Verde Spicy Chicken Thighs

IMG_20171006_131908_564My go-to is most definitely chicken thighs. It is the easiest most delicious part of the chicken to make in my opinion. You literally can’t mess them up….well, I guess you could, but it would be really hard to! They are almost no-fail and just so yummy! With our busy schedule I like to make ahead and throw it in the oven. All this needs is a salad or some veggies on the side. I didn’t set out to make this “spicy” but it just kinda went that way lol. My husband wasn’t complaining! This dish is probably medium heat as is but it would be easy to make it hotter or cool it down. Enjoy!IMG_20171004_133634030

You will need:

  • Approx 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs

  • 1 28oz can Hunts No Salt Added crushed tomatoes (save can for tomato water)

  • 1 24oz jar Great Value Salsa Verde Medium (Available at Wal-Mart)

  • 2 medium- large yellow onions sliced

  • 2 bags natural whole grain boil in bag brown rice (uncooked)

  • 1 tsp garlic powder (I prefer Simply Organic Brand spices in my recipes)

  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

  • 2 tsp Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic

  • 1-1/2 tsp Tastefully Simple Rustic Herb Spice Blend

  • Approx 3/4 cup tomato water

  • Olive oil

  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Spray a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 of the can of crushed tomatoes across the bottom of the dish…. follow with 1/3 of the Verde Salsa, 1/2 of the sliced onions, 1 bag of the rice, and 1/2 of all the spices. Next place all the chicken thighs in a single layer. Repeat layer number one over chicken with remaining ingredients except for tomato water and olive oil. Press rice gently into last layer over the chicken. Drizzle with olive oil. Pour 3/4 cup of water into empty crushed tomato can and give it a swirl. Pour tomato water over entire dish.IMG_20171004_133441843

You will save remaining Verde Salsa for serving. If you want to turn down the heat reduce amount of salsa and pepper flakes. If you want to turn it up increase pepper flakes.

Cover with foil and bake at 375′ for approx. 2-3 hours until it reaches an internal temp of at least 170 degrees and the rice is cooked. Let dish set covered out of oven for at least 15 min before serving.IMG_20171004_192045580

Serves 6-8

Suggested toppings:

  • sour cream
  • green onions
  • tortilla chips
  • hot sauce
  • Verde salsa
  • cheddar cheese
  • jalapenos
  • guacamole
  • salsa

Created with love by:

Char Head 🙂


Enjoy!!! 🙂IMG_20171006_131908_564



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