Crispy chicken bakes over a bed of tomato basil rice in this One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken & Rice. Dinner is ready in 45 minutes!
All made in one pan and so easy to prepare, you won’t believe it when it’s done. No rice cookers and no extra pans needed! Tomato Basil Chicken & Rice has the most popular vote for dinner in my house!
Chicken and Rice
Back up a second. Let me rephrase. Chicken SO crispy on the outside; tender and falling apart on the inside; tomato, basil rice with so much flavour and cooked in so.much.sauce. Chicken broth, tomato juices and chicken flavours, mixed through with chopped tomatoes, fresh basil leaves AND the addition of sun dried tomatoes if you so desire.
- Easy ✔
- Delicious ✔
- One-pan ✔
One Pan Recipe
This Italian inspired recipe comes from this One Pot Italian Chicken and Rice recipe from so long ago. An even BETTER version times a thousand! I have no doubt in my mind you will fall in love with THIS ONE.
How To Make One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken And Rice
- This recipe calls for a skillet, but if you don’t own one you can a normal pan to sear your chicken in over stove top, add the rice and the rest of the ingredients, then transfer everything to a large 9×13-inch baking dish.
- You can use bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts if you don’t like thighs.
- The recipe is the perfect rice to liquid ratio when using white rice. If using brown rice, you will certainly need up your liquid. I have not tried this recipe with brown rice, so I cannot give you any advice.
Chicken thighs are crisp-tender and juicy, cooked WITH the rice in one pan to minimise cleanup! You are SO welcome!
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One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken and Rice
- 6 chicken thighs , skin on, bone in
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic , chopped
- 1 onion , diced
- 1 red bell pepper (capsicum) , deseeded and chopped
- 1/3 cup sun dried tomato strips in oil , chopped (optional: but adds flavour)
- 1 1/3 cup uncooked long grain rice , rinsed (arborio rice may also be used for a risotto-like consistency)
- 14.5 ounce (400g) tin crushed tomatoes, with liquid
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth (or chicken stock)
- 1-2 teaspoons salt (adjust to your taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper , (adjust to your taste)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves , chopped
- extra chopped fresh basil (to serve)
- Preheat oven to 200°c | 400°F. Heat the oil in a large, deep ovenproof cast iron skillet/or pan (over 30 cm or 12-inches). Add the chicken, skin side down; sear for 3-4 mins on medium-high heat. Turn each thigh and sear until golden all over. Transfer the chicken onto a warm plate.
- Add the garlic; fry until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the onion and red peppers / capsicum; fry for about 3 minutes or until and onion is transparent. Stir in the sun dried tomatoes, rice, crushed tomatoes and chicken broth (stock). Season with salt, pepper and dried basil. Bring to a simmer and allow the rice to soak up all the tomato flavours.
- Place chicken thighs, skin side up, over rice. Bring to the boil; rotate the chicken in the tomato sauce to coat; cover with foil; transfer to preheated oven and allow to bake for about 40 minutes, or until the rice has softened and absorbed the liquid and the chicken is cooked through. Stir through an extra 1/4 cup of water to the rice ONLY if needed (if rice hasn't cooked fully).
- Remove cover; change oven settings to broil / grill on medium heat for a further 8-10 minutes or until the chicken is crispy and golden.
- Season with extra salt to taste; sprinkle with freshly chopped basil to serve.
Mary Beth Einerson says
Forgot to mention that I used a Le Creuset Braiser with lid. a perfect fit for this recipe.
Mary Beth Einerson says
Delicious! The only changes I made were to concentrate on the skin side of the chicken during the sear so that I could skip the broil at the end and to stir the arborio rice into the onion mixture and cook for a minute or so before adding the liquid ingredients. Sun-dried tomatoes added tons of great flavor. If making again I might use the ones not in oil as my only complaint was the the finished dish was a bit on the oily side.
