This oven baked Chicken and Rice recipe has captured the hearts of people all around the world! Buttery garlic rice AND juicy seasoned baked chicken thighs, baked together in the same pan with less than 10 minutes of prep.
The rice absorbs the chicken juices as it cooks, adding loads of flavour. It’s like cooking the rice with a homemade stock!
I love those recipes that we all grew up with, they are just too good to miss out on.
Easy Oven Baked Chicken And Rice With Garlic Butter Mushrooms mixed through is winner of a chicken dinner! Chicken thighs bake on top of buttery, garlicky, soft and tender rice with crispy edges. ALL the chicken flavours bake right in! Dinner doesn’t get any easier!
5 bone in chicken thigh fillets, peel skin OFF , (Note 1)5 bone in chicken thigh fillets, peel skin OFF , (Note 1)
1 onion , chopped (brown, white or yellow)1 onion , chopped (brown, white or yellow)
2 cloves garlic (large) , minced2 cloves garlic (large) , minced
2 tbsp (30g) butter (or olive oil)2 tbsp (30g) butter (or olive oil)
1 1/2 cups (270g) uncooked white rice (Note 3)1 1/2 cups (270g) uncooked white rice (Note 3)
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) chicken broth/stock , hot (I microwave)1 1/2 cups (375 ml) chicken broth/stock , hot (I microwave)
1 1/4 cups (315 ml) water , hot (tap is fine)1 1/4 cups (315 ml) water , hot (tap is fine)
CHICKEN RUB (NOTE 2):
1 tsp paprika powder1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp dried thyme1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder1/2 tsp onion powder
3/4 tsp salt3/4 tsp salt
Black pepperBlack pepper
Oil sprayOil spray
Fresh thyme leaves or finely chopped parsleyFresh 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!