Make Ahead

Brazilian Chicken

February  4, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

I love this one pot meal. I originally found it on and since then have made quite a few variations depending upon what is in my fridge and pantry. It is great any time of year, but I especially like it in the winter when a cozy one pot meal is ideal. The flavors of the salty olives with the in season citrus satisfy any salty, sweet, and sour cravings.

This is a great recipe to double and share with a friend or neighbour. —bffoodie

What You'll Need
  • 3/4 pound boneless chicken thighs cut into strips
  • 1/2 small chicken breast cut into strips
  • 1 cup yellow or Spanish rice mix with seasonings
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup pimento stuffed Spanish olives, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3-4 oranges (one for zesting and squeezing as above)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 bunch cilantro (optional)
  1. Cut the chicken into 1/2 inch strips.
  2. Add oil to a large pot that has a lid and heat it slowly.
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Go light on the salt since the seasoning packet and olives will add salt to the dish as well.
  4. Add the chicken to the pot and brown over medium high heat.
  5. Once the chicken begins to brown, add the zest and garlic.
  6. Add the liquids (water and orange juice) before the garlic begins to scorch but give the zest and garlic a little time to cook first.
  7. Once the liquid begins to boil add the rice and seasoning packet (You can also use a cup of rice and your own mix of "Spanish rice" seasonings) and olives.
  8. Reduce heat to medium low and cover the pot. Cook for about 20 minutes. The rice should be tender and the liquid absorbed.
  9. If you like cilantro, chop up some fresh cilantro to sprinkle over the dish as it is served.
  10. Cut the rest of the oranges into wedges and serve with the Brazilian Chicken.
  11. Bon appetit!!

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MrsH October 18, 2020
I also first found this recipe on Epicurious and it is in frequent rotation. I was looking for other possible variations of Brazilian chicken and rice.

This dish is delicious and agreeable to other additions such as chopped roasted red peppers. My husband is not an olive fan (I think it just a childhood hang-up) so I reduce the volume of olives but add at least one tablespoon of the olive brine as part of the liquids called for.