This was excellent! I used boneless skinless chicken. I did have to cook the rice longer and add more broth because I didn’t have enough white rice on hand and had to use about 1/3 cup of brown rice to piece it out, but that one was on me. I ended up taking out the chicken after the first bake to keep it from overcooking and covered it on a separate plate. Worked perfectly.
This was also a great way to use some garden produce, too! We’ve been overrun with tomatoes, bell peppers and basil recently, so this was a great way to use them up, too. To use the tomatoes, I washed them, boiled them for a minute, then dumped them into ice water. Then I peeled the skins off and chopped the tomatoes into a bowl set on my kitchen scale. Worked perfectly.
The few tweaks I made were to add a pat of butter to the olive oil before browning the chicken, sprinkle the chicken with a small amount of garlic salt before browning it and, at the recommendation of one of the commenters here, added a couple pinches of saffron to the mixture before transferring it to the oven. I served it with a summer squash side dish (more tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini and yellow squash and an onion), and the flavors really complemented each other well.
Excellent! I’m keeping this recipe, for sure! Thank you for sharing!
I have been married 27 years and have cooked many chicken and rice dishes. I made this dish last weekend and my husband said it is the best chicken and rice dish he has ever had and I have ever cooked for him! My mom said the dish was perfect! My sister and sister in-law both said the flavor was so good. Every thing cooked so well, the measurements were right on. Thank you for this recipe.
This is one of my favourite recipes. It just tantalises my taste buds. I have made it so many times since discovering it. 🙂
I’ve made several of your recipes and all of them have been great but this one blows the rest out of the water!! The way the rice soaks up the crushed tomato juices along with the fresh basil is simply HEAVENLY!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes, you’re truly a wonderful cook!
thank you for another wonderful recipe. Your website is my go-to now. Just a random question: what is the funky music (or what genre) that you always have to go with your recipe videos? They are awesome, and would love to play that at home while I am cooking.
Easy and oh so delicious. Thank you very much for the recipe. I passed it on to a friend and she really enjoyed it as well.
A family favourite. The only one thing I will omit next time if the browning of the skin. I can’t for the life of me brown the skin. It sticks to the pan. Other than that the rice is amazing
Dan Larsson says
Thanks for a great recipe! I made this today. So delicous! Since i hade celery and mushrooms i added them to the other vegetables. Some grated parmesan on the top made this dish a complete success!
Greetings from Sweden!
Karina, thank you sooo much for sharing this recipe. I’m grateful I found you on Pinterest and signed up for your newsletter. I made this recipe exactly as you printed it and it is perfect!!! The combination of ingredients and liquid to rice ration are PERFECT!! I brought leftovers in for my co-workers to try and they liked it as much as I and requested the recipe. Looking forward to trying more of your creations. Thank you, again. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Thank you so much for the kind words and for the comment! I am happy that you love it and that you shared it with your co-workers. It is one of my favorite recipes. Thanks for following along with me! xo
Made this tonight and it was delicious! Used boneless, skinless thighs and had no fresh basil but everyone loved it!
I am so glad that you all loved this meal! This is one of my very favorites. Thanks for taking time to comment and for following along with me!
Sue Deveau says
Found this recipe when I googled thighs, rice, and stewed tomatoes, trying to find something for dinner. Only had dry basil, and no sun dried tomatoes, but it still came out great for an easy family dinner. I now make it once or twice a month. I wouldn’t hesitate to serve this for a casual dinner party, either.
Amazing, dropped the basil for turmeric and a touch of cumin, parsley for cilantro. Long grain for basmati rice. And fresh coriander to top it off. Great lunch meal with family. Thank you dear:)
This was very nice. Reminded me of something my grandmother used to make when I was little. An absolute keeper.
Jennifer Welding says
Holy smokes is this good. I needed to make for five with three teenagers so kind of doubled it. Don’t have a skillet big enough so I used a non-stick roasting pan on the stove with three burners going to get the chicken seared and it.was.perfect. we added a bit of saffron right before the broil and it was over the top! Can’t wait to make this again to impress someone. Yummy!
