I don’t do much cooking with rice, which is kind of ironic considering most Arabic dishes are stews that require rice on the side. I should be making more stews like Bamiya (okra and meat in tomato sauce), Fasoolia (string beans and meat in tomato sauce), and Sabanekh (spinach with rice) but those dishes take way too long on weeknights.

When I came across this Chicken and Rice Chile Verde recipe by Cooking on the Side, I was excited to try something new. Actually, it was delicious. I would definitely make it again.

Recipe adapted from Cooking on the Side.


Chicken and Rice Chile Verde Recipe


1-1/4 cup Chicken Broth
4 large Chicken Thighs (about 1-1/2 lb), skin and excess fat removed
1 medium Onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 clove Garlic, minced or pressed
3/4 cup Calrose Rice (short-grain sushi style rice) If you use other rice, you may need to adjust chicken broth accordingly
1 (4 oz) can Diced Green Chilies
1/2 teaspoon Oregano, dried
1 cup Frozen Peas, thawed
1/4 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese


Heat a large frying pan over high heat.
Lightly coat the inside of the pan with cooking spray.
Add chicken in a single layer.
Cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until browned. Remove from pan.
Add onion and garlic to the same pan; sauté 30 seconds.
Mix in rice, chiles, oregano and chicken broth. Arrange the chicken, in a single layer, over the top. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low.
Cover and simmer 25 minutes.
Sprinkle the peas over the chicken.
Cover and cook 5 minutes longer, or until the liquid is absorbed.
Remove from heat; let stand covered 10 minutes.
Sprinkle cheese on top. 

Servings = 4

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