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Oven Baked Chicken and Rice

30 mins Cook
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This oven baked hen and Rice recipe has captured the hearts of people all around the global! Buttery garlic rice AND juicy seasoned baked bird thighs, baked together in the same pan with much less than 10 mins of prep.

The rice absorbs the chook juices as it cooks, adding hundreds of flavour. It’s like cooking the rice with a home made stock!

Baked Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice recipe

This chook and rice recipe has been a reader preferred for see you later, I notion it become about time I updated it with a miles stepped forward video and photographs!

Readers tell me they love it because:

  • it’s a one pan dinner – the uncooked rice and fowl are cooked collectively at the identical time;
  • absolutely fingers off – unlike cooking rice at the range which requires more interest, you just placed the pan inside the oven, set the timer and stroll away;
  • short to prepare – lively prep time is beneath 10 minutes; and
  • it’s very, very delicious!
    So right here’s what you get in this bird and rice recipe – juicy seasoned bird….

…. AND fluffy rice. GARLIC BUTTER rice, at that!

(And ps, to all of the fellow rice snobs out there – this rice is fluffy and flawlessly cooked, not soggy and comfortable such as you’d count on. The trick is to pour warm drinks over the uncooked rice – offers it a huge head start within the oven!)

What you need for this baked Chicken and Rice

here’s what you want:

  • pores and skin on, bone in chook thighs is satisfactory for this recipe because they take the equal period of time to cook dinner inside the oven as the rice – 50 minutes in total. however, we get rid of the skin due to the fact otherwise the fats drips down into the rice as it chefs which makes it overly greasy. It’s smooth – it’s effortless and takes 5 seconds flat per hen.
  • pores and skin on, bone in bird thighs is exceptional for this recipe because they take the identical period of time to cook dinner within the oven as the rice – 50 minutes in total. however, we put off the skin due to the fact in any other case the fats drips down into the rice because it cooks which makes it overly greasy. It’s easy – it’s handy and takes 5 seconds flat in keeping with fowl.

How to make chicken and rice in the oven

And here’s how to make it. the first 2 steps shown under is the “oven sautéing” of the onion and garlic cited above. this is what offers the rice the exquisite buttery garlic flavour!

The rice is outrageously suitable. It’s buttery and garlicky, it’s gentle however not gentle (I’m of jap background, all Asians are snobs with regards to rice). It’s got all the flavour from the juices of the hen and you get crispy bits on the edges that I just want to choose off and feature all to myself!

What to serve with chicken and rice

Add a huge leafy salad on the facet with a salad dressing of preference (Balsamic Dressing and Honey Mustard Dressing are on heavy rotation in my life these days). Or add a few steamed greens and toss with a salad dressing whilst hot – they’ll suck up the dressing and make in any other case rather dull steamed greens infinitely more exciting!

Oh – and in the video, you’ll see this 4 Minute Gravy as a recommended more. You don’t need a sauce for this because the rice is so well flavoured and the fowl is juicy. but if you have the time, gravy will take it over the top!

Dinner simply were given real smooth. revel in!

Oven Baked Chicken and Rice

Oven Baked Chicken and Rice

This oven baked hen and Rice recipe has captured the hearts of people all around the global! Buttery garlic rice AND juicy seasoned baked bird thighs, baked together in the same pan with much less than 10 mins of prep.
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
30 mins
total time
40 mins



  • 5 bone in chicken thigh fillets, peel skin OFF , (Note 1)

  • 1 onion , chopped (brown, white or yellow)

  • 2 cloves garlic (large) , minced

  • 2 tbsp (30g) butter (or olive oil)

  • 1 1/2 cups (270g) uncooked white rice (Note 3)

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) chicken broth/stock , hot (I microwave)

  • 1 1/4 cups (315 ml) water , hot (tap is fine)


  • 1 tsp paprika powder

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • Black pepper


  • Oil spray

  • Fresh thyme leaves or finely chopped parsley


Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
Scatter onion and garlic in a baking dish (about 10 x 15" / 25 x 35 cm), then place butter in the centre. Bake for 15 minutes (check at 12 minutes, mix if some bits are browning too much).
Meanwhile, mix together Chicken Rub. Sprinkle on both sides of the chicken.
Remove baking dish from the oven. Add rice then mix.
Place chicken on rice. Then pour chicken broth and water around the chicken.
Cover with foil, then bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, spray chicken with oil (optional, gives chicken nicer finish), then bake for a further 20 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
Stand for 5 minutes, then remove chicken and fluff up rice. Garnish with parsley or thyme if desired, serve and enjoy!


Dish is flavoured enough to serve without sauce, but if you want to take it over the top, make this quick Gravy in 4 minutes flat (pictured in video).


If scaling recipe up, use multiple pans. If scaling recipe down, use a smaller pan. Scale recipe the use of slider - click on on Servings. bird - Bone in thighs is excellent due to the fact cook dinner time is similar to rice and stays splendid juicy. pores and skin need to be eliminated otherwise the rice might be too greasy. simply pull it off together with your palms - it comes off easily. Drumsticks can even paintings top notch with this, no need to take away the skin and no exchange to cook time or temp. Boneless skinless thigh fillets or breast - placed the rice in the oven included with foil without fowl. Bake for 30 minutes in step with recipe, then cast off pan, take foil off, pinnacle with bird then return to oven (no foil) for a similarly 20 - 25 mins or till liquid within the pan is absorbed, according to recipe. bird Rub can be substituted with any seasonings you want! Lemon Pepper Seasoning, Italian Herb blend - just use what you have got. three. Rice - Any normal white rice works remarkable here. lengthy grain white rice will yield the fluffiest rice. quick and medium grain will paintings first-rate too but by using its very nature, is a chunk stickier. Basmati and jasmine are amazing too - identical prepare dinner time. Brown rice - add an extra half of cup warm water. Bake included for 1 hour then bake exposed 15 minutes until rice is tender. Rice not appropriate - Minute Rice, Risotto or Paella Rice. vitamins assumes all of the rice is ate up which it probably will no longer be.
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