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.

Creamy Lemon Chicken and Rice

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. While the chicken is baking, cook the rice of your choice.
  3. 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.
  4. Divide rice among four plates, place chicken on top of rice and pour sauce over each serving.

Maria Lichty

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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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:)

  10. 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.

  11. 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.
    ~ingrid

  12. 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!
    Mac

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

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  18. 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!

  19. 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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