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Caribbean Chicken and Rice on a green plate with a fork next to it.

Cast Iron Skillet Caribbean Chicken and Rice

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  • Author: Heather Bilyeu
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Caribbean chicken and rice is an easy one-pot dish that is great for weeknight meals! Packed full of flavor, this healthy dinner will quickly become a favorite!


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Pounds Chicken Thighs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Small Onion - chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves - minced
  • 1 Cup Uncooked Rice
  • 14 Ounce Chicken Broth
  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • 3/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 4 Green Onions - for topping
  • 1/4 Cup Peanuts - chopped for topping
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Pineapple - cubed or diced small for topping


  1. In a large deep skillet (or dutch oven), add olive oil and butter over medium heat. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Brown on each side for 5-7 minutes. Remove and set aside on a plate until needed.
  2. In the same skillet, sautee onion and garlic for 3 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the rice and brown for a couple of minutes. Add in broth, coconut oil, pineapple juice, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine.
  3. Add the chicken back into the skillet and turn to medium-low. Cover and let simmer for 30-35 minutes or until rice is cooked through and tender.
  4. Fluff the rice with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste if needed. Serve with a helping of rice and chicken. Add green onions, chopped peanuts, and fresh pineapple on top, and enjoy!


  • I use 1 whole pineapple for this recipe. I blend 3/4-1 cup of chopped pineapple well and strain to get the pineapple juice, and then use about a 1/4 of the whole pineapple diced for topping. I think fresh pineapple yields a much better flavor than canned pineapple - but canned pineapple can be used as well.
  • Keep leftovers covered in the fridge for 2 days.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 199
  • Sugar: 5.4 g
  • Sodium: 249.6 mg
  • Fat: 8.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.4 g
  • Fiber: 5.3 g
  • Protein: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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