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BAKED CHICKEN AND RICE

BAKED CHICKEN AND RICE

  • 5  bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped chopped red onion or yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (2 medium)
  • ¾ cup chopped celery (2 small ribs)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon minced fresh garlic (4 cloves)
  • 2 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1⅓ cups long grain white rice
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoon chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 200 ºC.
Heat olive oil a large oven safe pot over medium-high heat.
Dab thighs dry with paper towels, season both sides with salt and pepper.
Place in pot skin side down, leaving space around each thigh. Let cook until golden brown on bottom, about 3 – 4 minutes. Turn and continue and cook 2 – 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate.
Drain of all but 1 tablespoon rendered fat in pot* then return pot to medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery, sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute longer.
Pour in chicken broth and lemon juice and bring mixture to a boil.
Meanwhile in a small bowl stir together Italian seasoning and paprika. Season both sides of chicken with seasoning.
Add rice into pot once broth reaches a boil, give it a quick stir. Remove from heat, place thighs on top of rice mixture. Cover pot with snug fitting oven safe lid.
Bake in oven until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through, about 35 minutes.
Remove thighs from rice, add parsley to rice and fluff with a fork. Serve warm.

Notes:
The easiest way to drain off the fat is to just dab some up with a ball of paper towels held by tongs.

Recipe tried and tested by Marika Tegmann
Photo: Marika Tegmann

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