Spiced Chicken & Rice

My husband is often traveling for business and upon his return home, I like to greet him with a nice home cooked meal. Of course this is really dependent on how well my son behaved that day. For if it was one of those hectic counting down to bedtime sort of days, I would sooner order him his fav takeout than enter the kitchen! However; if I have the energy to chop, dice and cook, then I’ll prepare a dish that will allow him to savor the comfort of being back home.

He recently returned from a trip out of town, and it turns out it was was of those exhausting days; but knowing that he had lived off of nature bars, bananas and sandwiches had me feeling guilty enough to get into the kitchen and whip him up something wholesome and delicious. This recipe scored me points as a good wifey with it’s savory flavor and was quick and easy to put together.

1 onion, diced
Package of boneless & skinless chicken legs
1 cup of brown rice
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon olive oil for sauteing onions
1/3 cup olive oil for marinade
Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Paprika, Salt & Cumin.

Saute onions with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot. While the onions cook, combine the spices in a large bowl, then add the olive oil and mix well. Coat each chicken leg in the marinade. (I cut the chicken legs into smaller pieces however you can also cook them whole) Once onions are golden, add chicken legs to pot and cook each side about 5 minutes, until no longer pink. Then add the water and rice to pot, and allow to cook on low flame until rice has absorbed the water. (if you like it rich with flavor, you can add more of the spices to the rice and water mixture) Serve with Cracker Salad.

~ Recipe submitted by Nina Safar

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