Happy Healthy Homestead

Saffron Chicken & Rice

This recipe is adapted from ButcherBox’s One Pot Chicken Recipe. I kept most of the ingredients the same. I changed the quantity and type of a few items. Mainly what I changed is the instructions of how to prepare it. The way they have it is a nice one pot recipe. I am all for using less pots, believe me. However, for this recipe I feel it keeps much better as leftovers the next day if you keep the rice mixture separate from the chicken & veggie mixture. Also, I don’t like to cook meat in my dutch oven. I prefer to cook meat in my pure cast iron because it’s easier to clean.

This recipe is very delicious though! If you want a different take on chicken & rice, this one is not boring. I love the flavors with saffron, green olives, and veggies. Let me know if you like it too!


  • 15 pieces Chicken Tenders (about 2 1/4 l b)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red pepper medium dice
  • 1 green pepper medium dice
  • 1 small onion dice
  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 1 32 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 16 ounce can green olives halved (optional)
  • cilantro chopped for topping (optional)


  • Preheat large pan on medium heat with olive oil.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper & place in pan. Turn heat to medium-low and sauté chicken for about 5 minutes on each side or until done.
  • Put veggies, garlic, paprika, and salt & pepper to taste in the dutch oven and sauté on medium-low.
  • Add chicken and green olives to the dutch oven pot and set aside.
  • Cook rice in separate pot according to instructions. Use chicken broth instead of water. Add a pinch of saffron threads to the rice while cooking.
  • When rice is done add crushed tomatoes to rice and stir to combine.
  • (NOTE: I like to keep the rice mixture separate from the chicken & veggie mixture because I think it keeps better that way to reheat for leftovers.)
  • Serve rice with chicken & veggie mixture on top. Add cilantro as topping (optional). Enjoy!

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