Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice

This Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice is full of flavor and so easy to make! It’s a perfect weeknight meal!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice - a light meal full of lemon and rosemary flavor, chicken and asparagus!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice garnished with lemon slices

I’ve been so excited to share this recipe with you. Not only is it a great, light meal, but it also comes from the cookbook of my friend Donna, from The Slow Roasted Italian. Her and her husband’s cookbook came out a few months ago and I’m excited to share it with you. It’s called “The Simple Kitchen”. If there’s one thing I’m a fan of in the kitchen (at least with my meals 😉 ), it’s simple. I’m all about simplifying dinner to spend more time with the hubs, and that’s totally what this cookbook is all about – simple, but flavorful meals.

The chapters are a nice mix too – everything from crock pot meals and one-pot wonders, to appetizers, soups and even some tasty desserts! I’m particularly excited to try the Cheesy Greek Pasta with Chicken, Homestyle Chicken and Biscuits and Slow Cooker Bourbon Brown Sugar Meatballs. Yum! Not to mention the Crazy Caramel Apple Pie Bombs – oh em gee.

Definitely a great cookbook for some yummy meals! So let’s talk a little more about this one.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice recipeLemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice -with The Simple Kitchen recipe book

The flavor of this dish is really perfect. I’ve mentioned plenty of times around here that the hubs is not a fan of lemon flavored desserts, but when it comes to savory it’s one of his faves. The lemon with the rosemary is perfection! Not to mention that the chicken, rice and asparagus make it a really nice, light meal. If you’re watching yourself for a new year diet or something, this would be perfect!

It’s also all made in one pan. Score! First cook the chicken, then add the seasonings, rice and chicken stock and let it all simmer together for a bit. Next up is the asparagus and it all cooks until the asparagus is tender. Seriously, how easy is that?! Love!

This meal has already gone into regular rotation and I know many others from the cookbook will as well. Be sure to try this one and definitely check out the cookbook. Yummy stuff!

serving in bowl

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


This Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice recipe is full of flavor and so easy to make! It’s a perfect meal for busy weeknight dinners!


  • 2 tbsp (30ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup (190g) jasmine rice
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cups (480ml) chicken stock
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut to 1 inch pieces


1. In a 10 inch skillet over mediumheat, warm the olive oil. Once you can feel the heat when you hold your hand 6 inches above the skillet, add the chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. Cook until the chicken is browned of the outside, stirring occasionally, 7-10 minutes. It’ll get cooked more, so it’s ok if it’s not cooked through yet.
3. Add the rice, rosemary, garlic and onion powder, chicken stock and lemon juice. Stir to combine, cover and bring everything to a boil.
4. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 8 minutes, and then stir and add the asparagus.
5. Cook until the asparagus is crisp-tender, 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon zest.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 169
  • Sugar: 3.2 g
  • Sodium: 517.7 mg
  • Fat: 7.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.1 g
  • Protein: 9.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 18.6 mg

Keywords: chicken dinner recipe, rosemary chicken, easy chicken meal, quick chicken dinner recipe

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  1. Pam Moritz

    Made this a few weeks ago, when asparagus went on sale. I am planning on making it again tonight. I knew that it would be good, but had no idea it was be so delicious. It is nice enough to make for company too!

  2. Lin

    I ALWAYS love it when you include recipes for things other than desserts. Don’t get me wrong, but as a diabetic (and someone who really prefers to cook rather than bake), I have stayed a follower just because I am in awe of your creativity and talent. I copy most all of your recipes (I prefer to keep a notebook of them to add to my cookbook collection), but know I will never make most of them. When you include these other recipes, I trust they are excellent because of YOUR reputation. I also must say, while I have connected to most of the other sites you provide links to, I find them ALL to be confusing, “messy”, and not user friendly. YOU have me spoiled! Don’t worry, I will continue to indulge in your creations with my eyes and imagination!! How fortunate for your other followers that they can indulge with their taste buds. I hope you never have to face the tragedy of not splurging with sugar.

    1. Lindsay

      Such compliments, Lin! Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy the site and the new savory recipes. I do intend to keep sharing them and am glad to know you can indulge in those. 🙂

  3. Vickie

    I just made this delicious dish. I really like the lemony flavor. It was so easy and it’s just a one pan meal. I will definitely be making this again.

  4. Lisa Darling

    This recipe looks wonderful and I plan on trying it out. Would I be able to use brown rice in the recipe in place of jasmine rice? Would the cooking time change? Would you kindly email me and let me know?

      1. Stephanie Hallowell

        This changed the amount of time and liquid needed dramatically. By about double.
        Still tasty but a big workaround.

  5. Lynn

    What a simple and refreshing week night meal. Hubby will love this. We try to eat healthy..but I got’ta say your desserts keep us in the not so healthy category, LOL!! (snickering..who can resist?) HEY, a girl has to have her sweets, right! So this will be nice to fix and feel healthy until we eat dessert 😉 ! Now..what about those Crazy Caramel Apple pie bombs…oh my word! (slurp…) seriously!!

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