Dutch Oven Chicken & Rice

I cook and choose my meals based basically on one thing: what’s on sale at Dutchman’s, Hwy 2 Discount and Aldi–my local go-to grocery stores. A couple weeks ago, Dutchman’s had chicken quarters for $.39/lb. in 14 lb bags and so I purchased 2 bags. Needless to say, we’ve been eating lots of chicken.

Something I make fairly often, is chicken and rice. One reason why I like it, is that I can make extra rice and chicken to use later in different recipes when I need a quick meal. I also like it because it’s fairly simple to put together. It takes me less than 30 minutes to put it together and then there’s nothing else to do after it’s baked but to eat it and wash the pan! I love that I can make it in my dutch oven because then it only makes one dirty pan, and all the flavors get mixed together. In addition, it pairs really well with flat bread.

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Chicken & Rice

Total Time: 1 hr. 30 mins. Serves: 4

  • 2 Chicken Leg Quarters (legs separated from thighs)
  • 1 c. Rice
  • Onion
  • Mushroom
  • Sweet Potatoes, cubed (optional)
  • 2 1/4 c. Milk
  • 1 T. Butter
  • Seasonings
Preheat oven to 375. In a dutch oven, toast the rice with the butter until golden brown. Pour the rice into a small dish and set aside. Put one leg quarter in dutch oven and sear on high heat until golden brown. Flip the chicken over and sear the opposite side. Repeat with remaining chicken. (As your pan heats up, watch that it doesn’t get too hot and burn.) Set the chicken aside on a plate. In the chicken oil that remains in the pan, saute mushroom and onion. Once the onions begin to look clearish, add the sweet potatoes and saute for a couple minutes longer. Add the rice, milk, any seasonings that you like (salt, pepper, garlic, chives, Italian, tumeric) and stir it all together. Situate the chicken in the milk so that it is as covered as possible. Cook on the stovetop until the milk begins to boil. Place the lid on the dutch oven and bake for 1 hour, or until rice is tender.
Alternatively, you could follow the above steps with a skillet, boil the milk without the chicken, and place it all in a casserole dish to bake it.
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