If you are on the hunt for cheap chicken and rice recipes, we have created an amazing list for you.
These easy recipes will quickly become family favorites in no time. Make sure you check out all of our chicken recipes while you’re here.
Each of the recipes in this list are family loved, many are frugal and they all use common ingredients.
Another reason we love cooking chicken at our house is because the cooking time can be as little as 30 minutes, especially for one pot chicken recipes, and can be even less if you’re using your pressure cooker.
Also, chicken is always a safe bet with kids. Adding rice, as we’ve done in each of the recipes on the list below, makes it super filling and a win for busy moms!
Baked Puerto Rican Chicken and Authentic Puerto Rican Rice
This is so easy to make and very inexpensive. Your family will love it.
At our house my kids love this Puerto Rican Stew which we serve over steamed white rice. It is amazing and comes together quickly. It’s the perfect comfort meal.
Also, if you’re cooking chicken for dinner and you want to pair it with brown rice, try cooking it in the pressure cooker. Here is how I make Instant Pot Brown Rice in 22 minutes instead of 55 minutes on the stove top.
Can you cook chicken and rice at the same time?
Yes, you certainly can. There are many recipes like soups and chicken rice casseroles that cook the rice and chicken together at the same time. Many of the recipes on this list are like that.
The biggest thing you want to consider when boiling chicken is that you have enough water and that you don’t boil it too fast. This can make the chicken tight and tough. Add the chicken (raw) and the water to the stove top at the same time so it can slowly increase in temperature you bring it to a boil.
Also known as Arroz Con Pollo, this recipe brings a little Peruvian soul to your table. This flavor-packed one pot meal features ají amarillo (Peruvian yellow chile), and gets its signature green tint from an entire bunch of cilantro.
A scrumptious homemade version of a Chipotle chicken burrito bowl. It’s a dump-start 30 minute Mexican bowl with chicken, rice, beans, corn, and your choice of fresh toppings. Another great one for the Instant Pot collection!
This recipes has a nice Southwest flavor, making it something called cowboy stew. This is a great Sunday meal because it stews on the stovetop for quite some time. But, there’s a quicker method included in the modifications for mid-week meals.
Elevate your chicken and rice "game" with vibrant, Caribbean-inspired flavors. This simple one-pot meal gets its Caribbean kick from allspice, cumin, and red chile. With the addition of sweet potatoes and roasted red peppers, you'll have this beautiful and tasty dish on the table in about 30-40 minutes!
A meal that is easy and low-maintenance, but most importantly, full of flavor. Chicken thighs flavored with lime, coriander and cumin are baked over vibrant yellow rice for a complete, delicious meal that that whole family will love.
This recipe is made in just one pot or skillet. This delicious flavorful meal is perfect for a lovely evening in and is awesome as a meal prep recipe. While traditional biryani is made marinating the chicken in yogurt, I keep it dairy-free using coconut milk for those of us who are allergic or intolerant to dairy.
How can I spice up white rice?
There are so many ways to do this. Some people like to use butter and simple salt and pepper. Others like to use bolder seasonings from their pantry like oregano, garlic powder, chicken broth or chicken stock, cumin, bay leaf, onions, etc. Honestly the possibilities are endless.
Can you boil raw chicken breasts with rice?
Yes, many of the one pot dinner recipes in the list above instruct you to bring the rice and the chicken to a boil together in the same pot.
You can. You can do this in your slow cooker, in your Instant Pot, as a sheet pan dinner or as a stove top one pot meal. Simply follow the directions for the recipe you’re following if you’re uncertain.
Can I use minute rice instead of traditional rice in one of these recipes?
You can, just understand it is going to change the cooking time and it might change when you need to add the minute rice to the recipes. Minute rice is a quick cooking rice. White rice takes about 20 minutes to cook on the stovetop. Minute rice is very quick cooking and is done in about 2 minutes.
Will chicken get more tender the longer your cook it?
You can cook chicken longer but I reccomend its at a lower heat.
For me, the most tender chicken results from cooking chicken all day on low in the slow cooker, when cooking chicken on the bone, when cooking darker meat chicken (like thighs) or when slow cooking a whole bird.