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OVEN BAKED CHICKEN AND RICE RECIPE

This is one of my favorite chicken and rice recipe, with two main ingredients, yes you guessed it right chicken thighs and rice XD. With its buttery garlic rice and juicy seasoned chicken thighs I bet it would become one of your favorite dishes, and it only takes 10mins to make!

OVEN BAKED CHICKEN AND RICE RECIPE

 

The rice absorbs the chicken juices as it cooks, adding loads of flavor.

Chicken And Rice Recipe

Why is this recipe so good:

  • It’s a one-pan dish – the Chicken and rice are cooked together at the same time;
  • Completely hands off – Cooking rice on the stove requires more attention, just put the pan in the oven set the timer, and walk away;
  • Quick to prepare – active prep time is under 10 minutes, and it’s very delicious!

Chicken And Rice Recipe

What You Need For This Baked Chicken And Rice

Here’s what you need:

What You Need For This Baked Chicken And Rice

  • Whole chicken thighs (skin and bone), It is perfect because it takes the same time as the rice to cook – Cook for 50 mins in total. However remove the skin, otherwise, the fat drips on the rice which will make it greasy;

  • Uncooked white rice any normal white rice will do the work ( plain, short grain, long grain, basmati, Jasmin). Keep away from risotto or paella rice, they cook differently in the oven, brown rice just needs more liquid, and cook it a bit longer in the oven.
  • Chicken seasoning Use any seasoning you have, pre-mixed, or use your favorite seasoning;
  • Butter, garlic & onion flavor base – this is the flavor base for the rice.

How To Make Chicken And Rice In The Oven

The first step is to oven-sauté the garlic and onions, which means we are just gonna cook them in the oven instead of sauteing them in a pan.

How To Make Chicken And Rice In The Oven

The rice becomes garlicky and buttery, tender but not mushy. It got all the flavor from the chicken juices and you get crispy edges.

What To Serve With Chicken And Rice

What To Serve With Chicken And Rice

 You can serve it with a big leafy salad with a dressing of your choice (honey mustard dressing and balsamic dressing). Or add some steamed veggies and toss with the salad dressing while hot, they will absorb the dressing.

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OVEN BAKED CHICKEN AND RICE

OVEN BAKED CHICKEN AND RICE

Yield: 4-5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

This is one of my favorite chicken and rice recipes, with two main ingredients, yes you guessed it right chicken thighs and rice XD. With its buttery garlic rice and juicy seasoned chicken thighs I bet it would become one of your favorite dishes, and it only takes 10mins to make!

Ingredients

  • 5 bone-in chicken thigh fillets, peel skin OFF
  • 1 chopped onion,
  • 2 cloves garlic (large), minced
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups (270g) uncooked white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) chicken broth/stock, hot (I microwave)
  • 1 1/4 cups (315 ml) water, hot (tap is fine)

CHICKEN RUB (NOTE 2):

  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper

OPTIONAL GARNISH:

  • Oil spray
  • Fresh thyme leaves or finely chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Scatter your garlic and onion in a baking dish ( big enough to hold your rice and chicken thigh, then place butter in the center. Bake for 15 mins ( at 12 mins check if some bits are browning too much, mix if so)
  3. Meanwhile, season your chicken make sure to rub both faces with your seasoning.
  4. Remove the baking dish, and add rice then mix.
  5. Place chicken on rice. pour the chicken broth and water around it.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 30 mins. Remove foil, if you want you can spray chicken with oil (optional it gives a nice finish), and bake for a further 20 mins until all the liquid is absorbed.
  7. Stand for 5 minutes, then remove chicken and fluff up rice. Garnish with parsley or thyme if desired, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

1. Chicken - Bone in thighs is best because the cooking time is the same as rice and stays super juicy. Skin must be removed otherwise the rice will be too greasy.
Drumsticks will also work great with this, no need to remove the skin and no change to cook time or temp.
Boneless skinless thigh fillets or breast - Cover the rice with foil and put it in the oven without the chicken. Bake for 30 mins, then remove the pan, take the foil off, add your chicken on top, and return to the oven without the foil for a further 20- 25 mins or until the liquid is absorbed
2. Chicken Rub can be substituted with any seasonings you want! Lemon Pepper Seasoning, Italian Herb Mix - just use what you have.
3. Rice -any normal white rice will do the work ( plain, short grain, long grain, basmati, Jasmin). Keep away from risotto or paella rice, they cook differently in the oven, brown rice just needs more liquid, and cook it a bit longer in the oven.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 507Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 211mgSodium: 811mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 43g

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