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One-Pot Chicken and Chorizo Rice

One-pot baked chicken and chorizo rice with Spanish influences features a little chilli heat and tickle of acidity from sherry vinegar.

This recipe takes a shade over an hour to cook and prepare but it is very easy to make and requires no crazy kitchen skills!

Spanish-influenced baked chicken and chorizo rice served on a plate.

One Pot Spanish Influenced Chicken and Rice

Chicken and chorizo is a glorious combination that I use fairly regularly.

I have everything from a quick spicy chicken and chorizo pasta to chicken and chorizo risotto and chicken leg and chorizo tray bake to a comforting cheesy chicken and chorizo pasta bake.

My latest offering is a gloriously simple one-pot chicken leg and chorizo with rice dish loaded with Spanish flavours.

It uses a similar technique to my one-pot Indian inspired baked chicken and rice recipe and it tastes superb.

It begins with frying the sausage in a little oil to get the flavours from the sausage flowing. These oils are then used to crisp up the chicken skin.

Then they are used to soften some onions, carrots and celery, add a bit of rice, and a bit of chicken stock.

Then pile back in the chorizo and chicken, chuck it in the oven and wait for your dinner to be ready.

It really is that simple and it tastes fantastic!

Overhead Spanish-influenced baked chicken and chorizo rice in a cooking pan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use chicken breast?

I would not, the chicken breast will cook significantly quicker than the chicken leg, and as a result, you will either end up with overcooked chicken or undercooked rice.

If you don’t want to use whole chicken legs you can use bone-in chicken thighs, they will cook in the same amount of time.

Can I take the skin off the chicken?

You can, I personally love the flavour of the skin, but if it is not for you, feel free to remove it.

Is Spanish and Mexican chorizo the same?

I get asked this question a lot by visitors to my site from the US. No, they are not the same and you cannot substitute one for the other in this recipe.

An Italian salami or pepperoni would be a better substitution, the flavours are very different but the cooking properties are similar.

Do I have to use sherry vinegar?

No, but I would urge you to add some to your pantry if you can because it is delicious. The best substitution is red wine vinegar with a pinch of sugar.

Spanish-influenced baked chicken and chorizo rice in a cooking pan.

Serving Suggestions

I consider this Spanish-influenced baked chicken and chorizo with rice recipe to be a perfect one-pot dinner. It doesn’t “need” anything else to deliver a hearty and tasty stand-alone meal.

If I were to add anything it would likely be some green vegetables.

The obvious thing would be to toss some tenderstem broccoli, asparagus or even some green beans in some oil then roast them whilst the rice is cooking.

However, I would be much more inclined to remove the chicken from the rice and rest it under some foil for 5-7 minutes.

Then I would add some thin asparagus, peas (defrosted), broad beans (shelled) or thin broad beans to the rice. Then mix it all together, return the lid and pop the pan back in the oven (with the oven turned off) for 4-5 minutes.

Overhead Spanish-influenced baked chicken and chorizo rice served on a plate.

Equipment Used

I only name-check brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Hob/stovetop.
  • Oven.
  • 28cm or 11″ oven-proof frying pan with a lid. You can improvise a lid with foil if you need to.
  • Sieve to wash and drain the rice.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Chopping board.
  • Slotted, stirring and serving spoons.
  • Kitchen tongs.
  • Quick read meat thermometer. Optional, but recommended.
  • A combination of weighing scales, measuring jug, cups and spoons.
One-pot baked chicken leg and chorizo rice garnished with fresh parsley.
Yield: 2 Servings

One Pot Spanish Baked Chicken and Chorizo Rice Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A delicious one-pot baked chorizo sausage, chicken leg and rice dish with Spanish influences, that tastes superb and is wonderfully simple to make.

Ingredients

  • 150g (¾ Cup) Basmati Rice
  • 2 Chicken Legs
  • 175g (6oz) Spanish Chorizo Sausage
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 150g (1 Cup) Onion
  • 100g (⅔ Cup) Carrot
  • 1 Stick (50g or ⅓ Cup) Celery
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Sherry Vinegar
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ Tsp Dried Chilli Flakes (optional)
  • 375ml (1½ Cup) Chicken Stock
  • Salt, this may not be required, taste your stock and make a judgement
  • Loads of Fresh Parsley to Serve

Instructions

  1. Wash the basmati rice in cold water until the water ceases to be cloudy.
  2. Cut the chorizo sausage into 1-1½cm (½") chunks.
  3. Cut the onion in half, peel it and then cut it into a 5-7mm (¼") dice.
  4. Cut the carrot and celery into a dice the same size as the onion.
  5. Peel and finely dice the garlic.
  6. Heat a 28cm or 11" oven-safe frying pan over a medium heat and add the olive oil.
  7. Add the diced chorizo and fry it until it begins to crisp up a little and leaches lots of that paprika rich oil into the pan, then remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and set it aside.
  8. Turn the heat up to medium high and fry the chicken legs, skin side down until it starts to crisp up and gets a light colouring, then remove and set aside.
  9. Reduce the heat down to medium and add the onion, carrot and celery and soften for 5-7 minutes.
  10. Toss in the garlic and cook for 1 minute stirring regularly.
  11. Return the chorizo to the pan, add the drained and washed rice, sherry vinegar, bay leaf and dried chilli flakes.
  12. Pour in the chicken stock and add salt if required, stir and create a single flat layer, add the chicken legs (skin side up) and a lid, and transfer to an oven and cook at 180°C or 350°F for 20 minutes.
  13. Remove the lid, turn the heat up to 200°C or 400°F and flip the oven over to fan mode then cook for a final 10-13 minutes or until the chicken legs reach 73°C or 165°F in a quick read meat thermometer. If your oven does not have fan mode turn it up to 230°C or 450°F.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 966Total Fat: 57gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 273mgSodium: 1558mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 66g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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