one pot chicken & rice with peas

This is our quick and foolproof version of Spanish rice.

By: Anna Decker / 01/20/2016

The beauty of this recipe is how everything cooks in one pot at the same time, allowing the flavors to meld and develop. Rice grains are first toasted in a hot pan with paprika and onions before simmering with the chicken. Strips of lemon give the dish a bright fragrance. Cook, relax and enjoy!

What you'll need: 1 medium onion 2 cloves garlic 2 oz celery 1 lemon 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 teaspoons paprika 1½ cups basmati rice fresh thyme sprigs 1 cup frozen peas coarse salt freshly ground black pepper olive oil

Equipment: Dutch oven or pot with a tight-fitting lid

Recipe steps: 1. Prep vegetables Peel, halve, and finely chop onion. Peel and finely chop garlic and chop celery. Using a vegetable peeler, remove 2 strips zest from lemon. Season chicken with 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

  1. Cook chicken Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high. Add chicken and brown on both sides, 6–8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

    1. Cook vegetables Add 1 tablespoon oil to pot and add onion, celery, garlic, remaining teaspoon paprika and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

    2. Cook rice Stir in rice and cook, stirring often, until rice just starts to stick, about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 ½ cups water, thyme sprigs, lemon strips, and ½ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 7 minutes.

    3. Finish chicken Uncover pot, stir in peas and nestle chicken into rice. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through and peas are tender, 8–10 minutes more. Transfer chicken to a board to rest, 5 minutes.

    4. Serve Cut lemon into wedges. Slice chicken and serve over rice with a drizzle of oil and lemon wedges. Enjoy!

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