Curried Chicken Legs with Carrots, Rice, and Lime

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

In this tasty chicken recipe, lime zest adds fragrance to rice, while lime juice gives carrots a citrus kick.


  • 4 whole chicken legs (drumsticks and thighs), about 3 pounds total

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 2 pounds carrots, cut into 2-inch lengths, halved lengthwise if thick

  • 1 cup brown or white basmati rice

  • 2 limes, zest slivered and juice squeezed


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place chicken in the center of a large rimmed baking sheet; season with curry powder, salt, and pepper. Scatter carrots around chicken. Roast, occasionally brushing chicken and tossing carrots with pan drippings, until chicken is cooked through, and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of thigh (avoiding bone) registers 165 degrees, 35 to 45 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan with a lid, bring 2 cups water to a boil; season with salt and pepper. Add rice; return to a boil. Stir, and reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and scatter lime zest over rice. Cover pan, and let steam 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Transfer chicken to a plate. Sprinkle lime juice over carrots (still on hot baking sheet); toss, scraping up and incorporating any browned bits. Fluff rice gently with a fork; serve with chicken and carrots.

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