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Spicy Basque Chicken with Saffron Rice Recipe

Smoked paprika, chilies, and green olives give this Spicy Basque Chicken recipe a bright color and well-rounded flavor. Pair with saffron rice for an easy 30-minute dinner!
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 520kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 4-6 threads saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts - about 2 large half breasts
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion - sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped green olives
  • 4 ounces prosciutto - roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes with chilies (juice included)

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice through a mesh strainer until the water runs clear. Place in a 3-quart or larger saucepan along with the saffron, salt, and vegetable broth. Set the heat to medium and let cook until the water has reduced beneath the level of the rice. Cover, turn the heat down to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit until ready to serve.
  • While the rice cooks, slice the two chicken breasts in half length-wise to produce four thin breast pieces. Season both sides of each piece with the smoked paprika and pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in a 12" or larger skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the sliced onion and saute for 3 minutes. Push the onion to one side of the pan and add the chicken pieces. Immediately turn the heat down to medium. Let the chicken cook for 2 minutes, then turn the chicken and add the garlic, olives, prosciutto, capers, and tomatoes.
  • Allow the contents to come to a boil, then turn the heat to low and cover the pan. Simmer for 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and turn the heat back up to medium-high. Cook the sauce for 3 minutes to thicken. Serve the chicken topped with sauce and a side of saffron rice.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Basque Chicken with Saffron Rice Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
520
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Cholesterol
 
166
mg
55
%
Sodium
 
1736
mg
75
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
65
g
130
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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