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30 Minute Spanish-inspired Chicken (Thighs) and Rice

I am so excited about this month's Fantastical Food Fight because it is all about 30-minute meals. I am so excited to see what my fellow bloggers come up with for you. Here we are making Spanish-inspired Chicken (Thighs) and Rice.  I was inspired by a recipe I saw on Le Creme de la Crumb but of course, I had to make it my own.

It starts with a Spanish spice mix.  I haven't seen one premade that suits my flavor pallet, so I make it fresh. You will use this whole recipe below in your dish, so make more if you like it!

2 t smoked paprika
1 t rosemary
1 t garlic powder
1 t salt
1 bay leaf
1 t ground cumin
1 t chili powder (use a good one!)
1 t coriander

Whisk the spices together in a bowl.  Set aside.

Next, you make the dish using this recipe below:

Yield: 4

30 Minute Spanish-inspired Chicken (Thighs) and Rice

Delicious! Easy! 30 minutes! One pan!
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 30 M


  • 6 chicken thighs (deboned and skinned)
  • 3 T oil
  • 1 c uncooked white rice 
  • 2 1/4 c chicken broth
  • 1 lemon
  • chopped cilantro for garnish
  • 7 t Spanish seasoning


How to cook 30 Minute Spanish-inspired Chicken (Thighs) and Rice

  1. Slice the lemon in half, slice one half in thin slices. Reserve the other half.
  2. In a bowl, drizzle 3 T of oil over the chicken, coating well.
  3. Using half of the spices, rub on both sides of the thighs.
  4. In a large skillet, add the remaining oil and heat to medium heat.
  5. Cook chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side until crispy brown.
  6. Transfer chicken to a plate, and reserve.
  7. To the skillet add the rice, broth, the juice of the reserved lemon half, the rest of the spice mix and stir.
  8. Return chicken to the skillet. Cover and cook for 20 minutes until liquid is absorbed, rice is cooked and chicken is no longer pink.
  9. To serve:  Fill a bowl with 1/4 of the rice mixture.  Add chicken pieces on top. 
  10. Garnish with the lemon and cilantro.
  11. Remember to remove bay leaf!


Toast the spices before using to bring out the full flavor of the spices.
Toast the rice before adding liquid, until rice is golden brown.
Add a can of crushed tomatoes and reduce broth to 1 1/4 cups.
Add 1 c chopped onion. Cook the onion in the oil before adding rice.
Can use chicken breasts, but the dish is overall drier.
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My family is vacationing in Spain in two weeks.  We are prepping ourselves by cooking Spanish food for the days preceding the trip. When we made this, we really enjoyed it.  I cannot wait to share with you all the dishes we made at home to get ready for our trip!

Beautiful chicken thighs cooking with spices and oil.

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  1. This sounds delicious. I especially like the idea of adding tomatoes to the rice. Have fun in Spain!!

  2. This is incredible. You are making me hungry and inspired to try new dishes and not to be afraid of adding things.

  3. What a tasty meal. I'm sure my entire family would love this. And I hope you have a wonderful time in Spain!

  4. not only does this sound SUPER yummy but my whole family would enjoy this too- have a great time in Spain friend!

  5. Have a wonderful time on your trip! What a great way to get ready.

  6. This sounds really good. I love how quick and easy it is to make, too.

  7. I just ran out of cumin. I definitely need to get some more asap so I can make this.

  8. It looks really good! I didn't know to toast spices to help bring out the flavor.

  9. OMG, this looks so delicious. I adore chicken thighs and prefer them to breasts. They really are more juicy.

  10. Kita Roberts1:28 AM

    This Spanish-inspired Chicken (Thighs) and Rice is definitely making me sooo hungry that I wish I could have this right at this moment! Looks really delicious!

  11. This is such a wonderful recipe you tried. Rice and chicken are perfect partners. It looks absolutely flavorful!

  12. I'm not a big fan of chicken thighs (even though I know I'm probably the only one), but this looks delicious. (Rena)

  13. We love chicken and we love rice. Need I say more? :) Just saved your recipe. It's going to be on the menu next week. Yum!


  14. This sure does look good. I'm always looking for new recipes with chicken. Chicken is probably one of my favorites.

  15. THis spanish inspired chicken lokos delicious. I'm not a huge fan of some rice, I'm very picky about it but yours looks absolutely delicious. I'lll be trying this recipe some day soon!

  16. Anonymous12:33 PM

    I love 30 minute meals. This dish sounds absolutely perfect to me. I bet my whole family would enjoy this.

  17. That looks delicious! I love Spanish rice! I am sure my family will enjoy this recipe.

  18. This looks so delicious! I love that it's a 30 minute meal. I will have to try this soon.

  19. I make Spanish rice and pork chops a lot because it's so quick. But I have to say, my favorite part is if some of it survives to make a scramble the next day for breakfast :)


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