Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

Dinner  |  Published Jun 13, 2022  |  Updated Jun 13, 2022  |  By Tawnie

chicken thighs and yellow rice in a cast iron skillet garnished with feta, parsley, tomatoes and kalamata olives

With summer time weather in full force, we are craving fresh and healthy meals like this easy and flavorful Mediterranean Chicken and Rice. ⭐️

chicken and rice in a black cast iron skillet

This recipe does require you to turn the oven on for ~35 minutes. I know ovens and summer time is a bad combo but for this dinner it is so worth it!

I’m all about using the cast iron skillet to whip up dinners. If it can be made using one pan/one skillet/one bowl, I’m in. I think we can all agree that less dishes make us all happier people. 😂

If you’re craving more Mediterranean meals, we love this Mediterranean Salmon and this Mediterranean Orzo Salad recipe too! They are both delicious warm weather recipes.

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken thighs: We love using skinless, boneless chicken thighs for this meal. Makes it easier to cut up and eat once it’s done!
  • Rice: Jasmine rice or a long grain variety. This recipe has not been tested with brown rice.
  • Seasonings: you’ll need cumin, turmeric and cinnamon for the yellow rice. For the chicken, dried oregano, dried parsley, salt, pepper and paprika.
  • Onion: Be sure to finely dice the onion so there isn’t large chunks of onion in the yellow rice.
ingredients to make chicken and rice in small white glass bowls

How to make Mediterranean Chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium sized bowl, mix chicken thighs with oregano, parsley, paprika, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  2. 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.
  3. Chicken won’t cook completely, that’s OK because it will be going into the oven to cook all the way!
  4. 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.
  5. Then, add in the uncooked rice and stir for 30 seconds. Then add in the chicken broth, turmeric, cumin and cinnamon, stir.
  6. Place chicken back in pan on top of the uncooked rice. Cover with foil and bake in your preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165° F and rice is cooked.

Garnish with parsley and other garnish suggestions and enjoy!

step by step photos making chicken and rice in a cast iron

Mediterranean Chicken FAQ

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?

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

What are commonly used Mediterranean ingredients?

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

What is yellow rice?

This yellow rice is the best rice I’ve ever had. We made it 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. Adding in the turmeric not only gives it a beautiful 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!

Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs?

Yes! I would slice them in half lengthwise to make them thinner and easier to cook!

mediterranean chicken and rice in a cast iron skillet garnished with kalamata olives and feta cheese

Which do you prefer?

chicken and rice in a bowl garnished with kalamata olives and feta cheese

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chicken thighs and yellow rice in a cast iron skillet garnished with feta, parsley, tomatoes and kalamata olives
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Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

Mediterranean Chicken and Rice is fuss-free, full of flavor and so so good. Made with chicken thighs and perfectly cooked yellow jasmine rice. It's a staple weeknight dinner recipe!
4.77 from 30 reviews
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 377kcal

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1 lb. Chicken Thighs, boneless, skinless (or ~5 chicken thighs)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced (~1/4 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil

For the yellow rice:

  • 1 cup Jasmine or Basmati white 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
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • fresh parsley for garnish

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

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350° 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 once hot place seasoned chicken onto cast iron skillet (or the pan you are using) and cook for ~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 aside 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. Pour in the chicken broth, turmeric, cumin and cinnamon, stir. Place chicken back in pan on top of the uncooked rice and turn the heat off.
    • Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165° F and rice is cooked. Taste rice and adjust seasonings, adding more salt or pepper as desired. Garnish with parsley and other garnishes you prefer and enjoy!

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    Notes

    • Recipe adapted from Dinner then Dessert.
    • 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! 
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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.9g | Protein: 34g

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    Kenneth F Brittain
    1 year ago

    Excellent. Beautiful, easy, and delicious. But the rice component needed salt.

    Luisa
    1 year ago

    I made this recipe few times already we love its

    Jeanette H
    1 year ago

    This was so delicious, and whole family loved and all gone! Thank you for the recipe

    Tina Lazar
    1 year ago

    So easy and flavorful. We prefer chicken breasts so I was worried they would dry out. I added sundried tomatoes and juice on breasts as they baked. They were moist and rice was amazing. Will definitely make this again!

    Danielle
    1 year ago

    Hello, I’m really keen to make this for dinner this evening, I’m based in the UK and I don’t have a cast iron skillet – I don’t think my frying pan will fit in our oven. Will this recipe work the same if I either a) cook it in the pan on the hob? Or should I b) put it in a casserole dish for the oven?

    Thanks
    Danielle

    Z
    2 years ago

    Easy and DELICIOUS. Followed the suggestions for kalamata olives + tomatoes as toppings. A new favorite! Thank you!

    Candice
    2 years ago

    Excellent! I used chicken breasts and it is delicious!

    Lisa
    2 years ago

    I made this tonight and it was fantastic. Easy, fast and wow! This will be a new regular. Thank you

    Angie
    2 years ago

    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!

    Shea
    2 years ago

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

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