Skillet Chicken with Homemade Rice-A-Roni and Green Beans Recipe

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Yvonne Ruperti

Note: I found the best way to break the spaghetti into pieces was to hold 4 or 5 strands at once and use my fingers to break off 1/2-inch sections. I don't rinse the rice before cooking.

Recipe Facts

Active: 60 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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Ingredients

For the Chicken Rice-a-Roni:

  • 8 pieces chicken thighs and/or drumsticks (about 2 pounds)

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 1/2 ounces (about 1/3 of a box) uncooked thin spaghetti, broken into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 3/4 cups long-grain rice

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • 4 cups low-sodium store-bought or homemade chicken broth

  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Green Beans:

  • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 4 teaspoons)

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and halved crosswise

Directions

  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Working in batches, add half of the chicken skin side down. Cook until well browned, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to plate, leave oil in pan, and repeat with second batch of chicken.

  2. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon fat in pan. Add pasta pieces to pan and toast until dark golden brown, stirring frequently. Add rice, bay leaf, half tablespoon oil, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

  3. Stir in chicken broth, saffron, turmeric, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to simmer, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook, without stirring, for 12 minutes. Adjust heat as necessary to keep mixture at low simmer.

  4. Remove lid and nestle chicken pieces into rice. Cover and continue to cook until rice is cooked through and chicken registers between 170°F to 175°F on instant read thermometer, about 10 to 15 minutes longer.

  5. While the chicken and rice is cooking, make the green beans. In 10-inch skillet, heat remaining tablespoon oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add green beans and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook until just tender, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6. Season rice-a-roni to taste with more salt and pepper and serve.

Special Equipment

12-inch skillet with lid, 10-inch skillet, instant read thermometer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
323 Calories
14g Fat
25g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 323
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 567mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 508mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)