Fried Chicken with Brown Rice

Fried chicken paired with brown rice offers a delightful balance of crispy indulgence and wholesome nuttiness. This recipe will guide you through creating a comforting meal that marries the succulent, crispy exterior of fried chicken with the hearty, chewy texture of brown rice—a combination that’s both satisfying and a touch healthier. Let’s dive into this culinary journey.


For the Fried Chicken:

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (you can use breasts or drumsticks if preferred)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (smoked or sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the Brown Rice:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 1/4 cups water or chicken broth (for more flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust if using chicken broth)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)


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