Comfort & Joy: Chicken & Rice

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I know this is not going to win any awards for haute cuisine, but in my house it gets 5 stars.

Sarah reminded me of simple weeknight dinners that you can make in one pan (or in my case, one Dutch oven).

This is like an American version of arroz con pollo.
It's nothing more than chicken thighs with rice with some roasted carrots thrown in.

It's cheap and it's good.

Enough said.

Chicken & Rice w/ Roasted Carrots (adapted from In Praise of Leftovers):

6 chicken thighs, skin on (you can remove the skin later)
kosher salt and pepper
olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cups of basmati rice
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 cup white wine
3 cups chicken stock

Season chicken thighs with kosher salt and pepper and brown in a heavy Dutch oven with some olive oil. About 8 minutes total.

Remove chicken from the pot and set aside.
Add sliced onions and cook until softening, about 3 minutes.

Next, throw in the garlic, thyme, bay leaf and rice and stir to combine the rice with the herbs.

Pour in stock and wine and bring liquid to a boil.

Put the chicken pieces back into the pot and nestle in the rice.
Turn down the heat to low and cover. Simmer 35 minutes. Liquid should be absorbed by the rice and it no needs no stirring or attending to.

I roasted carrots with kosher salt and olive oil at 400F for about 25 minutes, and added them to the pot at the end.

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Garnish with fresh thyme.
So good!


The JR said…
Your chicken and rice is much prettier than the pot of chick and rice that I have in the fridge right now!
noble pig said…
It's always a hit in our house too, just very homey and hearty!
kat said…
This type of chicken & rice in a pot cooking is always so good & you can do so much with it by changing seasonings a little. Yours sounds so great.
I thought you said you're going to rest, get well and take a tiny break? That means no posting!
Claudia said…
Oh - chicken and rice is always a hit. Haute cuisine - not always. Yes to the recipe.
Pam said…
What a fantastic one pot meal - looks wonderful Stacey.
Ciao Chow Linda said…
Arroz con pollo is a good, easy to prepare dinner - American style or not. And I love how you always add a little touch of herb here or there.
Bob said…
I would take this over haute cuisine any day, it looks awesome!
lisa is cooking said…
Sounds like perfect comfort food! And, the roasted carrots are a great addition.
Patty said…
Oh I love chicken and rice! Great recipe, thanks for posting!
tasteofbeirut said…
Any Basmati with chicken dish is good in my book!
Tina said…
That was delicious. Thanks for posting!
Beth said… family loves these kind of all in one dishes. I've printed it off and will grocery shop for it this weekend!
This looks fabulous! I am so glad I discovered your blog!!
Jen_from_NJ said…
What a great idea. I'm sure that it will be a 5 star rated recipe in my house also!
momgateway said…
What a fitting title for this post!