10 Delicious Ways to Serve Chicken and Rice for Dinner
In the pantheon of perfect pairings, there are a few timeless standouts. Bacon and eggs. Peanut butter and jelly. Sauternes and foie gras. And, of course, chicken and rice. It's no coincidence that these two staple ingredients come together in so many global cuisines.
First up in the chicken and rice hall of fame is arroz con pollo (which is just Spanish for chicken with rice). It's a traditional dish that’s fundamental to Latin American and Caribbean cuisine, where each country has its own distinct variation. Arroz con pollo is a cousin of Spanish paella and Cajun jambalaya. These closely related chicken and rice dishes are widely agreed to have originated in Africa.
In Puerto Rico's arroz con pollo the rice is usually seasoned with sofrito, a seriously savory garlicky pepper sauce; Cuban arroz con pollo gets its inimitable flavor from beer and sour orange juice; and Dominican arroz con pollo—also called locrio de pollo—stands out from its neighbors thanks to the caramelized sugar that coats the chicken.
Some of our other favorite standout chicken and rice dishes include Indian biryani, Caribbean coconut rice with chicken, and the down-home American classic that is creamy, cheesy chicken-and-rice casserole. Chicken and rice are both budget-friendly ingredients from which you can build dozens of different meals. (You can save even more money by purchasing whole chickens and cutting them up at home.) Best of all, even the pickiest eaters will chow down on a plate of tender chicken and savory rice.
Strapped for time? Chicken and rice have your back! Most of these chicken and rice dishes are one-pot meals, which means less time standing at the stove and fewer dishes to wash afterwards. Now you know what they mean when they say, "Winner, winner chicken dinner!"
Arroz Con Pollo
An intensely aromatic medley of sautéed onion, garlic, tomato paste, roasted peppers, and saffron creates the flavorful base of this one-pan chicken and rice dish.
Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice
Our newest interpretation of this Caribbean classic is studded with pigeon peas, capers, pimiento-stuffed olives, and plenty of cilantro.
Smoky andouille sausage mingles with tender chicken thighs and the "holy trinity" of celery, bell pepper, and onion in this iconic Louisiana dish.
Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice
Coconut milk adds creamy sweetness to basmati rice, while plenty of fresh ginger and curry powder give the dish a lively zing.
One-Pot Chicken and Rice with Swiss Chard
Simple, wholesome ingredients like chard, carrots, chicken legs, and basmati rice make a colorful and nutritious dinner for the whole gang.
Moroccan Chicken and Rice with Chickpeas
Inspired by the tagines of North Africa, this one-pot chicken and rice dinner is seasoned with cinnamon, cumin, and paprika.
Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole
Yes, it's just like Mom used to make! This creamy casserole starts with a rotisserie chicken, saving you all kinds of time.
A luxurious dish popular throughout India and Pakistan, this richly spiced chicken and rice celebration has the flavors of toasted cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin, coriander, and saffron.
Chicken with Rice, Broccoli, and Scallions
Try a healthy twist on the typical chicken-and-broccoli casserole. This one-pan veggie-packed dinner gets loads of flavor from mustard powder, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
Asian-Style Chicken and Rice
Your favorite flavors from Japanese and Chinese cuisines—scallions, ginger, cilantro, garlic, and shiitake mushrooms—bake into a chicken casserole that's extra creamy because it's made with arborio rice.