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Spanish Chicken with Spicy Lemon Rice

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 4 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon garlic powder

Salt and freshly ground pepper

6 chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)

1/4 cup canola oil

One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes

2 green bell peppers, diced into 2-inch pieces

1 onion, sliced into thick pieces

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup rice

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Zest and juice from 1 lemon

1/2 cup pitted green olives (with pimientos)

Special equipment: slow cooker


  1. In a large zip-top bag, mix together the flour, paprika, garlic powder and some salt and pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat completely.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the canola oil. Add the chicken and brown on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. While the chicken is cooking, to a slow cooker add the tomatoes, peppers and onions. Top with the chicken thighs.
  3. In same skillet used to brown the chicken, add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer, stirring to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Pour over top of the chicken in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours, or until the chicken is extremely tender.
  4. In a medium pot, combine 2 cups water, the rice, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, juice of half the lemon and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, until the rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid.
  5. To serve, spoon the rice onto a deep-sided platter and ladle the Spanish chicken and vegetables over top. Garnish with the olives and squeeze over the remaining lemon juice. Reserve 2 chicken thighs and 1 cup of the vegetables for Round 2 Recipe - Pita Pile on with Spicy Yogurt Sauce.