One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice

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Spanish Chicken and Rice in pot is hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
Spanish Chicken and Rice on plate with fork.  It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Warm, hearty, and smokey, this rustic One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice is everything!  It’s comfort on a plate.  Tender chicken thighs are seared with a smoked paprika spice blend that gives deep flavor to the tender meat.  It’s then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor!

And…the entire thing, rice and all, cooks in this one pot!  Yes!  It starts on the stove and then moves to the oven where the rice and veggies cooks to perfection.

This is also the perfect ingredient-flexible recipe for using what you have in the pantry!  Just scroll down to see.

Spanish Chicken and Rice in pot is hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Perfect Pantry Dinner!

When times are tough, the pantry can be your best friend for helping to pull together a family dinner.  This One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice recipe is a perfect example!  Click here to get more pantry dinner ideas and  Pantry Must-Haves for Quick & Easy Dinners!  

For this Spanish Chicken and Rice, here is what you need and how you could swap with other ingredients if needed:

Refrigerator/Freezer

  • Chicken Thighs – You can use chicken breasts if you don’t have thighs, but boneless skinless thighs really are so perfect for this dish.  If you need to use frozen chicken, be sure to put it in the fridge to thaw 24 hours before planning to cook this recipe.
  • Carrots and Celery – You can make this recipe without these veggies, but they add flavor and texture, as well as vitamins and nutrients.  You could use frozen carrots if you have them too.  Simply add them straight from the freezer, do not thaw first.
  • Other: Not included in this recipe, but would also be delicious in it are red pepper and Chorizo (out of the casing).

Pantry

  • Spices & Seasonings – This is where you can make substitutions based on what you have on hand.  The one ingredient you do really need for this recipe is Smoked paprika, which gives the dish it’s distinct Spanish smokey flavor.  If you don’t have this and cannot get it, you could swap with chili powder. 
  • Long grain rice – You can use other types of rice, but if you are going to use a converted rice or quick cooking rice, you will want to cook the chicken 10 minutes longer on the stove without the rice.  Then add the rice and cook in the oven for 20 minutes vs. 30min.
  • Onion & Garlic – If you do not have fresh onions, you can use frozen.  You could use onion/garlic powder or flakes if needed.
  • Tomato – If you do not have a fresh tomato, you can use 1 can diced tomatoes.
  • Tomato paste – This ingredient gives the dish a deep deep tomato flavor which is hard to replicate, but you can leave it out as long as you have another tomato product in the dish.
  • Spanish Olives stuffed with Pimento – I like to keep these on hand in my pantry, but if you do not have them, you can use any olives.  You can also substitute with capers or even artichoke hearts in a pinch.  Of course, you can simply leave them out altogether!
  • Chicken broth – You can substitute with bouillon mixed with hot water, vegetable broth, beef broth, or just water if needed.  Be sure to taste for seasoning and adjust for more flavor by adding salt, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.

For more easy Pantry Dinner Recipes, CLICK HERE!

Spanish Chicken and Rice on plate with fork. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a large (5-6 quart) pot with lid that can go from the stove to the oven. My prized possession dutch oven was perfect for this! Or any good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven with lid is great.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR ONE POT SPANISH CHICKEN AND RICE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

This is the kind of recipe that you can reheat later and it’s nearly as good as when it first comes out of the oven.  So, you could make the entire recipe ahead if you need to!

In terms of prepping ingredients, you can dice the carrots, celery, and onion. Mince the garlic. Rough chop the olives so that most are at least cut in half.  Cut the tomato into large chunks.  Chop the parsley, if using(optional).

Diced carrots for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Diced celery for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Diced onion for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Knife cutting tomato into large chunks for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Tomato cut into large chunks for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Chopped green olives with pimento for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Measure out the tomato paste. Make the chicken broth if using bouillon.

Then make your spice rub by mixing Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Salt, Black Pepper, and Cayenne powder (optional).

Spice Rub spices for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

COOK YOUR ONE POT SPANISH CHICKEN AND RICE

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel and season all over with the spice rub. Rub it in with fingers.Patting skinless chicken thighs with paper towel for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Sprinkling seasoning on raw chicken thighs for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Rubbing seasoning on raw chicken thighs for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

In a 5-quart oven safe dutch oven or deep pot/pan with lid, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on high heat. Add the chicken thighs top/presentation down and leave them alone for 5-6 minutes without touching so they get a nice sear. After five minutes, turn the chicken over and sear the other side for another 5 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.

Adding chicken thighs to pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Chicken thighs in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Transfer chicken thighs to plate for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

To the same pot, add the carrots, celery, onions, garlic, chopped tomato, chopped olives, tomato paste, chicken broth, salt, and smoked paprika. Bring to a boil.

Veggies added to pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Pouring broth into veggies in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Boiling broth and veggies in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Stir in the rice and half of the parsley (if using) into the cooking liquid. Add the chicken back on top of the rice.

Mixing rice into broth and veggies in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Adding chicken back to pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Cover and place the pot into the oven and cook for 30 minutes.

Pot covered in oven for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipesSpanish Chicken and Rice in pot is hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Serve and Enjoy!  😍 Carrie

Spoon serving Spanish Chicken and Rice from pot.  It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Spanish Chicken and Rice on plate with fork. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice

Warm, hearty, and smokey, this rustic One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice everything!  It's comfort on a plate.  Tender chicken thighs are seared with a smoked paprika spice blend that gives deep flavor to the tender meat.  It's then cooked to perfection with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #chickenandrice #easydinnerideas #familydinnerideas #dinners #chickenthighs

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword chicken, one pot, paprika, rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Spice Rub for Chicken

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)

All Other Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup long grain rice
  • 2 lbs Chicken Thighs, boneless, skinless (about 6 thighs)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Carrot, Large
  • 1 Celery Stalk
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 large ripe tomato (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
  • 5 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup Spanish Olives stuffed with Pimento
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth (reduce to 3 cups if using canned tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 4 tbsp Chopped Italian Parsley (optional)

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. In a small bowl, mix the spice rub ingredients.

    Spice Rub spices for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  2. Dice the carrots, celery, and onion. Mince the garlic. Chop the tomato into large chunks. Rough chop the olives. Chop the parsley, if using(optional).

    Chopped green olives with pimento for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  3. Measure out the tomato paste. Make the chicken broth if using bouillon.

Cook your Chicken and Rice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and season the thighs all over with the spice rub. Rub it in with fingers.

    Rubbing seasoning on raw chicken thighs for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  3. In a 5-quart oven safe dutch oven or deep pot/pan with lid, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on high heat. Add the chicken thighs top/presentation down and leave them alone for 5-6 minutes without touching so they get a nice sear. After five minutes, turn the chicken over and sear the other side for another 5 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.

    Chicken thighs in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  4. To the same pot, add the carrots, celery, onions, garlic, chopped tomato, Chopped olives, tomato paste, chicken broth, salt, and smoked paprika. Bring to a boil.

    Pouring broth into veggies in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  5. Stir in the rice and half of the parsley (if using) into the cooking liquid. Add the chicken back on top of the rice. Cover and place the pot into the oven and cook for 30 minutes.

    Adding chicken back to pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  6. Garnish with remaining parsley. Serve and Enjoy!

    Spanish Chicken and Rice in pot is hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

 

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