Braised Chicken Thighs With Red Rice As Made By Hugh Acheson

Braised Chicken Thighs With Red Rice As Made By Hugh Acheson


My father who has Alzheimer’s was born in Havana, Cuba and this recipe is something that he and I would make. I partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to tell my story about gathering around the table and sustaining family history through food. I firmly believe in getting people to cook, no matter what. When we cook and share food together, we build indelible memories of conversations and stories. Through some love and heart, this easy recipe blends the thriftiness of chicken thighs, simple vegetables, and rice into something nourishing… and really tasty.

Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
4 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
Season the chicken thighs on both sides with the salt and pepper.
2. Step
Heat the oil in a wide, heavy-bottomed pot with a lid over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs, skin-side down and let cook without disturbing for 10 minutes. This will allow the skin to caramelize and develop a ton of flavor in the process. Turn the thighs over, cook for 1 minute more, then transfer to a plate.
3. Step
Add the onion, tomatoes, poblano, garlic, and paprika to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.
4. Step
Carefully add the vinegar and stir to loosen any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Cook until the vinegar is reduced by half, 2-4 minutes, then pour in the stock.
5. Step
Return the chicken to the pan, skin-side up. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes, then remove lid and continue cooking until the internal temperature of the chicken thighs reaches 165˚F (75˚C).
6. Step
Meanwhile, make the red rice: In a large pan, cook the slab bacon over medium heat until the fat renders and it begins to crisp, 5-8 minutes.
7. Step
Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and jalapeño and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
8. Step
Add the rice and stir until toasted, about 2 minutes.
9. Step
Stir in the tomatoes, ½ cup (100 G) of the reserved tomato juice, bay leaves, and season with salt. 9. Add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
10. Step
Serve the chicken over the rice with some of the braising jus and vegetables ladled over.
11. Step


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