One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice

Easy one pan Spanish chicken and rice is made with simple seasoning that come together with zesty, bold flavors in this one pot, 30 minute meal. 

One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice |
I’m thinking a little bit outside of the box this week and so far I’m loving the out-of-the-box dishes that are happening. I love chicken and rice together and a couple of days ago I was just craving a good ol’ one pan/one pot chicken and rice, only I really wanted to step up the flavor profile.

I’ve been making my ultra-popular one pot lemon herb chicken and rice for a couple of years now and love how easy it is to make with just a few ingredients I almost always have on hand. This week, I took that same one pan chicken and rice idea and put a fun, delicious new twist on it with some big, bold, Spanish seasonings and you guys…. this might even be better than that lemon herb chicken dish. So if you’ve tried that and love it, you are going to go crazy for this Spanish chicken and rice version.

One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice |

There is one ingredient you mayyyy not recognize and it’s coriander. If you haven’t cooked with coriander, it’s kind of similar to cumin. I use it occassionally and really love the depth it gives to the flavor of dishes. It’s easy to find in the spice section of any grocery store, but if you have everything but the coriander and don’t want to make a special trip to the store just for one ingredient, you can actually use an equal amount of cumin as a pretty great substitute! If you try this dish, I would love to hear what you think of the flavors so don’t be shy and make sure to leave a comment or send me an email or message!!

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Easy one pan Spanish chicken and rice is made with simple seasoning that come together with zesty, bold flavors in this one pot, 30 minute meal.
Recipe type: Main Dish / Dinner
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 4
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, OR 6 chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2¼ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lemon
  • chopped cilantro or parsley, for garnish
Spanish seasoning mix
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander (see note)
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  1. In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients for the Spanish seasoning mix. Divide in half and set aside. Cut the lemon in half, then thinly slice one half - for garnish - and reserve the other half for juicing later in the recipe.
  2. Place chicken in a medium bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil, then toss to coat well. Use half of the prepared seasoning mix to rub on both sides of each piece of chicken.
  3. Drizzle a large skillet with remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and bring to medium heat. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned. Transfer to a plate. (It won't be cooked through at this point)
  4. Add rice, chicken broth, juice from ½ of the lemon, and remaining seasoning mix and stir to combine. Return chicken to the pan on top of the rice. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes until liquid is absorbed, rice is tender, and chicken is cooked through.
  5. Garnish with lemon slices and freshly chopped cilantro or parsley and serve immediately.
*Coriander is found in the spice section of any typical grocery store. In a pinch, cumin can be used as a substitute.

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hey girl- this looks so tasty!

    Wonderful recipe. Cooked just as directed, used meyer lemons cause that’s what I had on hand. Delicious and everyone said ‘wow’ when I put the cast iron on the table. I did crank the heat and removed the lid at the end to get some crusty rice on the bottom.

Love the one skillet meals especially how they look so inviting on the stovetop or table. Family just can’t wait to dig in and the smells!!!!!-Laurel Bledsoe

This was so good! I didn’t have coriander, so doubled up on the cumin…also couldn’t find my paprika so I did without that-and it was still amazing! My husband, 1 and 2 year old all loved it as well. I did add a bit more rice and chicken broth to make it go further. Thanks so much for this recipe!!

Bake at what temperature?

Made this for dinner and husband and daughter begged to have it on a regular basis!! We all loved it, and I especially loved how simple it was to make and it’s only one pot! Thank you Tiffany for the awesome recipe!!

I tried this tonight. I added to the recipe corn and kidney beans(would have preferred black but didn’t have them). It was so delicious! Next time I’m adding canned tomatoes, and serving it with sour cream.

Excellent flavors! By the time the rice was done, the chicken was overdone. Next time I will keep an eye on the chicken and remove it while the rice finishes.

Really enjoyed this dish. The seasoning was spot on. I did add chopped onion, a can of diced tomatoes with jalapeños, a cup of frozen corn and chicken thighs because it just seemed to go with the theme. Iused limes in place of the lemons cause I had them on hand. Thanks for an awesome one pan great tasting meal!

Oh, how delicious, I put five

One of my favorite dishes. I favor using chicken thighs for their flavor and will add onion cause I like onions and corn added to the pan or served on the side. The spices are spot on and it’s easy and quick to put together. So good.

Forgot the 5 stars!

Awesome recipe! My whole family loves it and can never get enough.

Made this for dinner last evening and it was a huge hit. I roasted the Spanish seasoning mix for a minute to bring out the flavors even more. Will definitely make this again!

    Yay I am so glad to hear that! Thanks for your sweet message Gayle!

Really beautiful flavours. Made this tonight with ease. I’m pretty certain I am going to be making all your recipes by the end of the month. Keep it up xx

    Thank you so much Caroline! I am so happy to hear that!! 🙂

Hoping to make this tonight! What temp do you bake it at?


Absolutely delicious! Made it over a week ago and enjoyed with my man who also commented on the good combination of seasoning.