one pot lemon chicken & rice.

this simple, body for life friendly recipe is great for tight schedules and also is delicious left over after the flavors have a chance to meld together a bit.



  • 1 lb organic boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into 1” cubes
  • 1 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, grated
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 cup baby carrots, sliced very thin
  • 15 oz low sodium all natural chicken broth
  • 1 TB cornstarch
  • juice of two lemons
  • zest of the same two lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups brown minute rice (uncooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli, chopped rough
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped rough
  • 1/2 cup all natural cream of mushroom soup
  • fresh ground salt and pepper to taste


in a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. add garlic, onion and carrots, sauté for a few minutes.


season your chicken with salt and pepper.


turn heat to medium and add chicken. stir often, rotating chicken so it browns on all sides.


meanwhile, combine chicken broth, corn starch, lemon juice, lemon zest and brown rice in a small bowl. also, salt this mixture.  i did about 10 rotations of the salt grinder.


once the chicken is cooked through, add your liquid mixture to the pan and turn heat back up to medium-high.IMG_6399IMG_6401

you want to bring the mixture to a boil.


once it is boiling, add your parsley, broccoli and cream of mushroom soup.


mix well and reduce heat to low.


cover and let simmer 10-15 minutes, until the liquid has been absorbed, the rice is tender and the dish is nice and creamy.


this recipe makes four servings. i doused mine in hot sauce (cholula!) after the photo op.




nutrition info per serving, based on four servings:



xo. janetha g.

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jackie January 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

i am totally making that this week. i am 3 weeks into bfl and loving it! i have the cookbook but am always looking for great recipes


Gayle January 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I made this for the first time tonight. Yummy, easy, quick, ingredients I have on hand, and big servings…..a great combo! I’ll be making this again without a doubt! Thanks, Janetha!


janetha January 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

Glad you liked it!!!


Lauren February 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I made this the other night and really enjoyed it!
Definitely a new favorite in this household!
Thanks Janetha!


Alex May 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Sorry to ask a stupid question but what is minute rice? I’m not sure whether we have it in the UK!

Love your blog by the way, its a great inspiration x


Janetha May 31, 2011 at 9:35 am

Minute rice is another term for instant (quick cooking) rice. You can sub in another type of rice, you will probably just have to cook it beforehand!


Krysten July 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Love this dish! I’m looking to make it for a new mom and freeze it.. how do you think this would work?


Janetha July 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I think it would freeze fabulously!


Ashley Figueroa April 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

Is there a way to get the directions to your recipes in steps without the pictures? I love seeing the step by steps, but it is hard to just copy’/paste.


Janetha April 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Sorry, not right now.. but I am working on it! I am creating a Recipage which will have printable options.


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