Spanish Chicken With Rice, Chicken for Almodovar

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Bill Hodgkins

This recipe came from Rachael Ray on the Cooking Channel and is so good. Just a couple of notes... The original recipe calls for 1/4 cup golden raisins, (Yuck!). I leave them out because I hate raisins.. It also calls for 1 cup each of white wine and chicken stock; this made it way too wet, suggest cutting down to about a half cup of each, or leave out the water or the wine depending on your taste, to make a better gravy consistency. And... The rice is awesome, but simple.

Top Review by JustJanS

Bill, this was GREAT! I used skinless bone-in thigh cutlets as I prefer them to breasts, and took note and reduced the liquids to 1 cup in total. I did use the sultanas (golden raisins) and although I'm not too fond of them, they really gave a nice contrast of sweetness to the salty olives in the sauce. As they plumped up, I added another 1/4 cup of water to the sauce. In the ingredients, you mention Spanish onions coarsely chopped-I took this to mean Spanish olives as they are mentioned in the method. I also slipped a teaspoon of Spanish smoked paprika into the recipe, which gave a wonderful, but subtle smokey flavour. This is a truly wonderful recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium sauce pan bring stock and butter to a boil.
  2. Add saffron and rice.
  3. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer 18 to 20 minutes.
  4. Fluff with fork.
  5. In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown chicken seasoned with salt and pepper in 2 tablespoons oil about 2- 3 minutes on each side.
  6. Remove chicken and add another tablespoon olive oil to pan.
  7. Add garlic and onions and sauté 2 minutes to begin to soften them.
  8. Stir in bay, pimento, olives and raisins.
  9. Add wine and cook 1 minute, picking up any pan drippings.
  10. Add stock and bring liquid up to a bubble.
  11. Whisk in butter until melted.
  12. Return chicken to the pan and reduce heat to simmer.
  13. Cook 15 minutes.
  14. Serve chicken over saffron rice and garnish with lots of chopped parsley and a generous topping of toasted almonds.

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