Have you ever craved Spanish cuisine? All the spices, all the layers of onions, and peppers, and garlic? If you’ve never tried authentic Spanish style chicken and yellow rice, you really don’t know what you’re missing.
Moreover, it’s a great way to serve a large family in a short amount of time. In this post, I bring all the flavors of home and show you how to make this one-pan dish. It’s an easy way to feed the entire crew and to bring all the comforts of Abuela (Spanish Grandma) to the table.
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Every ingredient is important.
For starters, all of the ingredients in this recipe for chicken and yellow rice work in unison to rock your taste buds. Although I love being creative, this is one recipe I ask for zero substitutions. Because of the unique blend of spices, the complexity of the flavors in this dish are unmatched. I mean, you will be CRAVING this time after time y’all. However, don’t let that scare you. This Spanish style recipe is essentially very easy to cook; and yes, every ingredient is important. Furthermore, once you’ve tried it prepared in this method, you’ll never go back.
Who taught me to prepare this recipe?
If you’re wondering who taught me this recipe, it was none other than my husband’s mother. To be real, she’s lost the term in-law several years ago. In fact, she’s as much of a mom to me that she is to my husband. For that reason, we’ve combined families and have the pleasure of passing down traditions from all generations. My three babies are so blessed to have influences from several cultures. Today I’m teaching you how to make authentic Spanish style chicken and yellow rice, but stay tuned for future posts regarding Asian influenced stir-fry. Who says you can’t have it all?!?
The trick is in the method.
Lastly, whatever you do, do not skip out on the method. The recipe calls for a very specific method of simmering the ingredients; but trust me, you’re taste buds will be delighted after trying it. Not only does simmering the peppers, onions, and garlic before adding the broth enhance the depth of flavor, steaming the chicken on top ties it all together. Even more so, I explain the effects of rice starch in cooking with this recipe here.
Are you ready to get started? I know I am. Scroll down for the full recipe. Until next time, when your hands are full, live your life to the fullest.
Easy, One Pan Chicken and Yellow Rice
Cooking Method: Stovetop
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes for the chicken, 30 minutes for the rice.
- 1 whole chicken (divided into 8 pieces, thawed)
- 2 tbs canola oil
- 2 tsp. table salt
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 3 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups white rice
- 2 tsp. garlic (minced)
- 1 red bell pepper (finely chopped)
- 1 small yellow onion (finely chopped)
- 1/4 cup grape tomatoes (finely chopped)
- 1/4 cup green olives (no pits and finely chopped)
- 1 packet of Sazon con azafran
- First, chop all of your vegetables, (pepper, onion, tomatoes, and olives) then set each individually aside.
- Place large nonstick cooking pan on the stovetop and preheat to medium.
- Next, in a large mixing bowl combine oil, salt, paprika, oregano, and pepper.
- Add chicken to bowl mixture and mix until coated well and evenly.
- Remove chicken from bowl and add chicken to the hot pan on the stove.
- Next, cook for 10 minutes without disturbing. (If chicken browns too much, turn heat down.)
- Rotate chicken to other side and cook another 10 minutes.
- Remove chicken from pan and place aside.
- Then, adjust stovetop temperature to medium-low.
- In the same pan, add garlic, pepper, and onion to pan. (You want to use the leftover chicken juices)
- Next, simmer for 2 minutes.
- Afterwards, add rice and cook for 2 minutes more.
- Stir to unstick the rice from the bottom of the pan.
- Then add chicken broth, Sazon, tomatoes, and olives.
- Raise temperature to high and stir once more.
- Simmer until all water is cooked down and liquid no longer pools. (Approximately 10 minutes)
- Place previously cooked chicken on top and cover.
- Adjust stovetop heat, once more, to low.
- Let chicken and yellow rice simmer for 20 more additional minutes.
- Finally, serve and enjoy.