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One-Pot Chicken and Rice with Swiss Chard

To change up the flavors in this dish, try using parsnips in place of the carrots and an equal amount of spinach instead of the Swiss chard.

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  • Servings: 4
One-Pot Chicken and Rice with Swiss Chard

Photography: John Kernick

Source: Everyday Food, September 2011

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken leg quarters (about 2 pounds total), patted dry
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (10 ounces), stems cut into 1/2-inch pieces, leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 medium carrots, diced medium
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus wedges for serving
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook until browned on both sides, 12 minutes, turning once. With tongs, transfer chicken to a plate.

  2. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic, chard stems, onion, and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chard stems and onion are translucent, 4 minutes. Add chard leaves, lemon zest, and rice; cook 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a rapid simmer. Reduce to a simmer and season with salt and pepper. Arrange chicken, skin side up, on top of rice mixture and cook, covered, until chicken is cooked through and liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Cook's Note

If you don't have basmati, use your favorite long-grain rice. Simply substitute an equal amount of Carolina, Converted, or even jasmine rice. Each type will cook in the same amount of time.

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