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Baked Chicken and Rice

Chicken baked with rice makes a flavorful one dish meal but baking the chicken in convection makes the preparation easier without sacrificing the flavor.


There are many versions of chicken and rice dishes and Arroz con Pollo is one of the most flavorful, it's a perfect dish to feed a crowd. This recipe shows several options for cooking the chicken and rice in a steam or convection oven.


Convection-steam arroz con pollo.

INGREDIENTS


Chicken:


8 - pieces bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (legs and thighs work best)

2 - tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

1 - teaspoon Kosher salt

½ - teaspoon granulated garlic

1 - teaspoon ground cumin

½ - teaspoon mild or spicy smoked paprika

½ - teaspoon ancho chili powder

1 - teaspoon ground turmeric

1 - teaspoon dried oregano

Set the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet, and combine the oil and spices in a small bowl and rub into the chicken.


Vegetables and Additional Ingredients:


1 - tablespoon olive oil

1 - large yellow onion, diced

1 - medium yellow pepper, diced

1 - poblano chili, diced (if you like some spice)

3 - cloves, garlic minced

1 - Portuguese mild or spicy Linguica sausage diced

1 - 14oz can chopped tomatoes

1 - cup short grain rice or Arborio

2 - cups chicken stock


Garnish:


½ - cup Manzanilla Spanish olives

¼ - cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves



PREPARATION


Oven Options


  1. Cook the spice rubbed chicken pieces in the  Convection or Convection Steam Mode while cooking the rice and vegetables on the  cooktop. Cool and slice the chicken and combine with the chicken and  pan juices with the rice. OR


  2. Sear the spice rubbed chicken pieces in the  Convection Mode while sauteing the vegetables on the cooktop.  Add the  rice and stock to the pan, nestle the seared chicken pieces in the rice  and bake covered in Convection or uncovered in the Steam Oven  for 30 - 35  minutes.


Oven Method 1:


Heat the Convection oven in the Convection Roast Mode or the Steam Oven in the Combination Convection Steam Mode to 375 degrees.


Cook the chicken for 25 - 30 minutes until the skin is crisp and golden.

When the chicken has cooled, slice it  (or leave whole  if you prefer) then skim the fat from the pan juices and stir the  juices into the rice mixture.


While the chicken is cooking, prepare the rice mixture.


Heat a large sauté pan over moderate heat,  add the oil, increase the temperature to medium high and sauté the onion  for a few minutes to soften.


Stir in the peppers and cook for a few minutes until the edges begin to brown.


Add the garlic and stir for a few minutes then add the  sausage, cook for another minute or so then add the tomatoes and cook  for 4 - 5 minutes.


Stir in the rice and add the chicken stock, cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes until the rice is tender.


Gently stir in the olives, add the chicken and garnish with the chopped cilantro.


Oven Method 2:


Sear the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet in the  Convection Mode 375 (convection and steam ovens) degrees for 15 minutes and begin the rice preparation on the cooktop.


Sauté the vegetables as directed above in a large  ovenproof pan and once you have added the liquid, nestle the par cooked chicken  pieces into the pan and scrape any cooking juices into the pan. 


Cook uncovered in the Steam Oven in the Combination mode 350 degrees for 30 - 35  minutes until the rice is tender OR covered in the Convection Bake mode 350 degrees in a Convection oven.


Garnish as directed.

Serves 6 - 8


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