A late of chicken thighs, brown rice, broccoli and turmeric.
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One Pot Chicken Thigh, Broccoli, Brown Rice and Turmeric Dish

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I realize there’s a lot not to love in that title if you’re new to turmeric or brown rice leaves you flat, or you just hate cooking it. My advice is jump on in – I think you’re going to really love this.

When boneless, skinless chicken thighs go BOGO at the local market, I find myself a bit short on recipes, and I am not about making the same thing over and over again (except tacos – because tacos). This dish is a nice addition to the arsenal. The turmeric is good for you and adds a new flavor element to the humdrum.

Single folks and duos will have leftovers – which are delicious warm or cold and totally not boring. Dig in!

One Pot Chicken Thighs, Broccoli, Brown Rice and Turmeric Dish!

Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 2 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: boneless skinless, broccoli, brown rice, chicken thighs, easy, one pot, turmeric
Servings: 6
Author: Kenny MacKenzie

Ingredients

  • 1.5 – 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs trimmed and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice rinsed
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets chopped into bite size pieces
  • 3 1/2 cups water divided
  • 3/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper divided
  • minced fresh dill optional

Instructions

  • In a large skillet with a lid, heat olive oil on medium. 
  • Add chicken. Let cook undisturbed for 2 minutes, then turn to brown other sides – total of about 4 minutes.
  • Add onion and cook for 2 minutes, stirring.
  • Add garlic, turmeric, cumin, salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Push ingredients to the side and add rice. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir back together and pour in 3 cups of water. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 40-42 minutes. 
  • Remove lid. Rice will not be done. If there is no more water add the additional 1/2 cup. Quickly add broccoli to the top. Push in with wooden spoon and get the lid back on quickly.
  • Cook another 8 minutes and remove from heat. Make sure rice is done (not crunchy or too much chew). If not, cook until done.
  • Let sit covered for a few more minutes. Then fluff and serve. Stir in fresh dill if using (compliments the dish wonderfully!) Crack some more fresh pepper on there if desired – it helps your body absorb the benefits of the turmeric!

Notes

If you prefer your dishes more subtle – lessen the cumin, turmeric and black pepper by 1/4 teaspoon.
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