Easy Chicken Thighs and Rice Casserole Recipe - super delicious Rice Casserole Recipe with Baked Chicken Thighs & garlic and bacon infused flavor.
– 5 strips bacon chopped into tiny pieces – 2 tablespoons butter or oil, plus more for brushing chicken – 1 medium onion chopped – 3 cloves garlic finely chopped – 5 chicken thighs skinless & boneless – 1 1/2 cups long grain rice uncooked, rinsed – 4 cups homemade chicken broth Spices – 1 1/2 tablespoons Meat Seasoning or use your favorite poultry seasoning – 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika – sea salt and pepper to taste
1 hr 20 mins
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the chopped bacon to sauté for about 5 minutes until golden in color. No need to make them super crispy, otherwise they’ll burn as they continue baking.
Drain the bacon grease, leaving about 1 Tablespoon inside the skillet. Add a Tablespoon of butter to the grease. You can also drain all the bacon grease and just use butter if you prefer. Add the chopped onion and sauté the onion with the bacon until it is soft, stirring a few times.
Place the chicken on top of the rice and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 45 minutes covered, then uncover for another 15-20 minutes until the liquid evaporates.