Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake


Servings: 3-4
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 -10 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 garlic clove (chopped, minced or crushed)
  • 1⁄2-3⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) or 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 3⁄4-1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups basmati rice, rinsed and drained or 2 cups regular medium grain rice or 2 cups long-grain rice
  • Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  • Bring water to boiling and add chicken bouillon cubes, lower heat and simmer till dissolved--keep it hot.
  • Sprinkle chicken with half the spices (except the garlic).
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on med-high to high heat and fry the chicken till both sides are brown, lower heat to medium and remove the chicken to a plate.
  • In that same skillet sauté the onions for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and remaining spices and sauté another 2 minutes, then turn off the burner.
  • Add the rice and stir for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, till well coated.
  • Spread rice in the baking dish and place the chicken thighs over the rice.
  • Gently pour in the chicken stock and cover tightly with foil.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.