Easy One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake with Zucchini

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Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan.  It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Can we have a little chat about this Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake?  I mean, it’s kinda the perfect dinner.  Everything, including the pasta, cooks in one casserole dish.  It has veggies, protein, dairy, and grains all in one.  Finally, it’s DOWNRIGHT DELICIOUS!  First, you get the flavorful, tangy pasta in tomato sauce.  Then you get the hearty zucchini and chicken topped with creamy and melty cheese.  Finally a crunchy breadcrumb topping is the perfect finish and brings in the traditional breaded chicken from Chicken Parmesan.  

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Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake on a plate with casserole in back. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

One Pan = One Happy Mamma!

Yep, that’s right, every single piece of pasta, chicken, tomato sauce, and breadcrumbs cooks in this one casserole pan! 

Easy prep.  Easy cleanup!  And there are others like this out there!  Check these out:

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in the pan with spatula scooping. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a large casserole dish that’s approximately 9×13 or similar.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR CHICKEN PARMESAN PASTA BAKE

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)

Now when I tell you everything goes into one pan, I mean it!

First, add all of the Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Garlic Powder, Dried Oregano, Salt, and Ground Black Pepper to the casserole dish and then whisk together so the tomato paste is fully mixed in. Whisk in the water. 

Tomato sauce ingredients getting mixed in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

For the pasta, I love to use medium shells as they cook fast and easily mix into the sauce.  Stir them uncooked into the sauce. Finally, mix in 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese.

Hand holding uncooked shell pasta over tomato sauce in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Pasta and tomato sauce in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Cut your chicken breast lengthwise from the side to create 2 thin breasts.  Slice the zucchini in long, flat 1/4 inch slices, from stem to stem. 

Season both the zucchini and the chicken with a sprinkle of dried oregano, salt and pepper.

Raw chicken breasts being sliced from the side with knife for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Raw zucchini slices and chicken breasts seasoned for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Can I use whole chicken breasts, not cut?

You can, but it will take longer to cook.  Slicing the chicken thin or buying chicken cutlets that are already thin will cook faster.  If you want to leave the breasts whole/thick, you will need to first sear the chicken in a frying pan to give it a sear.  Preheat the pan to high heat, add enough oil to coat the bottom, than add the chicken breasts.  Cook on the first side for 4-5 minutes and then flip and do the same to the other side.  Then transfer it to the casserole and follow the recipe steps.  If there are any chicken browned bits and juices in the pan, you can add the broth from the recipe to the pan to scrape all of that goodness up first, then add it all to the sauce in the casserole dish.

COOK YOUR CHICKEN PARMESAN PASTA BAKE

Place the zucchini slices on top of the pasta mixture in a single layer, then top each with a pieces of chicken. Top with the mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and Bake on the center rack 30 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.

Zucchini and chicken being layered on pasta in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

While the casserole is baking, make the breadcrumb topping by adding the panko breadcrumbs to a bowl and drizzling over the olive oil and stirring to combine. Mix in the rest of the ingredients, the 2 tablespoons of parmesan, garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, and dried oregano.

After 30 minutes in the oven, remove the casserole and sprinkle the topping all over the top. Place back in the oven for a final 10 minutes, until crispy and lightly browned (Note, you can also turn the broiler on for quicker browning, but watch closely so it doesn’t burn!).

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Can I freeze this casserole?

Once the casserole is cooked, you can freeze it after first cooling it and then tightly covering it. It can stay in the freezer for up to 4 months. To cook it again, cover with aluminum foil and bake 350 F for 1 hour if thawed, 1 1/2 hours if frozen.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
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Easy One Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake with Zucchini

This Easy One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake is kinda the perfect dinner.  Everything, including the pasta, cooks in one casserole dish, it's a balanced meal, and it's DOWNRIGHT DELICIOUS!  First, you get the shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce.  Then you get the hearty zucchini and chicken topped with creamy and melty cheese.  Finally a crunchy breadcrumb topping is the perfect finish and brings in the traditional breaded chicken from Chicken Parmesan. #chickenrecipes #easydinnerideas

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Baked chicken, chicken dinner, Chicken parmesan, pasta dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 521 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Casserole

  • 1-2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 28 oz Crushed San Marzano Tomatoes (1 large can)
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth (12oz)
  • 1/2 lb uncooked Medium Shell Pasta (or other short cut pasta)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Chicken & Zucchini

  • 1 Medium-Large Zucchini
  • 16 oz Chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1-2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 4 oz
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Topping

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoons Dried Oregano

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Drizzle or Spray a 13×9 inch (or similar size) casserole dish with Olive Oil.
  2. Add all of the Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Garlic Powder, Dried Oregano, Salt, and Ground Black Pepper to the casserole dish and then whisk together so the tomato paste is fully mixed in. Whisk in the chicken broth. Then stir in the pasta. Finally, mix in 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese.

    Pasta and tomato sauce in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
  3. Slice the zucchini in long, flat 1/4 inch slices, from stem to stem.

  4. Cut your chicken breast lengthwise from the side to create 2 thin breasts. Season both the zucchini and the chicken with a sprinkle of dried oregano, salt and pepper.

    Raw zucchini slices and chicken breasts seasoned for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
  5. Place the zucchini slices on top of the pasta mixture in a single layer, then top each with a pieces of chicken. Top with the mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and Bake on the center rack 30 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.

    Zucchini and chicken being layered on pasta in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
  6. While the casserole is baking, make the breadcrumb topping by adding the panko breadcrumbs to a bowl and drizzling over the olive oil and stirring to combine. Mix in the rest of the ingredients, the 2 tablespoons of parmesan, garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, and dried oregano. After 30 minutes in the oven, remove the casserole and sprinkle the topping all over the top.

    Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
  7. Place back in the oven for a final 10 minutes, until crispy and lightly browned (Note, you can also turn the broiler on for quicker browning, but watch closely so it doesn't burn!).

    Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

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.

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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