Chicken with Olives and Lemon
This delicious, skillet version of 'Arroz con Pollo' (Chicken with Rice) offers an enticing combination of aromatic flavors like tart lemon, white wine, onion, cumin, fennel and paprika with the contrasting bite of salty green olive. If desired, whole cut-up chicken or chicken breasts can be used in place of the chicken legs.
2 pounds bone-in, skinless drumsticks
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 cup basmati or long grain rice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 lemons, thinly sliced, seeds removed
1/2 cup green olives, sliced
1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Warm olive oil in large skillet with cover over high heat. Add chicken and brown well on all sides. Remove chicken and set aside.
- Add onion to skillet and sauté until translucent; remove and reserve.
- Reduce heat to medium; add rice, cumin, paprika and fennel seeds. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Lay chicken on top or rice, returning any juices back to skillet. Spoon reserved onions on top and around chicken; top with lemons and sprinkle with olives. Gently pour chicken broth and white wine over casserole and sprinkle with lemon juice.
- Reduce heat to very low; cover the skillet tightly and let simmer for 35 to 45 minutes, until the rice and lemon slices are tender and the chicken is cooked through (meat thermometer should register 170°F | 80°C). Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
Recipe provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.