Did a variation of this tonight, except I used boneless, skinless chicken that had been soaked in brine for a couple of hours beforehand. I also had the rice start out dry in the bottom of a glass casserole dish and covered it and the chicken with the liquid tomato mixture, so it did need two pans (mostly out of necessity, I don’t own an oven-suitable frying pan).
It earned the German mum-in-law seal of approval, which comes down to her saying “terrible, must be destroyed,” and making short work of it, plus going back for seconds, so I think I’ll be making this again very soon!
That is awesome to hear! I am so glad that it was approved and that you made it your own! Thanks so much for sharing!
Can I use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of skin on and bone in?
Hi Marta! Yes you can! I’d bury them amongst the rice and liquid in the pan so they don’t dry out too much while baking.
I made this last night and my family loved it. Very easy to make. Great flavors.
That’s wonderful Terri! I’m so glad you liked it. Thank you so much for your feedback. Have a great weekend! 🙂
We used long grain brown rice – needed a little extra chicken broth and time in the oven but otherwise turned out great! Thanks for the recipe.
Yes brown rice needs extra liquid while cooking 🙂
I made this recipe tonight and it was delicious. I didn’t have a cast iron so I made everything on the stove top as directed but then transferred to a 9×13 Pyrex to stick in the oven. I kept all the baking directions the same and it turned out wonderful. Just had an extra dish to wash. Also the basil at the end is necessary for peak deliciousness. I added extra garlic because I also do lol.
I used a 24 oz can of peeled tomatoes (with liquid) and 2 cups of rice, came out perfect!
Hi, i had query infact. My microwave is not working. So what should i do with the oven part. How can i furthr cook on gas or stove??
Made this for dinner tonight and loved it! I was a little worried the rice wouldn’t be cooked because I used brown Basmati rice (I thought I was buying white), but it turned out perfectly, I also used diced tomatoes instead of crushed and didn’t have any fresh basil to add, but it was still delicious. Thanks for posting!
I’m so happy to hear that Celia! Thank you so much for stopping by to share your feedback!
I don’t have a cast iron skillet. Could I make this on the stovetop, then tip it into a pyrex glass casserole dish & cook it in the oven? Would I cook it for the same length of time?
How to make in a crockpot?
I made this a few days ago using fresh tomato puree and a bit of tomato paste. It was delicious and full of vibrant flavours! Will definitely make it again.
This was the first time I made this dish and it turned out excellent! The only thing is make sure there’s enough liquid for the rice so that none of it will be crunchy.
Had this tonight for dinner. Very simple recipe that made a very tasteful and satisfying dish. Will definitely have again. Only thing we did differently, was excluded the peas. Yummy!!!
Doug Resar says
excellent recipe added a big splash of white wine when I sauted the onion and red pepper also added mushrooms great recipe
This dish is really good. I’m a guy who can’t cook but I followed the recipe as close as possible. If you like tomato flavors, then you will like this dish a lot.
just made this tonight and it is so so YUMMY!
easy and quick and just perfect for the fall weather that has come suddenly in vancouver!
make sure to add the sun-dried tomatoes, they are so flavourful in this dish!
Can’t wait to try this. Making it tonight. One question…for future, have you tried this in a slow cooker? Does it turn out?
Hi Tamela! No I haven’t tried it in a slow cooker, but I will now!
Had this for tea tonight. Amazing! Will definitely be making a weekly appearance at my house. Thank you for the recipe 😀
Laura Haines says
I made this over the weekend, and I’m curious what size skillet you used. I have a 12″ cast iron skillet and it was full to the top before I added the chicken back in. I had to split it out, and put part into a 9×9 Pyrex baking dish to make it all fit without overflowing.
Otherwise, it was a delicious dish and I’d make it again, for sure!
Laura! Mine is 15-inch! Ah I’m so sorry I should have included that in the recipe. I’m glad you liked it though!
David Lee says
Making this dish tonight! Looks tasty.
karen Crossan says
This sounds yummy!