Grandma’s chicken and rice is one of my favorite baked meals I enjoyed as a kid. This meal screams Southern comfort. With every bite, there is a flavor explosion on your tastebuds! This cozy chicken meal is cooked in one pot, so the cleanup is minimum. The chicken is perfectly seasoned and then tossed into a skillet of sizzling butter. The adobo-seasoned rice makes grandma’s chicken and rice the perfect Mother’s Day meal or any meal.

Grandma's chicken and rice bake

Why you will enjoy Grandma’s Chicken and Rice

  • One Pot Meal- this recipe is pretty simple and delicious. Everything is made in one pot and then placed in the oven.
  • Kid-Friendly-This recipe is kid friendly and can be enjoyed without the rice or only the chicken. It’s completely up to your kid.
  • Meal Prep-If you are looking to shed those few extra pounds and looking for a baked chicken recipe, then this is the recipe for you. It’s convenient and can be tossed into a meal prep container easily.
  • Quick and Easy- This recipe is easy; the biggest task is browning the chicken drumsticks. After that, this one-pot meal goes into the oven until done.

Grandma’s Chicken and Rice Ingredients

  • Chicken Drumsticks are an exciting way to make your baked chicken drumsticks meal special! Drumsticks are extremely inexpensive as well. Not to mention kids and adults love them!
  • Chicken Broth- This has been my mother and grandmother’s go-to in the kitchen for centuries, as it is one of the most versatile and flavorful ingredients to use in cooking.

Remaining Ingredients

  • White Rice- Cooking with white rice is a great way to ensure tasty mealtime options without overwhelming yourself in the kitchen. Why? Using white rice as the base for your dish is an easy and accessible ingredient that can be used in many versatile ways. White rice is always perfect, regardless of the ingredients or flavors you aim to bring into your dish.
  • Olive Oil-I used olive oil to help with the coverage of the seasonings. You can use any other cooking oil if you don’t have olive oil.
  • Butter- Using butter is an easy and delicious way to flavor meals. Whether baking a]unmistakable richness that enhances the flavor.

Ingredients Continued

  • Adobo Seasoning- Adding adobo seasoning is the perfect solution to hype up those boring seasonings! Not only does adobo seasoning add an excellent kick to any dish, but it also adds depth and complexity to your meals, unlike any other spice.
  • Paprika-A fantastic flavor enhancer that can elevate any dish it’s added to. The unique, smoky flavor of paprika adds the perfect touch to salads, soups, and just about anything else. Another good reason for using this paprika in my Grandma’s chicken and rice recipe is it’s loaded with antioxidants like vitamin E.
  • Salt- I only use about a teaspoon of salt in this one-pan-baked chicken meal, but you can use as much or as little as you would like.
  • Garlic Powder- You can’t ever go wrong with that garlicky taste being added to your baked chicken drumsticks.
  • Red and Green Bell Peppers- You want to use the peppers in this dish. The bell peppers bring a ton of flavor to this baked chicken dish. They have a slightly sweet taste, and when paired, they complement one another well.
  • Onion- When I used onions in this recipe, I browned them so they would soften a little to give this meal that semi-charred onion taste but not burnt.

How To Bake Chicken in the Oven?

I always have chicken drumsticks in my deep freezer, so when it comes to making my Grandma’s chicken and rice baked meal. I am all for it. This baked chicken recipe has about 3 to 4 simple steps that I know you will enjoy!  Baking chicken in the oven is an exciting way to kick-start any meal. You can create a comforting and flavorful dish with just a few simple steps.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
Add all of your seasonings to a bowl and mix together well.
Next, add olive oil to the chicken along with mixed-up seasonings.
Heat your butter in a pan on medium-high until melted.

Add your seasoned chicken to the pan and allow to sear on both sides of the chicken for 5 minutes. 
Remove the chicken from the pan and set to the side
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Add in your chopped onions and bell peppers(sauté until slightly browned)

Add in your white rice.
Stir the rice for 3 to 4 minutes, then stir in your chicken broth
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Chicken drumsticks in chicken broth
Add your chicken back in over the top of the liquid 
Place in the oven uncovered for 35 minutes or until the liquid fully dissolves on the chicken and rice. 
Grandma’s Chicken and Rice
Grandma’s Chicken and Rice

Variations/Substitutions

  • Spice things up You can add different spices and herbs to take this meal to the next level. You can even add a few drops of Louisiana hot sauce.
  • Chicken Breast- The great part about my Grandma’s chicken and rice recipe is that you don’t have to use chicken drumsticks. You can use chicken breast or even chicken tenders.

Equipment

You will need a large pan. I used a 6-quart pan.

Storage

You can store this recipe in an airtight container or Ziplock bag.

Tips to be successful

When you want to master baking my Grandma’s chicken and rice chicken, a few tried and true tips can make all the difference.

  • Start by marinating your chicken in the spices. You can give this chicken and rice meal more flavor if you allow the chicken to marinate overnight.
  • Finally, your golden rule for successfully cooked chicken. I always use a food thermometer. This can help you avoid undercooking or overcooking your dish! With these tips, you’ll enjoy your perfectly cooked chicken meals in no time!
Grandma's chicken and rice bake

Quick FAQs

Can Grandma’s Chicken and Rice Be Made Ahead

Yes, this one-pot chicken and rice meal is the perfect make-ahead dish. It’s perfect for meal prep.

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Grandma’s Chicken and Rice

4 from 1 vote
Grandma’s chicken and rice is one of my favorite baked meals I enjoyed as a kid. This meal screams Southern comfort. You will fall in love!
Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Servings: 4 People
Calories 524
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Equipment

  • Large Skillet

Ingredients  

  • 4 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1 1/2 Cup White rice uncooked
  • 32 Oz Chicken Broth
  • 4 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt to your liking
  • 1 Tablespoon Adobo Seasoning or Poultry Seasoning ( to your liking)
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • Red Bell Pepper Chopped
  • Green Bell Pepper Chopped
  • Onion Chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • To a bowl add in all of your seasonings and mix together well.
    1 Teaspoon Salt, 1 Tablespoon Adobo Seasoning, 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder, 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • Next, add olive oil to the chicken along with seasonings. Mix Well.
    1 Tablespoon Olive oil, 4 Chicken Drumsticks
  • Next, heat your butter in a pan on medium-high until melted.
    4 Tablespoon Butter
  • Add your seasoned chicken to the pan and allow to sear on both sides of the chicken for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and sit to the side
  • Add in your chopped onions and bell peppers(sauté until slightly browned)
    Red Bell Pepper, Onion, Green Bell Pepper
  • Next, Add in your white rice.
    1 1/2 Cup White rice
  • Next, stir the rice for 3 to 4 minutes and stir in your chicken broth.
    32 Oz Chicken Broth
  • Add your chicken back into the pot of rice
  • Place in the oven uncovered for 35 minutes or until the liquid has fully dissolved in the the chicken and rice
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Grandma’s Chicken and Rice, Grandma’s Chicken and Rice baked

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2 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Very flavorful. I liked that combination of seasonings. Loved that it was a one pot meal, makes cleanup a breeze. Quick and easy to prepare. Thank you.