One Pan Mexican Rice with Chicken Thighs

Have I talked about how much I love chicken thighs? They are so juicy, so flavorful and so cheap! They seem to be the most underused part of the chicken in terms of you basic meats but let me tell you, they are better then legs or even breasts in some cases.

Most of all in this recipe because there is no drying out with the rice and the veggies. Not to mention just how great it looks! No matter who you are cooking this for, they are going to be impressed with the color and the flavor. Sometimes I even make a triple batch of the seasoning just so that I have some on hand for the rest of the week.


  • 5 chicken thighs bone in and skin on
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1  teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1  cups  white rice uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 red bell pepper minced
  • Parsley minced for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat the cast iron skillet on high heat.
  3. Season your chicken to taste with garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, kosher salt & cayenne pepper.
  4. Add the chicken, skin side down & cook until browned, 4-5 minutes.
  5. Flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
  6. Push the chicken to the side (or onto a plate).
  7. Add the olive oil to your cast iron skillet & heat on medium-high.
  8. Add in the onions & start to cook for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Once the onions are mostly melted add in the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds while stirring.
  10. Add in the uncooked rice, salsa & red bell pepper & cook for a minute until boiling.
  11. Pour in the chicken stock & put the chicken back in skin side up.
  12. Bake covered with foil for 35-40 minutes.
  13. Garnish with Cilantro or Parsley if you like

Enjoy! Remember that cooking is really 99% confidence and color. Once you know what you are doing, cooking is easy and can really boost you up mentally and Physically. Eat real food, norish yourself, find joy in it. Food is never the enemy.

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