Smothered Chicken and Rice

Smothered chicken and rice is a classic Southern comfort food dish that combines tender chicken, flavorful rice, and a creamy, savory sauce. This one-pan meal is perfect for a hearty dinner that will satisfy the whole family. The dish is easy to prepare and can be customized with your favorite seasonings and vegetables.

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Ingredients

To create this delicious smothered chicken and rice, you’ll need the following ingredients:

IngredientAmount
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs1.5 lbs
Long grain white rice, rinsed1.5 cups
Onion, diced1 medium
Garlic, minced3 cloves
Bell peppers, chopped2 medium
Chicken broth2 cups
Cream of chicken soup1 can (10.5 oz)
Paprika1 tsp
Garlic powder1 tsp
Onion powder1 tsp
Dried thyme1/2 tsp
Cayenne pepper1/4 tsp
Salt and black pepperTo taste
Shredded cheddar cheese1 cup
Chopped fresh parsley or green onionsFor garnish

Preparation

Follow these steps to create a mouthwatering smothered chicken and rice dish:

  1. Sauté the aromatics
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the diced onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and chopped bell peppers, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  1. Brown the chicken
  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper.
  • Add the seasoned chicken to the skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side until browned.
  • Remove the chicken and set aside.
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  1. Deglaze the pan
  • Pour in 1/4 cup of chicken broth to deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  1. Assemble and bake
  • Stir the rinsed rice, remaining chicken broth, and cream of chicken soup into the skillet.
  • Nestle the browned chicken into the rice mixture, ensuring it’s partially submerged.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, then transfer it to a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake in a preheated 375°F (190°C) oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165°F or 74°C).
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  1. Finish and serve
  • Remove the foil and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the top of the dish.
  • Return the dish to the oven for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or green onions and serve hot.

This smothered chicken and rice recipe is a perfect blend of tender chicken, creamy rice, and melted cheese, all infused with aromatic seasonings. The dish is a comforting and satisfying meal that can be enjoyed any night of the week. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings or add your favorite vegetables to make this recipe your own.