Easy Chicken Thighs and Rice Casserole

Easy Chicken Thighs and Rice Casserole Recipe - super delicious Rice Casserole Recipe with Baked Chicken Thighs & garlic and bacon infused flavor.

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– 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 jasmine rice uncooked, rinsed – 4 cups homemade chicken broth Spices – 1 1/2 tablespoons Meat Seasoning – 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika – sea salt and pepper to taste

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400F and grease 9 by 13" casserole dish. Using a skillet, add 5 chopped bacon strips and saute until golden color about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Next remove bacon grease leaving about 1 tablespoon inside the skillet add 1 tablespoon butter (Or remove all of the bacon grease and add 2 tablespoon of butter!) and 1 chopped onion. Saute onion with bacon until onion is soft about 9 minutes, stirring few times. Now, add 3 finely chopped garlic cloves and saute for 1 minutes, stirring few times.

Step 3

Place 1 1/2 cup of rice and saute onion with bacon into a casserole dish.

Step 4

Using small dish, mix all spices together. Rub 1/2 of the spice mixture onto both sides of the chicken thighs and the rest of the spice mixture add it to the casserole to flavor the rice. Pour in 4 cups of homemade chicken broth. Stir the rice and broth try it, and add more salt if needed.

Step 5

Place chicken on top the rice, cover the casserole and bake for 45 minutes. After uncover, then bake for 15-20 more minutes, or until water evaporates.

Step 6

Sprinkle with freshly chopped greens like parsley and enjoy!

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