Chicken seared with Fajita flavours then baked with seasoned rice. This is a flavour explosion in one pot! This recipe makes more rice than for the prescribed number of servings because it is difficult to make less using this method of cooking. So you will probably have leftovers. The rice keeps very well in the fridge for up to 3 days (as does the chicken).
1. I use cayenne pepper instead of chili in most of my recipes that call for heat. This is because "chili powder" differs from country to country, and even brand to brand. Chili powder in American has more in it than just ground dried chills, including onion powder and other seasonings. However, cayenne pepper is typically the same globally (I believe). So to ensure consistency of results, I use cayenne pepper.
2. I like making this with bone-in skin-on chicken because I think that the meat is juicier and I love the crispy skin. This also works really well with drumsticks. To make it healthier you can use skinless chicken thigh fillets. It is still really delicious, you just don't get the crispy skin. My personal view is that chicken breast is not suited to this recipe. Because the cooking time is dependent on the rice, it is difficult to cook chicken breast perfectly so it doesn't end up dry and there is no sauce to compensate if the breast is overcooked.
3. If using chicken thigh fillets, add the chicken into the skillet after it has been in the oven for 10 minutes. Otherwise the chicken will probably be overcooked (because the cooking time is for bone-in chicken fillets which take about 10 minutes longer to cook).
4. You can substitute the long grain rice with basmati or jasmine rice. The next best substitute is medium grain rice. Short grain rice, risotto rice and paella rice are not suited to this recipe (the rice will end up mushy).
5. Tomato passata / puree is like a thick tomato juice. It is plain pureed tomatoes. Not to be confused with tomato paste or tomato ketchup! You can make your own by pureeing any plain canned tomatoes in a blender (which is what I did). Otherwise, mix 1/3 cup of tomato paste with 2/3 cup water and add 1 tsp of sugar, and use as per recipe directions.
6. Nutrition per serving.