Cinnamon Chicken Over Black Rice


Cinnamon Chicken Over Black Rice

Course Gluten Free, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Nourished Roots Nutrition


  • 2 cups Chicken stock
  • 1 lb Chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Clove
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Black Rice Can also use basmati rice
  • 1/3 cup Currants
  • 1/3 cup Pistachios, chopped An additional handful can be used for garnish.
  • 4 Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring chicken stock to a boil in a sauce pot. 

  2. Meanwhile, in a separate medium sized bowl, combine chicken thighs, cinnamon, ground cloves, oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Heat a separate skillet on medium-high heat. Sear chicken thighs for 3 minutes on each side, a total of 6 minutes. Chicken will be partially, not fully cooked. Remove chicken from skillet and place aside.

  4. Add onions to skillet and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until translucent. 

  5. Add uncooked rice, chopped pistachios, and currants to skillet and mix with onions. Place cinnamon sticks on top of rice, one in each corner of the skillet.

  6. Pour boiling chicken stock over rice. Then place chicken thighs on top of cooking rice. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low for 35-40 minutes. (There should be a slight simmer in the skillet while cooking.) Do not mix rice or remove cover while cooking.

  7. Remove cover. Chicken stock liquid should be completely or mostly absorbed by rice. Chicken is done cooking when it reaches 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer. Add parsley and dill and fluff rice with fork. Add handful of pistachios on top of dish. 

  8. Serve with a side of a green veggie and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Chicken breasts can also be used in place of thighs for a leaner dish.