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Creamy Lemon Chicken and Rice Recipe

Creamy Lemon Chicken and Rice Recipe

It’s been a rough week. I hurt my neck and have been in extreme pain. I think it was a combination of sleeping on my neck wrong and too much Body Pump. I have been resting, using ice/heat, pain meds, etc. but it still hurts. Luckily, Josh has been pampering me. He broke his neck a few years ago, so he understands neck pain. It is not fun.I hope to rest all weekend long and be 100% again.

This week we had one of our good friends over for dinner to celebrate his birthday. Josh suggested some kind of chicken dish, but really didn’t have any ideas. So I did some searching and decided to go with Food Finery’s Creamy Lemon Chicken and Rice.

Josh volunteered to be in charge of the dinner so I could rest. He did the grocery shopping, cleaned the house, and made the dinner. What a guy:) He baked the chicken in the oven with olive oil and lemon. He made the sauce and rice while the chicken was baking.

Josh poured the sauce over a bed or rice and added a piece of chicken. He also roasted asparagus to go with. He created a pretty plate-even with ugly chicken..ha! The guys loved the meal-especially the sauce. If you are looking for a good “go to” chicken meal, give this one a try. Thanks Tiffany for a fabulous recipe.

Oh, and of course we had birthday cake for our friend-I will post an outstanding grapefruit cake recipe on Monday. It’s a winner! Happy weekend everyone.

Creamy Lemon Chicken and Rice

Yield: Serves 4


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 lemons
1 cup cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Cooked Rice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Clean chicken, arrange in a 9 by 13 baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and the juice of half of one lemon. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.

While the chicken is baking, cook the rice of your choice.

Heat a medium skillet and melt butter until it starts to brown. Add the garlic and saute for one minute. Add the juice of half of a lemon and simmer for one minute. Add half of the cream and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Simmer the sauce for a couple of minutes and then add the remaining lemon juice. Stir and add the remaining cream. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes.

Divide rice among four plates, place chicken on top of rice and pour sauce over each serving.

Recipe from Food Finery

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59 Responses to “Creamy Lemon Chicken and Rice Recipe”

  1. Rosa — February 26, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    That is a wonderful flavor combination!



  2. carolyn — February 26, 2010 @ 4:41 am

    Get well soon, Maria! Always nice to have the hubby prepare dinner. Sounds/looks like he did a fab job!

  3. Heather @ Side of Sneakers — February 26, 2010 @ 6:19 am

    Oh no I hope you feel better! Neck pain is the worst!

  4. Meghan — February 26, 2010 @ 7:00 am

    Hope you’re neck starts to feel better! This lemon chicken looks so delicious; I love chicken and rice dinners. Have a great weekend!

  5. kat — February 26, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    It so nice when you have someone to pick up the slack when you aren’t feeling well!

  6. Michelle — February 26, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    Grapefruit cake…I can’t wait for that one!
    So sorry to hear about your neck. I hope it gets better soon. Your husband is so sweet to cook for you and take care of you.

  7. beth — February 26, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    I will bookmark this one – I’m always looking for new chicken recipes. p.s glad the grapefruit cake worked!

  8. Debbie — February 26, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    Love lemon and chicken together and hope you feel better soon!

  9. Erica — February 26, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    What a man! Great job on the dinner Josh! A classic dish for sure. I hope you start feeling better! Neck pain is no fun!

  10. SLCFoodie — February 26, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    I’ve been wanting to try this recipe of Tiff’s. Thanks for the reminder! Hope you are feeling better.

  11. Bob — February 26, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    Sounds great, lemon chicken is one of my girlfriends favorite things. Sorry to hear about your neck, hope you feel better soon.

  12. Traci — February 26, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    Hope you are feeling good soon! Let me know if there is anything we can do for you!


  13. dawn — February 26, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    ouch! yes neck pain hurts. when that happened to me I would soak in a hot tub of water for an hour. it helps. feel better!

  14. Cookin' Canuck — February 26, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    Your friend must have really appreciated his birthday dinner! I hope your neck heals soon.

  15. Hope — February 26, 2010 @ 9:43 am

    i love your blog. thanks so much for sharing!

  16. lo — February 26, 2010 @ 9:48 am

    I was so sorry to read about your neck on Twitter. But, I’m glad that you have such a good guy to take care of you! And he cooks too! Now, that’s love.

    Give yourself some good heat on that neck, relax, and we’ll be sending you good healing vibes!

  17. marla {family fresh cooking} — February 26, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    I am so sorry that you are in so much pain. Sounds like Josh is being a great help around the pod :)
    This chicken looks decadent and delish! The cream & the butter are quite the satisfying combo.

