Zankou Chicken Rice Bowl with Garlic Sauce (Copycat)

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Zankou Chicken Copycat Bowl with their Chicken with Brown Rice Pilaf, Armenian Garlic Sauce & Lemon Scented Carrots. Serve with hot peppers and pickled turnips for a totally authentic experience.

Zankou Chicken’s legendary Garlic Sauce is served with this Brown Rice Pilaf Bowl. Crispy chicken thighs and lemony roasted carrots make this chicken bowl an amazing meal you’ll eat for dinner and then won’t be able to wait for lunch the next day for leftovers!

The sauce used in this meal is the Copycat Zankou Garlic Sauce that was one of the first recipes I ever posted (that is how much I love it, I couldn’t wait to make it!). I keep a jar in my fridge at all times, but if you make it for this meal, please make sure the sauce is made at least 8 hours before you plan to use it.

A note about the garlic sauce that just about everyone in LA is obsessed with (including Zagat). It is raw garlic and it is STRONG. So if you LOVE garlic, you will love this sauce. If garlic is just sort of “eh it’s ok I guess” I don’t recommend this sauce.

The fun thing about this meal is the rice goes in for an hour and halfway through cooking you put in a tray of chicken and carrots. When the timer goes off everything is ready to be eaten at the exact same time.

If you want to use white meat chicken for the recipe, use bone in skin on and roast for the same amount of time.

Zankou Chicken Copycat Bowl with their Chicken with Brown Rice Pilaf, Armenian Garlic Sauce & Lemon Scented Carrots. Serve with hot peppers and pickled turnips for a totally authentic experience.

 

 

 

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Zankou Chicken Rice Bowl with Garlic Sauce (Copycat)

5 from 8 votes
  • Yield: 6
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Armenian
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Zankou Chicken Copycat Bowl with their Chicken with Brown Rice Pilaf, Armenian Garlic Sauce & Lemon Scented Carrots. Serve with hot peppers and pickled turnips for a totally authentic experience.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Garlic Paste (Zankou Copycat)
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 pounds carrots , peeled and sliced into 1 inch diagonal coins
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth*
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a baking dish add chicken broth, rice, butter, salt and pepper (I use 1/4 teaspoon of each for the rice)

  3. Bake rice in the oven for 60 minutes.

  4. About thirty minutes into the rice cooking time, start the chicken and carrots.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the chicken, carrots, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons canola oil and lemon zest.
  6. Spread onto a pan and roast in the oven along side the rice, for about 25-30 minutes.

  7. Everything should be done and ready to come out of the oven at the same time.
  8. Serve the pilaf with chicken and carrots. Top with garlic sauce.

Recipe Notes

*NOTE* This recipe is best when the garlic sauce is made the day before your meal (at LEAST a couple hours though). There will be lots of garlic sauce left over. You’ll thank me for that when you use it on everything!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 , Amount per serving: 604 calories, Calories: 604g, Carbohydrates: 64g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 115mg, Sodium: 824mg, Potassium: 1094mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 25405g, Vitamin C: 30.8g, Calcium: 153g, Iron: 3g

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Zankou Chicken Copycat Bowl with their Chicken with Brown Rice Pilaf, Armenian Garlic Sauce & Lemon Scented Carrots. Serve with hot peppers and pickled turnips for a totally authentic experience.

Zankou Chicken Copycat Bowl with their Chicken with Brown Rice Pilaf, Armenian Garlic Sauce & Lemon Scented Carrots.
Zankou Chicken Copycat Bowl with their Chicken with Brown Rice Pilaf, Armenian Garlic Sauce & Lemon Scented Carrots.
Zankou Chicken Copycat Bowl with their Chicken with Brown Rice Pilaf, Armenian Garlic Sauce & Lemon Scented Carrots.

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  1. This recipe is so delicious. I’ve never had the original because I live in New York, but this recipe makes me think I’d love it. The garlic sauce is fantastic. The chicken comes out perfectly, and the carrots are so great. I’ve struggled with the baked brown rice, but now that I have an instant pot, I might try it in there using your seasonings or serve with basmati. The sauce, chicken, and carrots are so craveable.

  2. Is that an error in step # 2- put 1/4 tsp broth etc into the dish with the rice and bake for 60 mins?

    Thanks. Will try once I have this clarified.

    Helen

  3. This sounds amazing. I love copycat recipes. THank you for sharing because I will copycat this. My husband won’t eat this so I’ll have to make it for my friends.

    1. I searched for years for a good copycat recipe for that sauce! After letting the flavors marinate for a day, this one is spot-on!

    1. Not going to lie, I slather that sauce on almost everything! Try it on deli meat sandwiches too instead of mayonnaise! I even sometimes toss it in pasta and add some crushed red pepper to it with a bit of melted butter. I am telling you if you love strong garlic flavor you’re going to be in heaven.

  4. That looks delicious! I’ve never tried a copy cat recipe before, but this looks like it would be a yummy place to start. It’s also a whole meal my family would enjoy. Thanks for the tip on doing the garlic sauce the day before.

    1. Copycat recipes are so much fun – really nailing a flavor like the ones you remember from your favorite restaurants is a great feeling!