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Oven Baked Hen and Rice

This Baked Hen and Rice recipe is made solely within the oven! Buttery garlicky rice topped with baked hen thighs with a terrific seasoning crust. The little factor that makes all of the distinction is to “oven sauté” onion and garlic earlier than including the rice and hen. The rice is outrageously scrumptious!

Overhead photo of Baked Chicken and Rice in a white baking dish fresh out of the oven

You’re about to learn one of many all time hottest recipes on my website. Ever.

A Hen and Rice recipe. It completely caught me without warning. To not undermine my very own recipe, as a result of actually, if the juicy seasoned hen with its crispy skinless pores and skin doesn’t get you then the buttery garlicky rice definitely will.

I simply by no means anticipated that an on a regular basis recipe like a Hen and Rice would seize the hearts of individuals all all over the world!

However I really like that it did. I’m very keen on this recipe. 🙂

Baked Chicken and Rice in a rustic bowl, ready to be eaten


Most one-pot-rice this and that recipe begins off on the range then is completed within the oven. The motive being that they begin off by sautéing garlic and onion with oil or butter as a result of it’s such an important flavour base for the entire dish. And likewise for recipes which might be made with pores and skin on hen thighs, you must sear the hen to render out the fats, in any other case all of it leads to the rice.

When you skip the range step, simply chuck the whole lot in a pan and bake it, then it comes out okay…….however it’s lacking that further one thing one thing that you simply get from sautéing garlic and onion.

My resolution: Simply pop the onion, garlic and butter into the pan and bake it for 10 minutes to duplicate sautéing on the range. 🙂 Then proceed with the standard steps of including rice, liquids and hen.

How to make Baked Chicken and Rice


That is the spice combine I exploit to season the hen thighs. It’s one in every of my favorite on a regular basis spice mixtures since you get most depth of flavour for minimal variety of spices. Plus, I at all times have these spices readily available – at all times.

Swap out the thyme for herb of selection – I very often use oregano – and add a splash of cayenne for warmth when you really feel prefer it!

Seasoning for Baked Chicken and Rice


The “traditional” strategy to make a baked hen and rice is to begin off on the range and end within the oven. Just like the ever-popular One Pot Greek Hen & Lemon Rice. Sear hen to render out the fats, then sauté onion and garlic, add rice and liquid and produce it to a simmer.

This recipe by passes all of that. Energetic effort time totals lower than 10 minutes.

And the distinction within the end result?

Getting technical, the rice cooks barely extra evenly utilizing the traditional methodology as a result of you possibly can carry it as much as temperature within the liquid earlier than popping it within the oven. Additionally the flavour base is a bit higher as a result of the onion is sautéed to golden perfection.

However hand on coronary heart, the general flavour distinction is fairly small. I don’t suppose most individuals would discover the distinction in the event that they did a blind style take a look at. (Me included!)

The rice is outrageously good. It’s buttery and garlicky, it’s tender however not mushy (I’m of Japanese background, all Asians are snobs in the case of rice). It’s bought all of the flavour from the juices of the hen and  you get probably the most insanely attractive crust on the hen that I simply need to decide off and have all to myself.

Dinner simply bought actual simple.

Joyful Monday everybody! – Nagi xx

Close up of Baked Chicken and Rice in a white baking dish fresh out of the oven


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Oven Baked Hen and Rice

Made solely within the oven (no range!), the rice on this recipe is outrageously scrumptious! It’s buttery and garlicky, tender however not mushy. The key tip is to briefly bake onion with garlic and butter earlier than including the rice, liquids and hen – it provides an awesome flavour base! Recipe VIDEO beneath.

  • 5 hen thigh fillets, bone in, pores and skin OFF (Word 1)
  • 1 onion, chopped (brown, white or yellow)
  • 2 cloves garlic (giant), minced
  • 2 tbsp/ 30 g butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 half of cups / 270 g lengthy grain white rice (Word three)
  • 1 half of cups / 375 ml hen broth/inventory
  • 1 1/four cups / 312 ml water, scorching (faucet is okay)

Hen Rub (Word 2):

  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • half of tsp garlic powder
  • half of tsp onion powder
  • three/four tsp salt
  • Black pepper

Non-obligatory garnish:

  • Recent thyme leaves or finely chopped parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.

  2. Scatter onion and garlic in a baking dish (about 10 x 15″ / 25 x 35 cm), then place butter within the centre. Bake for 15 minutes (verify at 12 minutes, combine if some bits are browning an excessive amount of).

  3. In the meantime, combine collectively Hen Rub. Sprinkle on each side of the hen.
  4. Take away baking dish from the oven. Add rice then combine.
  5. Place hen on rice. Then pour hen broth and water across the hen.
  6. Cowl with foil, then bake for 30 minutes. Take away foil, spray hen with oil (non-compulsory), then bake for an extra 20 minutes till liquid is absorbed.

  7. Stand for five minutes, then take away hen and fluff up rice. Garnish with parsley if desired, serve and revel in!

1. Drumsticks can even work nice with this, no must take away the pores and skin and no change to prepare dinner time or temp.

I make this with skinless bone-in thigh fillets as a result of they bake in the identical time because the rice. In Australia, they’re bought with the pores and skin already off at butchers and at Woolworths (within the pre packaged part). The pores and skin should be eliminated in any other case the rice will probably be a greasy mess.

When you make this with boneless skinless thigh fillets or breast, put the rice within the oven lined with foil WITHOUT hen. Bake for 30 minutes per recipe, then take away pan, take foil off, prime with hen then return to oven (no foil) for an extra 20 – 25 minutes or till liquid within the pan is absorbed, per recipe. 

2. This Rub may be substituted with any seasonings you need! Lemon Pepper Seasoning, Italian Herb Combine – simply use what you’ve gotten.

three. This recipe is greatest made with lengthy grain rice as a result of it’s much less sticky than quick and medium grain. Basmati and jasmine can even work – across the identical prepare dinner time. For brown rice, go away it lined for 45 minutes then bake uncovered 15 – 20 minutes till rice is tender (hen will probably be extra tender too, different choice is so as to add hen 15 minutes into the bake time in the beginning however I private wouldn’t trouble).

This recipe shouldn’t be appropriate for Minute Rice, Risotto or Paella Rice.

four. This recipe makes 5 very beneficiant servings! The vitamin assumes all of the rice is consumed which it is probably not.

Initially printed March 2017, up to date June 2018 with an improved video, new images and new commentary in submit.


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