This one-pot chicken and rice recipe makes it easy to get a gluten-free balanced dinner on the table. Not only that, but one dish dinner recipe is versatile. Once you learn how to cook it, you can change up the ingredients to what ever you have on hand.
What I love about this one-pot chicken and rice dish is that it makes clean-up easy, it requires limited attention, and it’s a quick balanced meal.
A balanced gluten-free diet is one that includes a variety of gluten-free grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fat. This recipe has rice, vegetables, protein, and fat so basically… it’s a winning dish. Because you get all of that balance made in just one pot.
Not to mention that as you get the hang of making this recipe, switching out other ingredients as you need to becomes easy. For example, don’t have chicken to use in this one-dish chicken and rice recipe? Swap it for ground beef and make it a one-pot beef and rice recipe.
Which if I am being honest, is the real reason why I love this recipe. Because you can never get bored of it as long as you switch out the core ingredients every once and while.
Speaking of ingredients, let’s talk about what you’ll need to make this one pot rice meal.
To make this one-pot chicken and rice recipe, you’ll need chicken and rice of course. But you’ll also need a few other things to bring this one pot meal together! You’ll also need chicken broth, frozen broccoli, shredded cheese, and cilantro for garnish.
For this recipe you will need cubed chicken. You can use chicken breast for a leaner dish or you can use chicken thighs for a more creamier and flavorful finish. I personally like to use chicken thighs because they are cheaper and I think make for at tastier one pan meal.
So I guess if I were being specific about this recipe, I really am making a one pot chicken thigh and rice dish.
That being said, you don’t even have to use chicken. You can use what ever raw meat you have on hand.
This wouldn’t be a chicken and rice dish without the rice. I’ve used all kinds of rice in this dish but my favorite has been jasmine rice.
That being said you could also use quinoa, brown rice, or wild rice to make this a gluten-free whole-grain meal. You might have to add on a few extra minutes to the cooking time though.
Adding chicken broth to this one pot rice and chicken dish really takes the flavor to the next level. However, I’ve gotten away with using just plain water before too.
Something else to consider is if you are changing up the protein that’s in this dish, you might consider using a different kind of broth. For example, if you making this a beef and rice dish, you might use beef broth instead of chicken broth.
Lastly, to keep this recipe gluten-free, make sure whatever broth that you’re using, that it’s gluten-free. Broths are often made with gluten-containing grains or flavorings, so just double check to make sure.
The shredded cheese is what really keeps this dish creamy. However there have been several times where I’ve been caught without it and the dish still turned out fine.
My favorite shredded cheese to use in this one-pot meal is Monterey Jack shredded cheese. However, you favorite kind of cheese will likely be just as delicious.
The last key ingredient of this one-dish rice and chicken meal is the frozen-broccoli. The frozen broccoli brings in a nice crunch, freshness, and flavor.
Really, the broccoli is here because who doesn’t love a nice broccoli floret covered in cheese?
This one-post rice and chicken dish is perfect served on it’s own. You literally don’t need anything else with it as it has all of the components of a balanced gluten-free meal.
You have chicken for protein, rice as the grain, broccoli as the vegetable, and cheese as the fat. All of that together will help make sure you stay full and satisfied by this delicious one-dish recipe.