Chicken Sofrito Recipe

Chicken Sofrito Recipe

How To Make Chicken Sofrito

Amp up your usual recipe in this Spanish chicken sofrito dish made with chicken legs, white rice, and stock for an umami-packed bite.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • 1tbspvegetable oil
  • 4chicken legs,whole
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper,to taste
  • ½tspchili powder,plus more for dusting
  • 1mediumonion
  • 3clovesgarlic
  • 1jalapeno
  • 2largethyme sprigs
  • 1red bell pepper
  • ¼tspanise seeds,rounded
  • 1pinchcayenne pepper
  • 1cupcanned chopped tomatoes
  • 3cupschicken stock,or low-sodium broth
  • 1cupshort-grain white rice
  • 2tbsplemon juice,freshly squeezed
  • ½cupalmonds,roasted


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat vegetable oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper and dust lightly with chili powder. Add chicken to skillet and cook for about 4 minutes per side over moderate heat until well browned. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Add onion, garlic, jalapeño, and thyme sprigs to skillet and cook for about 8 minutes over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened.

  4. Add bell pepper, anise seeds, cayenne, and chili powder and cook for about 1 minute, stirring, until fragrant.

  5. Add tomatoes, raise heat to high, and cook until bubbling. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Stir in rice and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a simmer. Arrange chicken pieces on rice, skin side up.

  6. Bake in the upper third of the oven for about 25 minutes, until chicken is just cooked through and rice is tender and has absorbed stock.

  7. Preheat broiler. Broil sofrito 6-inches from heat for about 2 minutes, until chicken skin is crisp. Transfer chicken to a plate. Discard thyme sprigs, stir lemon juice into rice, and scatter almonds on top.

  8. Spoon rice onto plates, add chicken, and serve.


  • Calories: 1155.74kcal
  • Fat: 70.22g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.68g
  • Trans Fat: 0.24g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 32.14g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 14.96g
  • Carbohydrates: 59.54g
  • Fiber: 5.61g
  • Sugar: 7.97g
  • Protein: 69.53g
  • Cholesterol: 325.32mg
  • Sodium: 1696.27mg
  • Calcium: 142.42mg
  • Potassium: 1353.77mg
  • Iron: 5.06mg
  • Vitamin A: 169.67µg
  • Vitamin C: 59.69mg
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