Spanish Chicken and Rice is gluten-free and dairy free, and gives traditional chicken and rice a little zing with fresh oregano and bright paprika. Savory flavors abound and whole food ingredients make this healthful take on a classic dish almost guilt free.
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Now, about this delightful recipe I have for you today.
This Spanish Chicken and Rice is another dish that I love to make ahead for my husband to take to work with him. It’s wonderful either hot or cold, and the flavors are so bold and bright so they hold up really well in the fridge for a few days.
I use chicken thighs because of the extra flavor and because that’s what my husband prefers, but you could easily sub in white meat breasts if that’s your thing.
Honestly, I use to be scared to cook with bone out skinless chicken thighs. They have a lot of extra fat and look scary, so I use to trim the hell out of them! They were a mess by the time I was ready to cook, and really I was just butchering those little chicken thighs, so I stopped using them for a long time.
But then one day I felt bold, and I decided to trim off the obvious excess of fat and the little skin left on, and just cook them how they were, without being afraid of the result. And you know what? They were delicious! The fat renders off, the thighs plump up, and what you get is juicy, flavorful chicken that you just will never ever get with a boneless skinless chicken breast. That’s a fact.
So, give thighs a shot! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Chicken and Rice can be pretty boring, but this Spanish Chicken and Rice has so much flavor from the onions, oregano and paprika.
You get the crispy bits from letting the chicken and rice brown on the bottom of your dutch oven, you get a little soft sweetness from the caramelized onion and red pepper, and you get a savory warmth from all of the spices, textures and flavors melding together.
It’s a homestyle comfort food that will surprise you with its depth of flavor and sophistication.
Serve it with an herbaceous salad and a bold red wine, and you have a dinner worthy of guests or perfect for a calm, quiet night in.
What’s your favorite homestyle comfort food? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll put my own flavorful, whole food twist on it!
Recipes like this really NEED a heavy bottomed dutch oven pot if you want to develop that deep flavor in the bits on the bottom, because they hold heat so much better than a normal soup or pasta pot. If you don’t already have one, here are some dutch ovens that I think are really great. I personally use a La Creuset dutch oven that my mom gave me for my wedding, but if that’s not in your budget, I provided some more affordable options here, too.
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