Oven-Baked Spanish Chicken With Rice

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

If you have a large enough baking dish you can throw in a few more pieces of chicken, I made this in my small roaster, but I think it would work in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish, adjust all spices to taste and please do not omit the olives they are what makes this dish!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the chicken with seasoned salt (or white salt) and black pepper then add to the skillet.
  3. Brown on both sides then remove to a plate.
  4. Add in the onions, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, garlic and chili flakes (if using) saute until soft (about 3-4 minutes).
  5. Add in tomatoes with juice, broth, rice, chili powder, cinnamon and cumin; mix with wooden spoon and bring to a boil.
  6. Season with more seasoned salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Transfer to a large greased baking dish or roasting pan.
  8. Top with the browned chicken pieces, then sprinkle the olives all over.
  9. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  10. Uncover then spoon picante sauce over the chicken.
  11. To with with shredded cheddar cheese.
  12. Return to oven to bake 3-5 minutes.
Most Helpful

This was outstanding!!! We did one step further. Added a little bit of sour cream on top of the cheese on the chicken before serving and omg!!! Yum! Thank you so much!

Shelley B. September 15, 2015

I LOVED this recipe! I couldn't eat enough of it. I was stuffed and I still wanted more. Thank you for sharing. I used diced chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken and made brown rice ahead of time, omitted broth. I only had a can of Rotel and a couple of medium sized tomatoes (seeded and chopped) to add instead of the 2 can diced tomatoes. Turned out wonderful!

alkaloidqueen January 18, 2012

OMG! This recipe was SOOOO good! As I was putting the cheese on the top, I was thinking we don't really need this, but I'm really glad I put it on there. YUM!!! I would add more rice, though, mine came out kinda saucy. It was DELICIOUS!

mstdean December 28, 2010