Italian Chicken and Rice Bake




About: Jack-of-all trades, master of some. I would probably be much more modest if it wasn't for these delusions of granduer that I suffer from.

You Just got home from a long day at work.

You need to get dinner started.

You can rattle off a laundry list of foods you don't want but you still are not sure what you want ...

How about Succulent oven baked chicken thighs marinated in Italian dressing. Served over a bed of pillowy flavor infused rice, tender carrot slices, and al dente peas.

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you how it is done.

Step 1: Ingredients

This recipe will serve 5 -10 people depending on portion size and how much leftovers you want for tomorrow's lunches

1 bag frozen peas (leave these in the freezer for now, we will come back to them later)

6 or 7 good sized carrots (about a pound)

16 oz bottle of Italian dressing

Family pack of chicken thighs (this was 10 thighs .. just shy of 5 lbs)

3 cups of white rice

Spices ( I used salt, pepper, and paprika to season the chicken)

Step 2: Optional Tools

These are kitchen gadget you don't need to make this dish, but they make it easier if you have them.

Mandolin slicer - To make uniform carrot slices quickly. One of my favorite kitchen gadgets, I look for excuses to use this slicer.

Speed marinader - By using vacuum pressure you can marinade meat in twenty minutes instead of several hours.

In twenty minutes the chicken has absorbed about 1/2 cup of the marinade.

Step 3: Food Prep

Now that you have the meat marinading, It is time to prep the rest of the food.

I know this is a long list but we can get through it with teamwork. Ready?

Peel and cut your carrots at a mild angle to get nice oval slices.

Combine the carrots and rice in the baking dish.

PHEW! OK gang .. great work .. everyone take 5.

Step 4: Baking

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Place the marinaded chicken on top of the rice and carrots.

Add about 1 cup of the Italian dressing to the rice, then add 5 cups of water to make up the 6 cups of liquid that the 3 cups of rice will absorb while cooking.

Season the chicken to taste. This time i used salt, pepper, and paprika.

Some of the chicken sat above the edge of the baking dish, so I used a few toothpicks to keep the aluminum foil up off of the meat when I covered the dish.

Cover and bake for 70 minutes.

I uncovered the dish and baked it for another 10 minutes to brown the chicken slightly.

Step 5: Getting Ready to Plate

Once you have the dish done to your liking, take the chicken out of the baking dish and set it to the side.

Go to the freezer and get that bag of peas you though that I forgot.

Sprinkle the peas over the rice and carrots and fold them in. The heat from the rice and carrots will thaw and cook the peas while letting them retain their firmness.

At this point you can put the chicken back into the baking dish and bring it to the table, or you can plate out individual servings.




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    9 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I am going to make this tomorrow night and can't wait! Would you please clarify: is the rice regular or instant? Also, may i use frozen diced carrots instead of fresh?

    6 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    I hope you enjoy this as much as my family and I did. The rice was regular white rice. You can use frozen carrots instead of fresh. Just remember, don't add the peas until the end or they will get too mushy.


    Reply 2 years ago

    It went over like a dream! My entire family just loved this dish! I'm so glad to have found a new recipe that my family loves - I will officially add this to those few things that I make that EVERYONE enjoys! Thanks again for the recipe!


    Reply 2 years ago

    That is so great! I am so happy everyone loved it. If your family likes Sausage pepper and onions, I have a great recipe here that my kids love. The potatoes make such a tasty side dish to the grinders.


    Reply 2 years ago

    My half Italian husband has given this sausage dish try a go-ahead. I'll let you know how this delicious looking one goes over, too. Thanks so very much for the ideas!


    Reply 2 years ago

    Wonderful - thank you for the quick response. I'll let you know how it goes!


    Reply 2 years ago

    it is really delicious. The chicken stayed nice and moist and was so tender you could cut it with a fork.