When it comes to making dinner, you’d traditionally have a protein, a starch and vegetables all on one plate. That also means you’re going to have *loads* of dishes to do, and that’s just not going to fly for a regular ol’ weeknight meal. There are plenty of one-pot dishes that can be made in a cast iron skillet or dutch oven, like one-pot cheesy pumpkin pecan pasta or pesto pasta with smoked salmon. If you’re looking to spice up your weeknight dinners without creating too much of a mess in the kitchen, keep scrolling to discover 18 one-pot chicken and rice dishes that’ll transform mealtime.


1. One-Pot Brazillian Chicken and Rice: Turmeric gives this chicken its bright yellow hue, while lime and corn add a fresh flavor. Curl up with this on a chilly night and it’ll warm you up from the inside out. (via Today)


2. Rustic Italian One-Pot Chicken and Rice: More cheese? Yes, please! Save the baked pasta for another night and instead opt for this comforting Italian chicken and rice bake. (via Simple Seasonal)


3. One-Pot Curry Chicken and Rice: Don’t waste another penny on bad takeout. You can easily make your own amazing chicken curry with rice before the delivery car is loaded. (via Chef de Home)


4. One-Pot Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice: Sofrito, olives and sweet peas are just a few of the tantalizing flavors you’ll experience in this Puerto Rican dish. Invite your friends over to share, because this is too good to eat alone. (via Immaculate Bites)


5. One-Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole: Plagued with picky eaters? This casserole will be the answer to your prayers. You can’t pick out broccoli when it’s covered in cheese, right? (via Jo Cooks)


6. One-Pot Chicken and Dirty Rice: You don’t have to live in Louisiana to appreciate good Cajun chicken and dirty rice. You can even cook them at the same time without having to scrub more than one dish. (via The Chunky Chef)


7. One-Pot Chicken and Rice With Artichokes: Sometimes simplicity is essential when you have a standout ingredient like artichokes. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and you’ve hit a suppertime home run. (via Diethood)


8. One-Pot Chicken Bog: Never heard of bog? Think: Rice pilaf with chicken and sausage added for protein’s sake. (via Life Made Simple)


9. One-Pot Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole: Enchiladas can be such a chore on a busy weeknight. Who has time to fill all those tortillas? Skip the drama and hit all the same flavor notes with an easy enchilada rice casserole. (via Recipe Tin Eats)


10. One-Pot Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Rice: See ya, Chipotle! When you can make their famous cilantro-lime rice and chicken at home (with a creamy avocado sauce, no less), there’s no reason to leave the house. (via Creme de la Crumb)


11. One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice: If you love chicken and rice soup, you’ll *adore* this thicker casserole version. It’s hearty, delicious and the definition of comfort food. (via I Heart Nap Time)


12. One-Pot Greek Chicken and Rice: Weeknight Greek cooking has never been so easy. Classic flavors like hummus, fresh tomatoes and feta are the main flavorings, but feel free to throw in a few kalamata olives if you’re feeling frisky. (via Oh My Creative)


13. One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls: No tortillas? No problem! Whip up these one-pan burrito bowls and you won’t miss the fact that they’re not hand-held. (via 4 Peats Sake)


14. One-Pot Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice: Go international on a Wednesday with a few staple spices and aromatics. Make sure to leave your chicken skin on, so you can get that crispy blackened flavor. (via Ev’s Eats)


15. One-Pot Moroccan Chicken and Rice: Your house will smell like a seasoned Moroccan kitchen thanks to cinnamon, saffron and ginger. This may take longer than your average one-pot meal, but it’s worth every second and then some. (via Hapa Nom Nom)


16. Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice: Five ingredients and 30 minutes is all you need to devote to this meal. Bonus: You probably have everything you need already. (via Kevin and Amanda)


17. One-Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Rice: Get ready for a major Caribbean taste explosion. If you’re feeling really gutsy, you can add a whole Scotch bonnet pepper to the mix. (via Immaculate Bites)


18. One-Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Rice: This sweet and savory dish brings all the umami out to play. Top with scallions and sesame seeds and you’re ready to serve to a crowd of hungry foodies. (via Carlsbad Cravings)

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