Baked Chicken and Rice

Baked chicken and rice

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Baked Chicken and Rice

An easy family dinner with delicious and juicy crispy skin chicken, fluffy rice and garlicky mushrooms & spinach.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Resting Time10 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: The Thrifty Life



  • 1 kg chicken pieces (drumsticks, thighs, maryland, lovely legs)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pinch of pepper


  • 4-6 cloves garlic minced (depending on how garlicky you like the taste)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp chicken stock powder
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups long-grain rice white, basmati or jasmine


  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 tbs fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, sage or thyme, finely diced


  • Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a large oven-proof baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the chicken (making sure the chicken is well-coated) and leave to marinate while you prepare the rice.
  • In the large baking dish, combine all the rice ingredients and mix well to combine. Arrange chicken pieces on top of the rice mixture and cover the dish tightly with alfoil.
  • Bake chicken and rice in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove alfoil and bake for a further 10 minutes to brown the chicken. Remove dish from oven, re-cover with alfoil and allow to stand for 10 minutes to allow the rice to absorb any remaining liquid.
  • While chicken and rice is cooking the in oven, prepare the vegetable mixture. Melt butter in a small saucepan, add mushrooms and cook until soft. Add spinach and herbs, cook for a further minute or until spinach is wilted.
  • Remove chicken from the rice and onto a plate. Mix mushroom and spinach mixture through the rice. Serve as is, or with steamed vegetables or a salad on the side.

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