Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
There's substitutes for ingredients that may be unknown. From Richard Blais' Try This at Home.
- 8 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs, rinsed and patted dry (about 2 pounds)
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
- 3 jarred piquillo peppers, seeded and chopped or 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 roma tomatoes, halved, seeded and chopped (plum tomatoes)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground espelette chili peppers or 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 1⁄2 teaspoon hot paprika
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons sazon seasoning (1 small packet Goya brand or Sazon Dry Spice Mix)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon saffron thread
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- hot sauce, to taste (Crystal or Frank's)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 cup plain yogurt, for serving
- lime zest (optional)
- Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large straight-sided skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until rippling. Sear the chicken thighs, turning once, until golden brown, 8-10 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Drain half the oil from the pan and return the pan to the heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, piquillos, garlic, tomatoes, Espelette and bay leaves and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to brown, 6-8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it begins to caramelize, 3-4 minutes.
- Add the rice, Sazón and saffron and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock, season with salt, pepper and hot sauce, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and nestle the chicken thighs skin side up in the rice. (Try not to submerge the skin, so it stays crisp as the rice cooks.) Cook, partially covered, until the rice has absorbed the liquid and the chicken is cooked through, 25-30 minutes. If the chicken skin is not crisp, place the pan under a hot broiler until the chicken is crispy and golden brown on top.
- To serve, remove the bay leaves, sprinkle the cilantro and parsley over the rice and gently stir to incorporate. Serve directly from the pan, with the yogurt sprinkled with lime zest and the bottle of hot sauce on the side.