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Lemon-Garlic Spanish Chicken Thighs and Rice Pilaf

May 2010
Lemon-Garlic Spanish Chicken Thighs and Rice Pilaf

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This dish is one of my husband's favorites. It uses thigh meat, which is so delicious and inexpensive. The pilaf is made with just butter and broth, but sometimes I add saffron (just stir a pinch into the toasted pasta before you add the rice).

Makes: 4 servings

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup broken pieces thin spaghetti
  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/3 pound cured chorizo (about 5 links), casings removed and sliced on an angle 1 inch thick
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 4 small onions, quartered lengthwise with the roots intact
  • 2 small regular or meyer lemons, sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick
  • 3/4 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives (a couple of generous handfuls)
  • 6 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika or paprika (2/3 palmful)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  1. In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the pasta and toast for 3 minutes. Stir in the rice to coat. Add 2 cups chicken stock and bring to a boil, then cover the pot, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes; fluff with a fork. (If the rice sticks near the end of the cooking time, add a splash more stock.) Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large, deep skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and cook, turning, until browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Season the chicken with a lot of pepper and a little salt and add to the drippings in the skillet. Cook over medium heat, turning once, until browned, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO to the skillet, 1 turn of the pan. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the lemons, olives, garlic, bay leaves and paprika; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook, scraping up the browned bits from the pan. Stir in the remaining 1 cup chicken stock.
  4. Return the chicken and chorizo to the skillet, cover the pan, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer all the solid ingredients to a platter. Reduce the sauce for a minute over high heat, then stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the parsley. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Discard the bay leaves. Serve alongside or on top of the pilaf.