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Milk Street Recipe

Chicken with Brown Rice, Apricots and Olives

1 hour 20 minutes 30 minutes active, plus resting time

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Chicken with Brown Rice, Apricots and Olives

The Camargue region of southern France is known for, among other things, the rice grown in the wetlands of the Rhône River delta. Just across the Mediterranean lies Algeria, so, not surprisingly, the area’s cuisine is influenced by Maghrebi flavors and ingredients. For this one-skillet chicken and rice dish inspired by a recipe from Paula Wolfert, cookbook author and authority on Mediterranean cooking, we pair nutty long-grain brown rice with meaty chicken thighs (and/or drumsticks) and add sweet-savory North African flavor accents by incorporating dried apricots and briny olives. You will need a 12-inch skillet with a domed lid for this recipe; a flat lid won’t give the rice the space it needs to expand as it cooks.




Don’t add the rice until the water has reached a full boil. If the water is not yet boiling, the grains won’t cook through properly and the unabsorbed liquid will make the dish soggy.

1 hour 20 minutes

30 minutes active, plus resting time


  • ½

    cup slivered almonds

  • 2

    pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and/or drumsticks, trimmed


  1. 01
    In a 12-inch skillet over medium, toast the almonds, stirring often, until fragrant and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl; set aside.

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