  18. sugarlens — February 26, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Ouch, sorry to hear about your neck. Hope you recover soon. Any type of pain is no fun, really.

    Chicken looks great, your hubs did a great job!

  19. twopeas — February 26, 2010 @ 11:01 am

    Thanks everyone! My neck is finally feeling a little better. I am still taking it easy though.

  20. Liesl — February 26, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Sorry about your neck…that is never fun. The chicken dish looks fantastic! I am always looking for new ways to prepare chicken! I will have to try this out soon!

  21. Elle — February 26, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    Aww, what a great guy! I hope your neck is feeling better, Maria. Josh made a great looking dinner–I’m sure it’s delicious!

  22. Memoria — February 26, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    Oh, I hope you feel completely better soon!! Take care.

  23. Deborah — February 26, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    I don’t see chicken on here very often, but it sure looks good! I hope you are feeling better!

  24. grace — February 26, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    when it comes to aches and pains and pulled muscles and the like, there’s nothing worse than fouling up the neck. hope you feel better soon! beautiful dish, by the way–chicken is my friend. :)

  25. Angela@SpinachTiger — February 26, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    My husband was hit by a car as a pedestrian and had very bad neck problems. He saw the only kind of chiropractor that helped him. A kinesiologist. It might be worth looking for one in your area.

    I like chicken and rice, but I can’t wait for the grapefruit cake. I’ve been wanting to make that ever since I had at brown derby. I have their recipe, but haven’t gotten to it yet.

    Be well.

  26. Bridgett — February 26, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    Glad to hear you feel a bit better. Neck pain is miserable! The chicken looks great on the bed of rice…total comfort food.

  27. Jessica — February 26, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    Josh BROKE his neck?!? Ohmigosh that scares the crap out of me. I hope you are feeling better soon girl!

    Love lemon chicken!

  28. Amy(Super Healthy Kids) — February 26, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

    Do you think I could use milk instead of cream? I never have cream on hand.. always have milk, though. Hope you get better, and get back to body pump. My favorite class.

  29. bellini valli — February 26, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

    Hope you are doing much better soon…and I agree what a guy:D

  30. Natashya — February 26, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    So sorry you are in pain. My husband recently got one of those Dr. Ho neck things that you pump up and he swears by it. (Don’t know if they are in the States too..)
    Delicious looking chicken! Very comforting.

  31. Joanne — February 26, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    Whoa Josh is one awesome husband! I really hope you feel better sweetie…having aches and pains is the worst. Good job resting and not straining yourself. This dish looks delicious. but I have to admit…I’m holding out for that grapefruit cake.

  32. Sonja @ ActiveFoodie — February 26, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

    Sorry about your neck! Very nice of Josh to whip up dinner, looks like he did a very good job! Way to go husband, gold star! :)

  33. twopeas — February 26, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

    Angela-Sorry to hear about your hubs. Hope he is ok now.

    Josh broke his neck before we met. It was a freak accident, he was walking out of a mall in CA and the door header fell and hit him in the neck…long story, but luckily he is ok!

    Amy-I am sure you can use milk, it may not be as creamy, but maybe you could thicken it with a little cornstarch…or just enjoy a thin, healthier sauce:)

    And yes I am very lucky to have a wonderful husband! He is the best:)

  34. Kara — February 26, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

    Hope your neck gets feeling better soon. I’ve hurt mine before and it really is miserable. :(
    This chicken looks delicious, I’ll have to get some lemons and try it.

  35. ingrid — February 26, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    Oh, Maria, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve hurt your neck! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

    I hadn’t had chicken with lemon until a week ago when one of the twins and I made chicken piccata. Good stuff. We’ll have to try your recipe next.

  36. MAC — February 27, 2010 @ 12:04 am

    Maria, sure do hope you feel better soon!
    Kudos to Josh! He’s a keeper for sure 😉
    Adore Chicken and Rice recipes, so this one will be on next weeks dinner menu. Your Chicken and Rice Soup inspired me to make my soup recipe, which I hadn’t made this winter. Perfect for rainy weather. YUM! Warm.
    Grapefruit cake? Really? Sounds interesting. Looking forward to it.
    Have a restful weekend!

  37. Missy — February 27, 2010 @ 12:44 am

    I’m impressed you guys are still inviting people over with such goings on. Thanks for carrying on for the sake of the rest of us!

  38. lynn — February 27, 2010 @ 1:45 am

    One word: chiropractor. Necks don’t hurt like that for no reason!

  39. Cathy — February 27, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    I really need a go-to chicken recipe for special occasions. This looks wonderful!

  40. Kerstin — February 27, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    I hope you feel better soon – injuries are so frustrating! And what a great easy chicken dish – so perfect when you need a quick meal – yum!

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