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Lemon Chicken ‘n’ Rice

This barley and rice medley features a flavorful lemon-and-dill sauce over tender chicken. Serve it with green beans and you'll have a savory meal for two on the table in under an hour.—Gerry Smailes, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-2/3 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 to 4 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine or additional chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a small saucepan, saute rice and barley in butter for 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add 1 cup broth, water, mushrooms and onion; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-22 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, flatten chicken to 1/2-in. thickness. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil on both sides. Add 1/3 cup broth and wine or additional broth. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes on each side or until chicken juices run clear. Remove chicken and keep warm.
  • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and milk until smooth; gradually stir into pan juices. Stir in the lemon zest, dill, salt, pepper and remaining broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Let rice mixture stand for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork. Serve chicken with rice. Top with dill sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 531 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 863mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 47g protein.

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  • jmkasprak
    Jul 31, 2012

    This was pretty good. The barley and rice was an interesting combination. To improve the nutrition, I'll try brown rice but it might have to cook longer. Also, I felt like I should use some of the juice from the lemon, maybe in place of some of the wine? I'll probably try some tweaks next time.

  • tastycook1
    Aug 16, 2006

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