Spiced Chicken and Rice
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This dish is full of eastern spices, tender chicken, fluffy rice, and the crunch of toasted nuts.
Recipe type: Chicken Entrées
Serves: 8 cups
  • 2 whole chicken thighs, including drumstick, skin, and bones
  • [1/2] large yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 (3-in.) cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 TB. plus 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large ripe tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 cups long-grain rice, rinsed
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cardamom
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cloves
  • [1/2] tsp. seven spices
  • [1/2] tsp. ground nutmeg
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cinnamon
  • [1/2] tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • [1/2] cup sliced almonds
  • [1/2] cup pistachios
  • [1/2] cup pine nuts
  • [1/2] cup white or golden raisins
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, bring chicken, yellow quartered onion, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, 1 teaspoon salt, and water to a boil. Cook, skimming off any foam, for 40 minutes. Set aside to cool. Remove chicken from broth, and pull apart chicken, discarding skin and bones.
  2. In another large pot over medium heat, heat 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add chopped yellow onion and tomato, and cook, stirring intermittently, for 7 minutes.
  3. Add long-grain rice, cardamom, cloves, seven spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper to onion-tomato mixture, and cook, stirring intermittently, for 3 minutes.
  4. Add chicken broth from the pot to rice mixture, and stir. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 40 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, fluff rice with a fork, cover, and set aside for 10 minutes.
  6. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat remaining 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, and white raisins, and toast for 3 minutes. Set aside.
  7. To serve, spoon rice onto a serving dish. Top rice with chicken and toasted nuts, and serve warm.
Healthy Hint
You can make this dish a bit healthier by using brown basmati rice instead of white long-grain rice.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cups Calories: 357 Fat: 23g Saturated fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 28g Sodium: 986mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 12g Cholesterol: 20mg



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