carrots if you want to bulk up the vegetables.
- The last way you could change it up is to stir in some freshly shredded cheese after it’s finished cooking to make really tasty cheesy rice.
What Can I Serve With Southern Chicken And Rice?
This is a great main dish, and I normally serve it with some additional vegetables. I love having it smothered with some homemade gravy, and it’s amazing served with a side of collard greens. Some of my other favorites are:
- Southern Green Beans
- Crockpot Green Beans With Bacon
- Carrot Salad
- Italian Green Beans With Breadcrumbs
- Honey Glazed Carrots
- Broccoli Cranberry Salad
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- 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1 pound)
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 3 stalks celery (sliced, about 1 cup)
- 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
- 3 medium cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 2 cups long grain white rice
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (diced)
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
- Heat a lidded Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pot. Add in the chicken thighs and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 4 - 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and the internal temperature reads 165 F on an instant read meat thermometer. When the chicken is done, remove from the pot.
- Add the chopped celery into the leftover oil and chicken juice and saute for about 5 minutes.
- Add in the butter and onions and saute for another 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Mix in the garlic, thyme, and parsley, and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the rice, and give the bottom of the pot a good scraping with a wooden spoon. Let the rice toast for about 3 - 5 minutes, stirring frequently. It’s finished toasting when you can smell the aroma from the rice and it has changed color.
- Pour in a little bit of the chicken broth to deglaze the pan, then pour in the remaining chicken broth. Stir to make sure there aren't any pieces of rice stuck to the bottom of the pot. Place the cooked chicken over top of the rice, place the lid on the pot, and bring to a boil. Once the rice has come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed. Around 20 - 25 minutes.
- Once the rice is cooked, take out the chicken, and place the lid back on the pot to cover the rice. Let it rest off of the heat for 5 minutes. Pull apart the thighs using forks, creating chunky pieces.
- Mix the chicken through while fluffing the rice, then garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 9.2gCarbohydrates: 53.5gFiber: 1.7gSugar: 2gProtein: 20.7g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
The next time you’re looking for an easy, wholesome, and delicious one pot dinner for your family, try making this epic Southern chicken and rice! It’s a five star recipe that everyone loves.