Oven Baked Chicken and Rice

5 servings


1 hour 20 minutes

total time


5 bone in chicken thigh fillets, peel skin OFF (,, Note 1)

1 onion (, chopped, brown, white or yellow)

2 cloves garlic (large) (, minced)

2 tbsp (30g) butter (or olive oil)

1 1/2 cups (270g) uncooked white rice (Note 3)

1 1/2 cups (375 ml) chicken broth/stock (, hot, I microwave)

1 1/4 cups (315 ml) water (, hot, tap is fine)

1 tsp paprika powder

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

3/4 tsp salt

Black pepper

Oil spray

Fresh thyme leaves or finely chopped parsley


Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.

Scatter onion and garlic in a baking dish (about 10 x 15" / 25 x 35 cm), then place butter in the centre. Bake for 15 minutes (check at 12 minutes, mix if some bits are browning too much).

Meanwhile, mix together Chicken Rub. Sprinkle on both sides of the chicken.

Remove baking dish from the oven. Add rice then mix.

Place chicken on rice. Then pour chicken broth and water around the chicken.

Cover with foil, then bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, spray chicken with oil (optional, gives chicken nicer finish), then bake for a further 20 minutes until liquid is absorbed.

Stand for 5 minutes, then remove chicken and fluff up rice. Garnish with parsley or thyme if desired, serve and enjoy!

Optional gravy

Dish is flavoured enough to serve without sauce, but if you want to take it over the top, make this quick Gravy in 4 minutes flat (pictured in video).


Serving Size

318 g


574 kcal

Total Fat

29 g

Saturated Fat

9 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



153 mg


766 mg

Total Carbohydrate

47 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Total Sugars

1 g


28 g

5 servings


1 hour 20 minutes

total time
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