Creamy Lemon Chicken and Rice Recipe

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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.

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Creamy Lemon Chicken and Rice

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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup heavy 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.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Hope you are feeling better! What a sweet guy Josh is…he did a great job, this looks and sounds really yummy!

  2. I agree with the other comments, chiropractor might help you with neck pain. But you want the gentle-type of chiropractors who is going to take the time to work with you/your neck. Not the type that just realigns your spine in 10 mns!
    For Amy: I would use plain yogurt instead of cream for lightness… but it’s sure looks really good.

  3. I suffer from neck issues too – I am sorry you are hurting. Sending good thoughts your way.

    The chicken and rice dish looks delicous and flavorful. I love lemon with chicken.

  4. I can’t believe he broke his neck. That seems like the most painful thing ever. I sure hope you feel better soon. Take it easy on the body pump.

    This chicken and rice dish looks delicious. So does the granola!

  5. You are more than welcome for the recipe! I have been out of town so I just got a chance to see this 🙂 I am so glad you all enjoyed it.

  6. This sounds so good! It says we need “cream” but what kind? I’m just starting to cook & even though everything I make actually comes out good, some times I’m a little naive haha. Also, what is “saute?”

    1. You need heavy cream. Saute means to cook over high heat with a little bit of fat. Don’t be scared by the word:) Good luck! I am sure you will do great!

  7. Sounds fantastic and just what I need for tomorrow’s dinner. I’m thinking I may grill the chicken though so I don’t have to heat the oven. Thanks for the great idea!

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