Chicken Andalucia with Rice Recipe from Spain

Chicken Andalucia with Rice

Chicken Andalucia with Rice Recipe from Spain
Region / culture: Spain | Preparation time: 1 hour | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4


Chicken Andalucia with Rice
Chicken Andalucia with Rice

Chicken Andalucia with Rice is a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines tender chicken with a savory sauce, sweet raisins, and briny olives. This dish is perfect for a special dinner or a festive occasion.


This recipe is inspired by the traditional cuisine of Andalucia, a region in southern Spain known for its rich and diverse culinary heritage. The combination of sweet and savory flavors in this dish reflects the influence of Moorish, Jewish, and Christian culinary traditions that have shaped the cuisine of Andalucia over the centuries.


How to prepare

  1. Combine garlic, parsley, and orange juice.
  2. Pour the mixture over the chicken and let it marinate for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and set the marinade aside.
  4. Pat the chicken dry and coat it with a seasoned flour mixture made with 1 tsp salt, pepper, and paprika.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet and add the chicken. Cook until it turns golden on all sides.
  6. Remove the chicken from the pan and drain off the excess oil.
  7. Using the same skillet, combine butter and 1 tbsp of the remaining seasoned flour.
  8. Stir in broth, sherry, marinade, raisins, and the remaining 1 tsp salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes smooth.
  9. Return the chicken to the pan, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  10. Serve the chicken over fluffy beds of rice.


  • Substitute chicken thighs or drumsticks for the chicken breasts for a different texture and flavor.
  • Add diced tomatoes or bell peppers to the sauce for a pop of color and extra freshness.
  • Use quinoa or couscous instead of rice for a gluten-free alternative.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.

- Use a combination of oil and butter for cooking the chicken to achieve a crispy and golden exterior.

- Be sure to stir the sauce constantly to prevent lumps from forming and to ensure a smooth and velvety texture.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chicken Andalucia with Rice with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete and balanced meal. Pair it with a glass of dry sherry or a crisp white wine to complement the flavors of the dish.

Cooking Techniques

Marinate the chicken to infuse it with flavor and keep it moist during cooking.

- Use a combination of oil and butter for cooking the chicken to achieve a crispy and golden exterior.

- Simmer the chicken in the sauce to allow the flavors to meld together and create a rich and flavorful dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use white wine or chicken stock instead of sherry for a non-alcoholic version of the dish.

- Substitute dried cranberries or apricots for the raisins for a different flavor profile.

- Use green olives or capers instead of stuffed olives for a briny and tangy twist.

Make Ahead Tips

Marinate the chicken in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

- Prepare the sauce ahead of time and reheat it gently before serving.

- Cook the rice in advance and reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the chicken and sauce over a bed of fluffy white rice for an elegant and visually appealing presentation. - Garnish with fresh parsley or chopped almonds for a pop of color and texture. - Serve the dish in individual bowls or on a platter for a family-style meal.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Chicken Andalucia with Rice with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño.

- Serve with a side of crusty bread or garlic bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

- Enjoy with a side of Spanish-style tapas such as patatas bravas or grilled vegetables.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

- Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

- Add a splash of chicken broth or water to the sauce to prevent it from drying out during reheating.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving



- Total Carbohydrates: 45g

- Dietary Fiber: 2g

- Sugars: 6g


- Total Fat: 18g

- Saturated Fat: 4g

- Trans Fat: 0g


- Protein: 30g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 10%

- Vitamin C: 20%

- Calcium: 4%

- Iron: 15%


Contains: Wheat, Soy


This dish is a good source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals. It is relatively low in calories and saturated fat, making it a healthy and satisfying meal option.


Chicken Andalucia with Rice is a delicious and satisfying dish that combines tender chicken with a flavorful sauce, sweet raisins, and briny olives. This dish is perfect for a special dinner or a festive occasion and is sure to impress your family and friends. Enjoy this taste of Andalucia in the comfort of your own home!

How did I get this recipe?

I have a clear memory of the first time I saw this recipe for Chicken Andalucia with Rice. It was a warm summer day and I was visiting my dear friend Maria in her cozy kitchen. Maria was a fantastic cook, always experimenting with new flavors and techniques. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by the delicious aroma of garlic, onions, and spices simmering on the stove.

Maria was busy chopping vegetables and marinating the chicken, her hands moving with grace and precision. I watched in awe as she effortlessly created a culinary masterpiece before my eyes. I knew I had to learn how to make this dish.

I asked Maria where she learned the recipe, and she smiled and said it was a family recipe passed down through generations. She graciously offered to teach me how to make it, and I eagerly accepted her offer.

We spent the afternoon cooking together, chopping, stirring, and tasting as we went along. Maria explained each step in detail, sharing her tips and tricks for creating the perfect balance of flavors. It was a labor of love, and I could feel the passion and care she poured into every dish she made.

As the chicken simmered in the fragrant sauce, Maria taught me how to make the perfect fluffy rice to accompany it. She showed me how to season the rice just right, so it would complement the bold flavors of the Chicken Andalucia.

Finally, the dish was ready, and we sat down to enjoy our creation. The chicken was tender and juicy, infused with the flavors of tomatoes, peppers, and Spanish spices. The rice was fluffy and light, the perfect accompaniment to the rich, savory chicken.

As we savored each bite, Maria shared stories of her family and the traditions that inspired this recipe. She spoke of her grandmother, who taught her how to cook with love and passion, and the importance of sharing meals with loved ones.

I left Maria's kitchen that day with a full belly and a heart filled with gratitude. I had not only learned a delicious new recipe, but I had also experienced the joy of cooking with someone who truly loved and appreciated the art of food.

From that day on, Chicken Andalucia with Rice became a staple in my own kitchen. I would often make it for family gatherings and special occasions, always thinking of Maria and the magical day we spent together creating this culinary masterpiece.

Now, as I pass this recipe down to my own grandchildren, I hope they will feel the same sense of joy and connection that I do when I make Chicken Andalucia with Rice. It is not just a dish, but a story, a memory, a taste of love and tradition that will live on for generations to come.


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