Creamy Chicken and Rice

Creamy chicken and rice made in just one skillet with minimal prep! This is the best way to get my kiddos to eat their spinach – it blends right in with the rice and they devour it all! This is a comfort food classic made extra easy. 

One skillet chicken and rice! Made with carrots, spinach, and chicken breasts! #easy #recipe

I’m going to let you in on a dark and dirty secret from my past. Do you think you can handle this? 

When I was a child, I used to put ketchup on white rice. And then I would eat it. 

Whew. Glad I got that off my chest. That little secret has been eating away at me. 


It was actually delicious and, while I haven’t done it in years, I still think it would probably taste good. In fact, I might try it with dinner tonight. 😉 

These days I’m more like to serve up rice in casseroles or skillet meals, rather than as a side dish. I’m not sure why – I just don’t often think about rice as a side.

This easy chicken and rice is beyond simple to make and it’s the perfect one dish dinner. I veg it up with some carrots and spinach, toss in chunks of chicken, and add a bit of cream to make it extra decadent, flavorful, and rich. This meal is delicious comfort food and it’s so easy to make!

creamy chicken and rice on white plate

How to make one pot chicken and rice: 

To start, you’ll want to hear a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. I like to use my cast iron (affiliate link) for this. 

browning chicken in skillet

Add in a bit of olive oil to the pan until it starts to shimmer and then toss in some chunks of seasoned chicken breasts. 

Once the chicken is browned, you’ll add in your carrots, rice, and garlic along with some chicken broth.

how to make one skillet chicken and rice

You’re going to let this cook for about 20 minutes. The liquid will have been absorbed into the rice so the rice is soft, fluffy, and just about ready to eat. 

Stir in some spinach and then cover the dish to let the spinach wilt a bit.

spinach with chicken and rice in skillet

Remove the lid, stir in the cream, and that’s it, friends! Dinner is served!

This easy chicken and rice recipe is beyond simple, so filling, and always a hit. 

I always have heavy cream on hand for my coffee and for baking. I also use it in a lot of low carb recipes. However, I know many people don’t keep it on hand. Here is a handy list of substitutes for heavy cream.

One skillet chicken and rice! Made with carrots, spinach, and chicken breasts! #easy #recipe

More rice recipes to try: 

Spam Fried Rice: I don’t normally eat Spam, but it’s amazing in fried rice!

Chicken and Rice with Broccoli: Just like this one, but with broccoli instead of spinach.

Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice: An excellent low carb option!

Chicken and Rice Casserole: Toss it all in a dish and bake it!

Bacon Fried Rice: My all time favorite!!

One skillet chicken and rice! Made with carrots, spinach, and chicken breasts! #easy #recipe

One skillet chicken and rice! Made with carrots, spinach, and chicken breasts! #easy #recipe
4.8 from 5 votes

Creamy Chicken and Rice

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Servings: 4
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, one dish
Calories: 458 kcal

This creamy chicken and rice is made in just one skillet and is the perfect comfort food dish!


  • 1 pound chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • ¼ cup heavy cream


  1. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Add the olive oil to a large, deep skillet over medium heat and heat until shimmering.

  3. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until chicken is browned on the outside, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add the rice, carrots, garlic, and chicken broth to the pan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium heat. 

  5. Reduce heat to medium low and cover pan. Cook for 20 minutes or until liquid has evaporated and rice is tender. Stir halfway through cooking.

  6. Remove the pan from the heat and add the spinach . Stir to combine. Cover the pan and let sit for 5 minutes to wilt the spinach. 

  7. Stir in the cream and taste for seasoning. Add additional salt, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken and Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 970mg42%
Potassium 845mg24%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 7005IU140%
Vitamin C 8.5mg10%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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