Wash chicken thighs For faster cooking, make a ½ ” slit into chicken thigh meat on either side of the chicken, then wipe with a paper towel. Season with salt (about 1 ½ teaspoons). Sprinkle lime juice on chicken, followed by garlic
Generously rub both sides with adobo spice blend. Or your favorite spice mix. If desired this can be done hour before to let it marinate .
Place chicken skin side up in a skillet/Dutch oven or oven safe pot/pan for about 3 minutes each. Be very careful with the chicken, it shouldn’t burn. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F.
Meanwhile, place the rice into a large bowl, cover with cold water and use your hands to wash the grains. Tip the water out, then repeat twice until the water runs clear.
Wipe the same pan with paper towel or napkin to remove any burns from pan. If not visible burns proceed with the next step .
Add about 2 tablespoons oil or more, followed by onions, jalapenos, cumin, paprika, and bay leaf .Sauté until soft but not golden, about 2-3 minutes. Then add garlic and stir for another minute.
Next, add rice, stir for about a minute , then pour over chicken stock/broth ,lime juice, grated lime zest, and beans. Season with white pepper and salt to taste.
Add the chicken back to the pan, with its juice. Place in the oven and cook for about 30- 35 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
Remove, let it cool and serve, garnish with slices of lime and cilantro