One-Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs and Rice
Chicken thighs are marinated with cilantro and lime before baking with a savory rice in this delicious one-pot meal.
- ¼cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2tablespoons olive oil
- 2tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1tablespoon grated lime zest
- 2cloves garlic, minced
- 1teaspoon chili powder
- 1teaspoon ground cumin
- 1teaspoon salt
- ½teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 5(4 ounce) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 1½ cups chicken stock
- 1tablespoon olive oil
- 1¼ cups water
- 1½ cups long-grain white rice
- 1½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½teaspoon salt
- 2tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1½ teaspoons lime zest
Step 1Combine cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl or plastic storage container. Add chicken and coat well in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, turning chicken occasionally.
Step 2Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 3Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove chicken thighs from the marinade, rubbing garlic onto both sides of the chicken. Add chicken to the hot oil and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Turn off burner and transfer chicken to a plate; set aside.
Step 4Pour chicken stock and water into the Dutch oven, scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden or plastic spoon to loosen any browned bits. Stir in rice, lime juice, and salt. Place chicken on top of the rice and cover with a lid.
Step 5Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and remove chicken to a plate using tongs. Stir rice from bottom to top then place the chicken back on top of the rice.
Step 6Return to the oven and cook, uncovered, until all the liquid is absorbed, and the rice is soft, 15 to 18 more minutes.
Step 7Transfer cooked chicken to a plate and stir 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro and 1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest into the rice. Fluff with a fork and serve with the chicken.