One-Pot Tandoori Chicken and Rice

One-Pot Tandoori Chicken and Rice with red bell peppers, green beans, green onions and lime slices

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Enjoy the taste of this tandoori chicken recipe without all the dishes! This one pot tandoori chicken and rice can easily be prepped in advance and makes a large serving that the whole family can enjoy.



For the chicken marinade:

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice, 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

For the dish:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded + sliced
  • 8 oz green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 1-inch long pieces
  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 1 15 oz can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Optional toppings: cilantro, lime wedges, green onions, peanuts etc…


  1. In a large bowl add the Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, ginger, and spices.
  2. Mix chicken thighs and yellow onion directly into yogurt mixture. Cover bowl and allow to marinate in fridge for 4 hours or 30 minutes minimum.
  3. Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp of coconut oil.
  4. Add chicken and marinade to pot and brown on both sides (roughly 3 minutes per side). No need to cook all the way through. Remove chicken from pot and set aside. You can leave any additional marinade and onions in the pot.
  5. Add bell pepper and green beans to pot and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir in rice and cook for 1 more minute to lightly brown.
  6. Add in coconut milk and water and a little bit of additional salt. Bring mixture to a simmer.
  7. Once simmering reduce heat to low and add the browned chicken on top and nestle them into the rice.
  8. Cover the pot or skillet immediately and cook for 20-25 minutes or until rice has absorbed all liquid and chicken is cooked through. Give it a good stir to ensure liquid has been absorbed.
  9. Top with fresh lime juice, chopped green onions or other suggested toppings.