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Oven Baked Chicken and Rice

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Oven Baked Chicken and Rice

Experience the comforting embrace of a classic Oven Baked Chicken and Rice dish. This one-pan wonder is not only easy to make but also delivers a hearty and delicious meal. Let’s dive into this wholesome recipe!

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Ingredients:

For the Chicken and Marinade:

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Rice:

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For Garnish:

  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Instructions:

1. Marinate the Chicken:

  1. In a bowl, combine olive oil, minced garlic, dried thyme, dried rosemary, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Place the chicken thighs in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring it’s evenly coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, but ideally for 2-4 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

2. Preheat the Oven:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

3. Sear the Chicken:

  1. Heat an oven-safe skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the marinated chicken thighs, skin-side down. Sear for 3-4 minutes on each side until they develop a golden-brown crust. Transfer the seared chicken to a plate and set aside.

4. Sauté the Vegetables:

  1. In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until fragrant and the onions turn translucent.
  2. Stir in the diced carrots and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.

5. Add Rice and Spices:

  1. Add the rice to the skillet and stir it into the vegetables for about 1 minute to toast it slightly.
  2. Sprinkle dried thyme, salt, and pepper over the rice. Mix well to incorporate the spices.

6. Arrange Chicken:

  1. Nestle the seared chicken thighs on top of the rice mixture in the skillet.

7. Add Liquid:

  1. Pour the chicken broth gently over the chicken and rice. Ensure that the liquid reaches a level just below the tops of the chicken thighs.

8. Bake:

  1. Cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil and transfer it to the preheated oven.
  2. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the rice is cooked, and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

9. Add Peas:

  1. During the last 5 minutes of baking, remove the cover and scatter frozen peas over the rice. Return the skillet to the oven and finish baking.

10. Garnish and Serve:

  1. Once done, remove the skillet from the oven, garnish with chopped fresh parsley (if desired), and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

Tips:

  1. Chicken Thighs: Using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs adds incredible flavor to the dish. However, you can use boneless, skinless thighs or chicken breasts if you prefer.
  2. Marinating Time: Marinating the chicken enhances its flavor. The longer it marinates, the more flavorful it will be. Aim for at least 30 minutes, but if you have more time, marinate for 2-4 hours.
  3. Searing Chicken: Searing the chicken before baking not only adds a beautiful color but also intensifies the flavor. Make sure the skillet is hot before adding the chicken to achieve that perfect sear.
  4. Rice Type: Long-grain white rice works best for this recipe. It cooks evenly and absorbs the flavors well.
  5. Chicken Broth: Opt for low-sodium chicken broth to control the saltiness of the dish.
  6. Customize Vegetables: Feel free to customize the vegetable mix. You can add bell peppers, corn, or green beans for variation.
  7. Garnish: Fresh parsley adds a pop of color and freshness to the dish. It’s a small touch that can make your meal visually appealing.

Variation:

  • Cheesy Chicken and Rice: For a cheesy twist, sprinkle grated cheddar or Parmesan cheese over the chicken and rice during the last 10 minutes of baking. It will create a delicious cheesy crust.
  • Spice it Up: If you like some heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinade for a subtle kick.
  • Mushroom Magic: Sauté sliced mushrooms with the onions and garlic for a delightful earthy flavor.
  • Herb Infusion: Experiment with different herbs like oregano, basil, or tarragon to give the dish a unique flavor profile.

Enjoy experimenting with this versatile Oven Baked Chicken and Rice recipe. It’s a canvas for creativity, allowing you to tailor it to your taste preferences.

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