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One-Pot Spicy Rice with Chicken

Delicious, fragrant spicy rice cooked in one-pot with fragrant spices and chicken broth
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: General
Keyword: chicken, one-pot dish, spicy rice
Servings: 4


  • 800 gram chicken thighs and drumsticks 8 pieces
  • 120 grams Nandos coat and cook marinade, hot
  • 2 tbsp light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tspn minced garlic
  • 1 tspn chilli powder
  • 1 tspn paprika
  • 1 tspn ground cumin
  • 1/2 tson turmeric
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 roma tomtoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • salt
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1&1/2 cups Jasmine or Basmati Rice


  • Soak the Jasmine Rice for an hour. Marinate the chicken in the Nandos cook and coat marinade for half an hour. Place the tomatoes in boiling water, run it under some cold water after a few minutes. Remove skin and blend, set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large pan. Brown the chicken on both sides, about 5 minutes on each side. Do not discard the excess marinade. Remove from pan and set aside
  • In the same pan add the onion and sautĂ© until translucent. Add the thyme and garlic and fry for a minute
  • Add the spices, cumin, chilli powder, turmeric and paprika. Fry for a minute
  • Add the tomatoes and the excess marinade and allow it to cook for 5 minutes
  • Add the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes
  • Add the rice, together with the chicken broth. Season with salt. Allow it to cook until the rice is tender. Only use the additional cup of water if required. You can add more as the liquid starts to dry up
  • Add the spinach in the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Once cooked squeeze some lemon juice over and serve
    Quick and Easy One-Pot Spicy Rice and Chicken


  1. You can use Basmati or any long grain rice for this dish
  2. Depending on the altitude you could use more or less liquid in your dish so I suggest you use your discretion and add more liquid if you feel it is required. If you add all the liquid at once you could end up with a mushy dish
  3. I used thighs and drumsticks. You can use just thighs 
  4. If you cannot find the coat and cook marinade in the stores you can try any portuguese chicken marinade, it will work just as well
  5. Do not add too much salt as the chicken broth already has salt so you may only need a little more