Shireen Palow (Afghan Orange Rice With Chicken)

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2 chicken breast halves, skinned and cut in half (about 1 pound)

4 chicken thighs, skinned (about 1 pound)

3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons butter, divided

2 cups vertically sliced onion

1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons grated orange rind

2 1/4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1 1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice

2 tablespoons raisins

6 tablespoons chopped pistachios