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One Pot Basil Rice and Chicken Recipe

This recipe is an excellent choice for dinner. Pair it with vegetables and enjoy a wholesome meal that is aromatic and flavorful.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 people


  • Skillet pan
  • Garlic mincer
  • Frying Spoon


  • Chicken Marinade ingredients
  • 2 pounds chicken (cut into big pieces)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Basil Rice and Chicken Ingredients
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 small green chili pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Mix olive oil, minced garlic, black pepper, dried thyme,lemon juice and salt to prepare chicken marinade
  • Remove chicken skins (optional) and transfer the chicken pieces into a mixing bowl. Pour the marinade on the chicken and spread well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Add oil into a cooking pan and brown the chicken on both sides in low heat. Take your time so that the chicken can be at least halfway cooked. You can also use an oven for this step.
  • Remove the chicken from the cooking pan and add onion. Stir until the onions begin to turn translucent and add garlic.
  • Continue stirring for about a minute before adding half of the basil leaves. Stir until the basil is well cooked. Add tomato paste and paprika and continue stirring for 3 minutes or more.
  • Add four cups of chicken broth and stir well. Let boil and add two cups pre-rinsed basmati rice. Spread it well in the pan and season with salt and chili pepper.
  • Add the remaining basil and place the chicken pieces gently. Cover and let cook on low heat for about 20 minutes
  • Once ready serve with vegetables or an accompaniment of your choice


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