I was going through the Spanish cookbook and stumbled across Spanish Chicken, which was cooked slightly different than this one. I love adding my own twists on original recipes. Well, traditional recipes without losing the taste or the sense where that particular dish coming from.
With that being said, I added smoked paprika, because it has a little pinch of heat. Then ground black pepper, and the addition of thyme. The recipe that I was looking at said to cook chicken with the rice.
Anyways, I really do not like mushy rice. So, I thought that it will be because the chicken needs more time to cook, so, I cooked it separately. It was entirely delectable and tasty, and my rice was great.
I could truly live on side dishes. I attempt to make every day something else, yet most asked dinners are those, particularly pasta or something with chicken.
Well, I included notes directly under the ingredients so you could understand that I like adding spices individually. In some cases, we cook for 2 or 3 people. So, I needed you to realize that you do not have to make an entire 10 pounds of chicken. This way works magnificently.
Spanish Chicken over Saffron Rice
- 6 Chicken thighs Also this depends on how many people
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt for each piece, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black pepper for each piece
- 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Spanish Paprika spicy smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon Sweet Paprika
- Pinch Crushed Chili Flakes
- Pinch Dry Parsley
- 1/4-1/2 Chopped Onion
- Couple of stems Fresh Thyme *optional take the leaves off, also use it as a garnish if possible
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
YELLOW “SAFFRON” RICE
- 1½ tablespoon Olive oil
- ½ cup onions chopped
- 2 cups Rice
- 3½ cups Chicken Broth low sodium (vegetable or beef would work fine, too)
- 1 Knorr Chicken Bouillon cube
- 2 pinches Saffron threads soaked in 3 tablespoons of hot water for 15 minutes
- Salt to taste only if needed
- Wash the chicken and place in a large mixing bowl. Add lemon juice and lemon zest and rub all over the chicken.
- Add/rub the rest of the ingredients on each chicken. Rub all over and under the skin if there is the skin. The skin gives you a wonderful flavor and keeps it moist rather than dry. Add fresh thyme (optional) and chopped onion, mix everything one more time.
Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap/film and let it marinate for 30 minutes to up to 1 hour. Make sure it is n the fridge.
- Preheat the oven to 400F/200C.
- Arrange the chicken in the baking pan in a single layer and drizzle with olive oil, OR Drizzle the chicken with olive oil in the mixing bowl, then place on the roasting wire rack. I prefer roasting it because the hot air circulating around the chicken, however, without the rack is fine too.
- Bake it for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is golden and reaches the internal temperature of 165F/75C.
Turn the chicken on the other side after 15 minutes of baking/roasting.
If you want an extra crunchy skin, turn your broiler ON and let cook under the broiler for a couple of minutes. I do this at the very end.
- After the rice is done, arrange the chicken on top of the rice and garnish with fresh/or dry herbs, and roasted bell pepper if you made it with the chicken.
How to Make Yellow Rice
- Wash the rice a couple of times and drain it.
- In a pot, heat olive oil. When the oil is hot enough, add onion and stir-fry for a couple of minutes, or until softened, try not to burn. The heat should be on medium high. Stir in rice and stir-fry for 2 minutes, keep mixing.
- Pour in the broth, Chicken Bouillon cube, saffron with the soaking water and a pinch of salt (you can always add more later if needed). Turn your heat to high and bring to a boil.
- When it starts boiling, cover and turn the temperature to low heat, to simmer.
- Let the rice simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the heat off completely. DO NOT take off the lid. Let the rice steam for 5 minutes covered. Use a fork to fluff up the rice.
If you do not wish to make it from scratch, you can always get bagged yellow rice. It is called Arroz Amarillo
Add a pinch of turmeric for extra yellow color. Get a good quality of Saffron threads, it is so worth it and a little goes a long way.