Lemon Chicken and Rice

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
On our busy ranch, we often need meals we can put on the table in a hurry. This all-in-one chicken dish - with its delicate lemon flavor - fits the bill and it's inexpensive to boot. —Kat Thompson, Prineville, Oregon
Lemon Chicken and Rice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice


  1. In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat; saute chicken, onion, carrot and garlic until chicken is no longer pink, 5-7 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch, broth, lemon juice and salt until smooth. Gradually add to skillet; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in peas; return to a boil. Stir in rice. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 5 minutes.
Health Tip: Skip the salt and save 300 milligrams of sodium per serving. Use reduced-sodium broth and save about 150 milligrams more.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 370 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 746mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat.