Lemon-Garlic Spanish Chicken Thighs and Rice Pilaf
Chicken and chorizo simmered in a wine and broth sauce flavored with onions, lemons, olives, garlic, bay leaves and paprika tastes wonderful over rice pilaf
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup broken pieces thin spaghetti
- 1 cup rice
- 3 cups chicken stock
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1/3 pound cured chorizo (about 5 links), casings 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
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 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, 2-4 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.