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This week, Mark Bittman is serving as a Guest Editor at Food52. He'll be choosing a Wildcard winner, answering your questions in a Twitter chat, and sharing recipes from his new Cooking Basics app.

Chicken and Rice is one of the world's great one?pot dishes. Don't be intimidated by cooking chicken and rice in the same pan; it's no harder than cooking either ingredient on its own. You may need to monitor the moisture in the pan toward the end of cooking, but as long as you resist the urge to uncover the skillet and stir, it will come out great. 

Chicken and Rice

Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 whole cut-up chicken or about 3 pounds parts whole cut-up
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 medium onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 cups short-grain white rice
3 1/2 cups water, chicken stock, or vegetable stock, or more as needed
1 cup peas (frozen are fine; no need to thaw them)
2 limes, quartered, for serving

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Romulo Yanes

Want tips on ingredients and recipes? The master of basic cooking will be answering questions on Twitter this coming Wednesday, June 26.

Tags: guest editors, mark bittman, chicken rice, one pot, peas, lime

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Comments (7)


about 2 years ago irinaleibo

Annatto. Bijol. That's how we make the bright yellow color.
I soak the rice in it for an hour before adding it to the pot, then cook it with beer and broth.


about 2 years ago culture_connoisseur

Beautiful dish! I am going to make this and add dried black limes to the pot while cooking.


about 2 years ago kayakct

I made this for my family last night. Everyone loved it! I will make this again.


about 2 years ago Chocolate Be

If you want to make this a little more exotic and add another flavor component, add a teaspoon or so of turmeric (mix it with the water or broth). Growing up, this was always known as "Chicken with Yellow Rice" and was a top favorite with both kids and parents.


about 2 years ago wendy goldner

Any reason I couldn't make this with brown rice or kamut? Would I have to precook the rice???? Not a big fan of white rice, there must be a more nutritious substitute. Would appreciate any suggestions.


about 2 years ago Betty Coppola

being vegan, this reminds me of my favorite Raj line in Big Bang:)


about 2 years ago kitchenfish

Oh my gosh! I have been trawling the intertubes for just on two hours now, searching for a one pot chicken dish to cook tonight! How did you know?! Marvellous.