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One Pan Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

Dinner  |  Published on Feb 27, 2019  |  Last modified on Nov 6, 2019

mediterranean chicken and yellow rice in a cast iron skillet

Mediterranean Chicken and Rice is a restaurant style dish that is made with fresh Mediterranean flavors. A nutritious dinner made in an hour that the whole family will enjoy.

“More Mediterranean dinners please!”

That was a popular request on a recent poll I sent out in my newsletter last month. SOoOOoOo here we go!

I’m delivering all things Mediterranean, starting with this easy and flavorful One Pan Mediterranean Chicken and Rice dinner. (or lunch!).

I’m all about using the cast iron skillet to whip up dinners. If it can be made using one pan, I’m in. Who else dreads the mound of dishes after a long day? The less dishes, the happier I am. You too, right?!

What if I don’t have a cast iron pan?

  • You can use a regular deep frying pan too!

How do I season my cast iron skillet?

  1. Scrub skillet well in hot soapy water.
  2. Dry thoroughly.
  3. Spread a thin layer of melted shortening or vegetable oil over the skillet.
  4. Place it upside down on a middle oven rack at 375°. (Place foil on a lower rack to catch drips.)
  5. Bake 1 hour; let cool in the oven.

What are the commonly used Mediterranean ingredients?

  • A lot of Basil, cucumbers, dill, fennel, feta cheese, garlic, honey,
    lemon, mint, olive oil, oregano, yogurt.

Tell me more about this yellow rice!

  • This yellow rice is the best rice I’ve ever had. We made if over Christmas and we are now obsessed!
  • Use Jasmine rice! Jasmine rice is naturally fragrant and has the most wonderfully rich, mellow, and almost nutty flavor.
  • You can find it at most major supermarkets either in the international foods aisle or in the rice section, usually on the bottom shelf. I like to buy it in bulk!


Adding in the turmeric not only gives it this beautifully glowing yellow color but it adds a richness to the dish. Add in cumin so it adds to the nutty flavor of the jasmine rice!

What rice can I use if I don’t have jasmine?

  • Any white long grain white rice works! (Cooking time and liquid for brown rice will vary)

Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs?

  • Yes! I would slice them in half lengthwise to make them thinner and easier to cook!
One Pan meals are necessary during busy weeknights – try my take on Mediterranean Chicken and yellow turmeric rice! #krollskorner Click To Tweet
mediterranean chicken and yellow rice in a cast iron skillet

One Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

One Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Rice made is with chicken thighs and yellow jasmine rice. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner recipe!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 377kcal
Author: Tawnie Kroll


For the chicken:

  • 1 lb. Chicken Thighs, boneless, skinless (about 5 chicken thighs)
  • 1.5 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

For the yellow rice:

  • 1 cup Jasmine rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup white onion, diced (or yellow onion is ok too!)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley

Garnish ideas: kalamata olives, feta cheese, fresh parsley, lemon zest, diced tomatoes


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, mix chicken thighs with oregano, parsley, paprika, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
      Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add in olive oil, then place seasoned chicken onto cast iron skillet (or the pan you are using) and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Chicken won’t cook completely, that’s OK because it will be going into the oven to cook all the way!
    • Remove the chicken from the cast iron and set side on a plate. Keep the cast iron on medium heat, melt the butter and add in diced onion. Cook for about 2-3 minutes and then stir in garlic.
      Then, add in the uncooked rice and stir for 30 seconds. Then add in the chicken broth, turmeric, cumin and cinnamon, stir. Place chicken back in pan on top of the uncooked rice. 
      Cover with foil and bake in your preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and rice is cooked. Garnish with parsley and other garnish suggestions and enjoy!
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    This recipe serves 4, depending on your appetite. When Cameron and I are really hungry…we can eat this entire meal on our own, haha! 


    Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.9g | Protein: 34g


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    1. Is my husband secretly a fan of your blog? Because he keeps saying the same thing to me when I ask him what he wants for dinner — “More Mediterranean, please!” I am adding this to my meal plan list ASAP. He will be so pleased.

    2. This Recipe is so easy and AMAZING! Being a working mom, give me a one pan meal and I’m in! The best part is I already had all of the ingredients on hand to make this as they are items I always have. I’m not one to typically leave a review but this one deserved it. Even got the husbands stamp of approval.

      1. Aw Debby thank you SOO much!! This means so much to me that you (and your hubby) enjoyed it – thank you!

    3. Very tasty recipe! I’ve never mad a Mediterranean chicken before and this was easy and delicious. Adding feta gave it an extra burst of flavor.

    4. I made this tonight, and it was AMAZING! This is definitely going into rotation. My picky 5yr devoured it.

      1. Aw Christine, that made my day!! Thank you so much for the comment, I am glad your little one enjoyed it! xo, Tawnie

    5. Looks delicious! Would we be able to simmer on stovetop covered instead of baking? Our oven is currently… out of commission unfortunately. Thank you!!

      1. Hi Shea! Thank you, I have never done it that way but I am sure it would work just fine! 🙂 I hope you love it!

    6. Made this the other night and it was super yummy! My 4yo grandson ate his, had dessert, then asked for more chicken and rice! I set some aside for my son that worked late, and when I went to get it for him, someone had beat me to it. Will definitely be making this again…soon!

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