A different chicken


Most chicken dishes rely on chicken breast, but this is one that uses chicken thighs, a much cheaper kind of chicken and just as nutritious. The original recipe calls for the boneless chicken thighs but it is just as easy to remove the bones from drumsticks yourself.

Cooking method

In a large mixing bowl season chicken with salt and black pepper. Add ranch dressing and cayenne pepper; marinate 5 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.

In a large sauté pan over high heat add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sear chicken skin-side down until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate skin-side up; set aside. Drain skillet, reserving 1 tablespoon fat, and discard balance. Turn heat down to medium and sauté garlic, onion, and celery for 2 minutes. Stir in stock, rice, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Place chicken in rice mixture, skin-side up. Simmer until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

Ingredients Serves 4
Chicken thighs 6–8 boneless
Freshly ground black pepper
Buttermilk ranch dressing 1 cup
Cayenne pepper 1/4 tspn
Extra-virgin olive oil
Garlic cloves, minced 3
Onion, chopped 1
Celery chopped 1 cup
Chicken stock 2 cups
Pilaf rice 1 cup
Parsley chopped  1/4 cup