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Playing Lemon-Garlic Spanish Chicken Thighs and Rice Pilaf


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup broken pieces thin spaghetti
  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 pound cured chorizo (about 5 links), casing removed and sliced on an angle 1-inch thick 8 chicken thighs
  • 4 small onions, quartered lengthwise with the roots intact
  • 2 small regular or meyer lemons, sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick
  • 3/4 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives, a couple of generous handfuls
  • 6 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika or paprika, 2/3 palmful
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


Serves: 4


In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the pasta and toast for 3 minutes. Stir in the rice to coat. Add 2 cups of chicken stock and bring to a boil, then cover the pot, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes; fluff with a fork. (If the rice sticks near the end of the cooking time, add a splash more stock.) Season with salt and pepper.

In a large, deep skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and cook, turning, until browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Season the chicken with a lot of pepper and a little salt and add to the drippings in the skillet. Cook over medium heat, turning once, until browned, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO to the skillet, 1 turn of the pan. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the lemons, olives, garlic, bay leaves and paprika; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook, scraping up the browned bits from the pan. Stir in the remaining 1 cup chicken stock.

Return the chicken and chorizo to the skillet, cover the pan, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer all the solid ingredients to a platter. Reduce the sauce for a minute over high heat, then stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the parsley. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Discard the bay leaves. Serve alongside or on top of the pilaf.