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Spiced Yellow Rice with Chicken and Vegetables

To make this on the stove top, cover the pot after bringing the liquid to a boil and keep the mixture at a steady simmer over medium-low, 25 to 30 minutes. Try another variation of this go-to dinner: Chicken and Rice with Corn and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Chicken with Rice, Broccoli, Scallions, or Moroccan Chicken and Rice with Chickpeas.

  • prep: 40 mins
    total time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced medium
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium potato, diced medium
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets (from 1 head)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water

Cook's Note

Use a whole chicken for this one-pot meal, or buy a package of precut thighs or breasts.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lower third. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid, heat oil over high. Cook chicken, skin side down, until golden and crisp, 6 minutes. Flip chicken and cook until browned, 6 minutes. Transfer to a large plate.

  2. Step 2

    Reduce heat to medium and add onion, garlic, and potato to pot. Cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until onion is translucent, 4 minutes. Stir in coriander, turmeric, cumin, and rice, and cook 1 minute.

  3. Step 3

    Add cauliflower, peas, and broth, and season with salt and pepper. Arrange chicken, skin side up, on top of rice mixture. Bring to a boil, cover pot, and place in oven. Bake until chicken is cooked through and liquid is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Source
Everyday Food, December 2010