- Lemon Chicken With Rice and Scallions
Yield: Four servings.
3 teaspoons olive oil
1 chicken, about 3 pounds, cut into serving pieces and skinned
2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 small cloves garlic, peeled and minced
8 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
3 1/2 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
2 cups short-grain rice
1/2 cup white wine
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in an ovenproof paella pan or large,
deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until
browned, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste. Lower the
heat to medium. Add the remaining olive oil, the garlic and the
scallions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring the broth to the boil in a
medium-size saucepan. Add the rice to the garlic and scallions and 30 seconds. Add the broth, wine and 1 1/2 teaspoons of
salt. Turn the heat to low and simmer slowly, stirring frequently,
until most, but not all, of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Push the lemon slices down into the rice and lay the chicken over
it. Bake, uncovered, until the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and cover with a kitchen towel. Let
stand for 10 minutes. Season the rice with additional salt if needed
and pepper to taste. Top with the mint and parsley. Divide among 4
plates and serve immediately.