Mark Bittman's Chicken and Rice

June 24, 2013

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. 

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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

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My books include the bestselling How to Cook Everything and Vegan Before 6 P.M. (VB6), where I provide all the necessary tools for making the switch to a Flexitarian diet with lists for stocking the pantry, strategies for eating away from home in a variety of situations, pointers for making cooking on a daily basis both convenient and enjoyable, and a complete 28-day eating plan showing VB6 in action.


irinaleibo June 30, 2013
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.
culture_connoisseur June 30, 2013
Beautiful dish! I am going to make this and add dried black limes to the pot while cooking.
kayakct June 29, 2013
I made this for my family last night. Everyone loved it! I will make this again.
Chocolate B. June 29, 2013
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.
wendy G. June 25, 2013
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.
Betty C. June 24, 2013
being vegan, this reminds me of my favorite Raj line in Big Bang:)
kitchenfish June 24, 2013
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.