8 Ways to Cook Chicken and Rice

One-dish meals of chicken and rice simmered with aromatics, spices, and vegetables pop up all over the world, in many different cuisines. Here are eight versions Chowhounds love:

1. Lidia Bastianich's riso alla pitocca (traditional chicken and rice) is a specialty of Italy's Lombardy region made with short-grain Arborio rice. –chowser

2. Crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon, and an assortment of toasted nuts give Nigella Lawson's "lovely and very easy" saffron-scented chicken pilaf a Middle Eastern flavor. –helen_m

3. West African jollof rice is a "fantastic" jambalaya-like dish seasoned with aromatic spices. –Monch

4. The Malaysian staple Hainanese chicken rice is three dishes in one, served side by side: poached chicken with a dipping sauce; rice cooked in the poaching liquid; and poaching liquid served as soup (a squeeze of fresh lime juice really brightens it up!). –sarinaL

5. Daisy Martinez's arroz con pollo is made with achiote oil and a sofrito of aromatic vegetables, peppers, and herbs, and finished with olives and pimientos. –sparky403

6. This simpler arroz con pollo from America's Test Kitchen is also "fantastic." –Davwud

7. Plenty of ancho chile powder spices Rick Bayless's red chile chicken and rice with black beans. –juliejulez

8. With flavor from tomatoes, onions, and smoky chiles, this spicy chipotle chicken and rice is "really good." –juliejulez

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Photo of CHOW's Chicken and Smoked Andouille Jambalaya by Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com