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Stuffed Chicken with Rice in a plate

Rice Stuffed Chicken Thighs

This recipe for rice stuffed chicken thighs is an essential Slavic party favorite! Stuffed with veggie rice, each thigh is juicy on the inside & crispy.
Course Main Course, Meats
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword chicken recipe, rice stuffed chicken, stuffed chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 Serivngs
Calories 509kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin



  • Cook the rice in salted water. Set it aside and let it cool. In a large skillet, sauté the onions and carrots together until they soften and the onions turn transluscent. Set it aside and let it cool.
    carrots and onion in a skillet
  • Cut the bone out of chicken thighs. Using a meat tenderizer, pound the chicken from the inside (leaving the skin intact on the outside) until flat and thin.
    chicken getting tenderized on a cutting board
  • In a medium bowl, mix the rice and veggies together and season them to taste with salt and pepper.
    Vegetables with rice in a bowl
  • Place a piece of chicken on a flat working surface. Place a handful of the rice mixture in the middle of the pounded thigh. Fold each lose side into the middle, securing the filling inside.
    chicken and rice on a cutting board
  • One by one, assemble the stuffed chicken thighs seam side down into a baking dish flush against one another. Sprinkle the chicken with Vegeta seasoning or any other seasoning salt blend.
    Chicken stuffed with rice in a baking dish
  • Bake the thighs at 350°F for 45 minutes. Enjoy immediately!
    baked chicken with rice in a baking dish


Note: The chicken may produce lots of grease during the baking process, you can just drain the grease and keep on baking.


Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3485IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg