Chicken quarters and Spanish Rice when you don't feel like firing up the smoker

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by noboundaries, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My wife was having a medical procedure and asked for something relatively mild.  I had leg quarters in the fridge but she asked if I'd do them in the oven instead of the smoker.  No problem. 

    Now, I use a carbon steel paella pan for all kinds of things in the oven, stovetop, grill, smoker, or even a campfire ($26 Amazon).  It is a GREAT pan for going from the oven to the stovetop or visa versa.  Wednesday night was oven to stovetop.  I didn't think of taking pics until I started the rice but the technique I use is described below.  You can also use a cast iron skillet.  It is a quick and delicious meal on those nights when you just don't feel like firing up the smoker.   

    Oven Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters with Spanish Rice

    This is a GREAT recipe for delicious, juicy chicken that comes together pretty quick.  Broiling and baking it in an olive oil greased, seasoned paella pan is perfect.  The skin comes out crispy and thin.  

    The Spanish Rice was concocted on the spot once I started looking at the chicken in the paella pan.  It was FANTASTIC!

    2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
    4  chicken leg quarters
    Favorite BBQ rub

    Spanish Rice Ingredients
    1 small white onion, chopped
    1 tsp garlic cloves, minced, heaping
    2 cups  white rice uncooked
    1 15.5oz can diced tomatoes
    4 oz canned green chilies chopped
    15.5 oz tomato sauce
    2 cups chicken stock
    1 tsp cumin
    1 tsp paprika
    1 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp kosher salt


    1. Pre-heat oven to 425°F.

    2. Pour some oil in the paella pan and spread it evenly around.  Put the leg quarters in the pan and spray with oil on both sides.  Add the rub to both sides of the chicken then put them on the pan skin side down.

    3. When the oven is ready, switch to the broiler and turn it on high.  Put the chicken on the shelf about 6" below the broiler and let it broil for 6 minutes.  Turn the chicken over, skin side up. and put it back under the broiler for 3-5 minutes.  Watch for the skin to turn brown.  It will burn quickly so keep an eye on it.

    4. Then turn the broiler off and the oven on at 425°F.  Set the timer for 25 minutes.

    5. Check the internal temperature of each quarter in the thickest part of the thigh, not touching the bone.  The temperature should be in the 165°F to 175°F range.  Add more time if necessary.

    6. Remove from the oven and let rest about ten minutes.

    7. If using a paella pan, leave the fat drippings in the pan, which should be about a half cup of liquid.  You can remove some of the fat if you want.  Add the onion and garlic.  Saute until soft.  Works great over the griddle burner.  Add the rice and stirring constantly, brown over medium heat, about ten minutes.  If the rice starts to stick for any reason, just add some more chicken fat or EVOO.

    8. Once brown, add the tomatoes with juice, green chilils, tomato sauce, chicken stock and spices.  Let simmer uncovered until rice is tender, stirring to keep from sticking, about 15-20 minutes.  You can eat it a little al dente if you want, or let it sit a few minutes to absorb all the liquid.

    9. Serve.

    Chicken after I oven roasted it in the paella pan.

    Spanish Rice while cooking and almost done.

  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking meal! Haven't had Spanish rice in a while, sound s great!
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice job Ray. The pan looks heavier than some I have seen. What size and brand is it?...JJ
  4. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks DS and JJ. 

    The pans I have are Magefesa 15" Paella pans made in Spain.  15" is the diameter of the pan.  The handles add about another 5 inches to the total diameter.  They are heavy duty and turn dark once nicely seasoned. 

    I just checked and they are $31 at Amazon (prices change all the time).  Bed Bath and Beyond has the exact same pan for $20 if anyone is interested.  I know you know this JJ but for folks thinking about getting one, carbon steel has to be treated a lot like cast iron.  Gently wash, immediately dry and right then apply a light coat of canola or olive oil to keep it from rusting.    

    Below shows two well seasoned paella pans, and why it is a good reason to buy two (used them to make country potatoes and fried eggs this morning).  I think they are better non-stick than our ceramic coated or All-Clad 3-Ply stainless pans.  Yes, there's the pre-heating required for all and a good fat, but the paella pans make it a breeze.    

    New pan:

    Well seasoned pans.

    Last edited: Oct 11, 2015

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