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Spicy chicken, rice and peas bake recipe

Spicy chicken, rice and peas bake recipe

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Let the oven do the work with this spicy chicken, rice and peas bake recipe. Tender chicken legs roast alongside fluffy coconut spiced rice and black beans for a colourful one-pot recipe. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 1 hr to cook
  • 784 calories / serving
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 4 chicken legs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10g thyme, ½ leaves picked, ½ whole sprigs
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 300g long grain rice
  • 1 chicken stock cube, made up with 100ml boiling water
  • 400g tin coconut milk
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 x 400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 red chillies, 1 diced, 1 sliced
  • ½ bunch spring onions, finely sliced
White rice can always be swapped for brown (check cooking instructions for timings)

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    36g 52%
  • Saturates

    16g 79%
  • Sugars

    6g 6%
  • Salt

    1.9g 32%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 78.5g Protein 40.6g Fibre 7.2g


  1. Heat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Put the chicken legs in a single layer in a shallow casserole dish, and drizzle over the oil. Season, then sprinkle over the paprika and add the whole thyme sprigs to the dish. Mix everything together to coat. Roast for 30 mins.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, rinse the rice well and leave to soak in cold water. After 30 mins in the oven, remove the chicken legs from the pan. Set aside and discard the thyme sprigs. Drain the rice and add to the casserole dish. Pour in the chicken stock and coconut milk and stir in the diced chilli, garlic, beans and most of the spring onions and thyme leaves. Stir everything to combine, then nestle the chicken legs back into the dish with any juices from the plate.
  3. Cover with a lid or foil and bake for 25-30 mins until the stock has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Top with the sliced chilli and remaining spring onion and thyme.

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