Photo: Keiko Oikawa

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No-Fail Chicken with a Pleasant Surprise
This uncomplicated chicken-and-rice dinner somehow manages to feel familiar and fresh all at once. The stress-free recipe has you cook onion, garlic and chicken pieces with some unexpected but still approachable spices, including cumin, coriander and turmeric, in an ovenproof pot. Then you add rice, broth and dried cranberries, slip it into the oven for an hour, or so, and that's it. The finished dish is warm and satisfying, and has a wonderful burst of flavor from the berries.

Get the recipe: Chicken and Wild Rice