Hands-on Time
40 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup rice and 1 chicken thigh)

Pay close attention to the rice as it cooks over medium-low heat--when you hear it begin to crackle, turn the heat down to low. Continue to cook until the bottom side of the rice develops a golden crust. Serve with 1 pound fresh green beans sautéed in 1 tablespoon butter. Toss with 3 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds and fresh parsley. Although the ­buttery rice cuts through the heat of the chicken, use less chile paste if you are not a fan of spicy foods.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 5 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan. Add rice; boil 10 minutes. Drain. Rinse rice; drain.

Step 2

Heat a medium, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon cumin, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and turmeric; cook 1 minute. Combine rice, onion mixture, and yogurt in a bowl.

Step 3

Return pan to medium-high heat. Add butter and 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl until butter melts. Add rice mixture to pan, lightly packing rice down. Reduce heat to medium-low. Wrap a clean, dry dish towel around the lid, tying it at the handle; place prepared lid on pan. Cook rice, covered, over medium-low heat 10 minutes (do not stir or uncover). Reduce temperature to low; cook an additional 20 minutes or until rice is tender on top and a golden crust forms on bottom.

Step 4

Loosen the rice crust with a rubber spatula around the edges. Place a plate over the top of pan, and invert the rice onto plate, browned side up.

Step 5

While rice cooks, preheat broiler to high.

Step 6

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin, sambal oelek, garlic, and coriander in a small bowl, stirring well. Scrape spice paste into a zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken to bag; seal. Toss to coat. Let stand 20 minutes. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Step 7

Place chicken, skin-side up, on a foil-lined broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 8 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over; broil an additional 4 minutes or until done. Serve with rice.

Ratings & Reviews

jodioschmidt's Review

June 15, 2014
this recipe has a lot of steps but is so worth it. It is just bursting with flavor. The crispy rice is delicious. We've made this several times now and love it each and every time

CareyBeth's Review

February 05, 2013
We LOVED this recipe. I doubled the rub/spice mixture because we like HOT, but otherwise followed the recipe as is. The rice was labor intensive, but worth it in the end. Great recipe.

CJcookbook's Review

January 31, 2013
Absolutely fabulous, and the flavors woke up some wonderful senses. And my home smelled so good afterwards! The rice had tastes that was outstanding! I used chicken legs as they were on sale. I will make it again and again......

CAgirlinIA's Review

December 05, 2012
Very, very good! I used Jasmine rice but otherwise, I made the rice exactly as stated. However, husband likes dark meat, I like white so I used a boneless, skinless thigh for him and a boneless, skinless breast for me with no problem whatsoever. I did pound them so they were equal thickness. I served this sumptuous meal with a salad of cubed avocado, cubed orange and ruby red pomegranate seeds. Unfortunately I halved the recipe so there are no leftovers!! But I WILL make again.....soon!

TheMomChef's Review

November 21, 2012
The chicken stole the show for us. It had so much flavor from that amazing marinade. The rice was very good too; it's just important to make sure the bottom gets nice and crispy. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/QalPKl

LuvinEden's Review

November 02, 2012
Simple ingredients but lots of flavor. The rice was a huge hit with my husband who doesn't like rice (thinks it's bland and boring). I substituted sour cream for greek yogurt and grilled the chicken thighs. Definitely will make again.

Ellism's Review

October 21, 2012
Yummy. Used brown rice. Very crunchy. But good.