Chicken & Rice Pilaf Casserole

Total Time
55mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large skillet.
  4. When hot, add enough of the oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
  5. Heat the oil to almost smoking.
  6. Add the chicken pieces in batches and brown over medium-high heat until golden, about 5 minutes per side, adding more oil as needed.
  7. As the chicken browns, transfer the finished pieces to 2 large baking pans.
  8. Drizzle liberally with lemon juice.
  9. If necessary, carefully drain some of the oil from the skillet, leaving about 1 or 2 tablespoons in the pan.
  10. Reheat the oil, and add the lemon zest, oregano and onions, scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  11. Saute the onions for 5 minutes, then add the bell peppers and saute until softened, about 5 minutes longer.
  12. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until all of the grains are coated with oil, about 1 minute.
  13. Stir in the broth and water and bring to a boil.
  14. (If using unsalted broth, season with salt to taste at this point or the cooked rice will be bland.) Pour the broth and rice mixture evenly over the chicken.
  15. Cover tightly and bake until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  16. Remove from oven and let rest, still covered, at least 10 minutes before serving.

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