Chicken Peanut Perloo

Chicken Peanut Perloo
  • Yield: 6 servings


3tablespoons peanut oil
6 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
1teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2pound smoked bacon
1cup diced onions
3cloves garlic, minced
1cup uncooked Carolina Gold rice or other long-grain white rice
1/4cup chopped roasted peanuts
1/2cup minced tomato
2cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1/2cup minced fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
4sprigs fresh thyme
1/2cup chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven or casserole dish. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Sauté in the oil until the chicken is golden brown on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan. 
  2. In the remaining fat, cook the bacon until done. Add the onions and sweat until the onions are translucent, without too much color. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the rice and peanuts and mix to coat well. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, bay leaf, minced parsley, and thyme, and bring to a simmer, stirring well.
  3. Add the chicken thighs, cover, and bring to another simmer. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Garnish with the chopped parsley and serve.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Chris Chamberlain’s The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South  (Thomas Nelson, 2012)