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Playing Italian-Style Chicken and Rice


  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 pound pancetta, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 1/4 pound cremini mushrooms, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped for garnish
  • 1 block Parmigiano Reggiano, for shaving


Serves: 4 servings



In a large skillet with a lid or Dutch oven, heat 1/4 cup EVOO. Add the chicken thighs to the hot pan and brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove them to a plate and reserve.


Add the pancetta and cook until crispy, about 2 minutes, then add the orzo and cook until brown and toasted. Add the mushrooms, carrot, onion and garlic, and cook about 5 minutes to soften. Add the rosemary and tomato paste, cook 1 minute, then add the white wine to deglaze the pan, scraping up all the little brown bits off the bottom of the pan.


Stir in the chicken stock and rice. Add the chicken back into the pot, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer about 15-18 minutes, until rice is just tender. Top with parsley and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.