One pot dinner of oven baked chicken and rice that is absolutely bursting with flavor. A juicy, tender, super easy weeknight dinner that everybody will love!
Chicken and Rice
We’ll be making it entirely in the oven, instead of on the stovetop, so there will be minimal washing up and prep time. Perfect for weeknights, lazy Sundays, or whenever you’re in need of a chicken dinner fix. With tender chicken legs, perfectly seasoned and crisped up to golden brown perfection sitting atop a beautifully cooked bed of fluffy white rice, you’ll have a great dinner to serve. It’s a truly mouthwatering experience that only requires a few kitchen basics to get right.
Chicken and Rice Recipe
It’s funny, but oven baked chicken feels like a surefire hit in just about every household. Easy baked chicken recipes are great because they’re delicious, a breeze to make, and everybody seems to love them.
This oven-baked chicken and rice dinner is a complete meal in a single pot. Because we know how much people love tender, juicy chicken, this meal minimizes the risk of your chicken becoming dry in the oven. That’s a real concern for baked chicken, but we’ve got a few ways around that.
What You’ll Need
To make this awesome oven baked chicken and rice recipe, you’ll need a few key ingredients.
- Removing the skin from chicken helps prevent the rice from becoming greasy. This is because, if you leave the chicken skin on, the fat from the skin will drip onto the rice. Not ideal!
- We love to season chicken generously. It’s a great way to boost the flavor profile of your dinner, and gives you a really flavorful overall experience. You can use any seasoning you like, but we recommend a mixture of paprika, onion powder, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- You can use just about any long grain rice you prefer for this recipe, too. It’s versatile like that.
- When using stock and water, it simply must be hot in order for it to work. Whether it’s chicken stock or vegetable stock, it’s key that it’s hot enough.
How To Make Chicken and Rice
- First, you’re going to rub your seasoning generously all over your chicken legs. Whisk the oil and seasonings together in a mixing bowl before you rub them into the chicken, as this helps to evenly disperse the seasoning across the chicken prior to cooking. You can marinate them for fifteen to thirty minutes. Longer marination means more tender chicken and a better, deeper flavor.
- Next, prepare a baking dish. Add onion, garlic, olive oil, stock, hot water, rice, salt, and pepper to the baking dish. Mix these together until they’re well blended. Ensure that the stock, whether it’s chicken stock or vegetable stock, is hot. Make sure your water is hot, too! Cold stock or cold water won’t properly cook your rice in the oven.
- Now add your marinated chicken to the baking dish. Place it over the rice so the chicken juices can seep into the rice during the cooking process. Add butter.
- Cover this dish with foil, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Uncover, spray the chicken with oil to help it get nice and crispy, and return to the oven for another thirty minutes. At this point it should develop a nice crispy golden brown color, with a decent bit of crispy crust too.
- Allow the chicken and rice to rest for 10 minutes, garnish with fresh herbs, and you’re ready to serve!
What Type of Rice to Use
Any long grain white rice is perfect for this recipe. We really love using basmati or jasmine rice here. Brown rice is an acceptable substitute, but you ought to be aware that this will take longer to cook, and require more liquid, so you’ll need to adjust the recipe accordingly.
Things like risotto, arborio rice, paella rice, or quick rice will go all mushy. That’s not what you want!
What To Serve With Chicken and Rice
We highly encourage you to try a few different sides with this dish. Our favorites include:
- Plain natural or Greek yogurt is a nice, cool contrast to the heavily flavored chicken and rice we’re enjoying here.
- A simple salad like Cucumber and Tomato Salad or Creamy Cucumber Salad will be a perfect accompaniment to this delicious dish.
- Roasted veggies like Roasted Brussels Sprouts or Roasted Asparagus! Try roasting up some broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, or green beans with some salt, pepper, and olive oil.
You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Don’t keep chicken or rice for any longer than this.
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