Juicy, flavorful chicken coated in parmesan cheese, flavorful spices and of course, lots of garlic! Simple Garlic Butter Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Rice.
I was talking on the phone with my mom while making this Simple Garlic Butter Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Rice and when I took the first sampling I was blown away. I kept saying in her ear, “my goodness this is so yummy! It’s so much better than any other brown rice, Mom! It’s so much more vibrant and flavorful! And ohhhhh the chicken is perfect!”
The poor thing just kept saying, oh I wish I could just come to dinner at your house! And it’s not because I’m some fantastic cook, it’s because she lives in another state and after cooking for 5 kids for so many years she’s ready to not cook dinner every night. Maybe you feel that way too after just 5 years of cooking for kids!
It’s one thing to try to eat healthy for yourself, but throw in cooking healthy for a family, or healthy dinner ideas for kids and that’s a whole new ball game. The meal has to be something simple enough that kids won’t freak out, but still packing in the flavor and calories you need to maintain a healthy diet.
Our Simple Garlic Butter Parmesan Chicken was my search for just that. A healthy dinner recipe that kids will eat, but adults won’t feel like is just boring, bland chicken either.
Simple Garlic Butter Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Rice
We are going to start and end our simple garlic butter parmesan chicken with lemon rice recipe by cooking the chicken. I know, the rice takes longer and you’d totally start with that or put it in a separate pan, but we are making a one pot meal. You’re welcome for less dishes.
Actually, there’s a purpose in using one skillet for this dinner recipe. When you cook this chicken in the pan something called a fond is created, and that’s pretty much gold in the cooking world.
What is fond? Friends, fond is your new best friend. It’s the little caramelized bits of butter, garlic, seasoning etc that stick to the bottom of the pan. Think about it, you’ve seen it before, those little browned bits stuck on the bottom of the pan.
This sounds really simple, but you keep that pan and make rice, a sauce or even veggies to that pan to finish off a dish and those little caramelized bits add essential flavor to the recipe. You go from a well seasoned recipe to a packed with flavor recipe and I always want all the goodness.
So see, you want to use one pan so that the bits from the chicken end up helping to flavor the rice as well. Don’t worry, it won’t make the dish taste all the same, it will just add a depth to the rice and brown rice is so hearty it needs that.
Garlic Butter Parmesan Chicken
Alright, this chicken is going to throw you for just a moment. Yes, you coat it in cheese, no bread crumbs, just cheese, but it doesn’t burn off, so don’t worry.
In a dish, mix together parmesan cheese, lots of freshly minced garlic- actually we use our favorite garlic press. If you have yet to invest in a Kuhn Rikon, now is the time. Yes, it’s a little more spendy than one from Ikea, but it works 100 times better and I’ll never buy another.
In fact, I also only use a Kuhn Rikon Potato Peeler which is only a few bucks for three. They are just the best, hands down.
Anyway, in a dish mix together fresh grated parmesan cheese, never the powder, garlic, and the seasonings. It’s going to turn a nice red, which is good as it will add more color to your chicken. You eat with your eyes as much as your nose and mouth, so the better your food looks the more you’ll enjoy it. That’s pretty dang important with healthy eating because you secretly want the pizza.
Check out our post on how to cook chicken in a pan if you haven’t done that in the past. It’s a super quick and easy method to use so that you’ll never have to cut through the middle of your chicken again.
Lemon Brown Rice
After cooking your chicken, set it aside on a plate and tent with foil. We don’t want to continue cooking the chicken, so don’t wrap the foil or that heat will be trapped and you’ll end up cooking the chicken a little further. Instead, we are tenting to allow juices to redistribute and to keep the chicken warm.
Now it’s time to make that lemon brown rice.
You want to warm some garlic and butter and then toss in the rice. Cade learned this trick from a family while living in Brazil. They taught him to toast the rice before cooking it and it’s the only way we do it now.
Add the rice, broth and lemon juice along with salt and bring to a boil. Put a lid on the dish and turn the heat to medium low to keep a simmer. Allow the rice to cook for 45 minutes and then add the chicken back in and place the lid back on to re-warm the chicken.
Serve with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese!
- Can white rice be used?
You can switch the brown rice to white rice if that’s all that you have or all that your family eats. The cooking time on brown rice is different than white rice.
- How long to cook brown rice
Because brown rice is a heartier grain than white rice it requires a longer cook time. Bring a pot of water to a boil with the brown rice. Turn down to a simmer and place the lid on top. Simmer for 45 minutes. It’s even better if you leave the lid on for an additional 15 minutes after removing it from the heat.
- Is Brown Rice Good for You?
Brown rice is heartier and has more fiber than white rice. It will keep you feeling fuller longer and yet is lower in calories, meaning it’s a low-energy-density food. While many people are cutting grains out entirely from their diet, it’s a better option to limit and be mindful of what grains and when you eat them.
How Many Weight Watchers Points
“11 freestyle points, for anyone on Weight Watchers, at 6 generous servings per recipe (instead of the suggested 4), and worth every point!” We got this amazing comment from reader, Laura who not only gave the best compliments but she also gave you weight watchers point information!
For the Rice:
Serving Size: 6 ounces
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 346 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 72mg Sodium: 1396mg Carbohydrates: 31g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Protein: 18g
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