Monday, August 20, 2012

Easy Chicken and Rice

I've been making this simple dish for over 11 years.  My midwife gave me the recipe when I was expecting my second child.  It's been a favorite for a long time.  And it all cooks in one pot, so there are fewer dishes to wash!

Ingredients:
2 C. uncooked brown rice
4 1/2 C water or chicken broth (it tastes best with chicken broth--I use homemade)
1 tsp sea salt
3 T butter or coconut oil*
3 T chopped fresh parsley or 1 T parsley flakes
1 whole chicken (cut in pieces), or chicken breasts, or whatever you have on hand
1 t. salt
dash of pepper

Optional add-ins:
1 C chopped onion
1 C. chopped celery
1/4 C chopped bell pepper
1/2 - 1 C raisins or golden raisins
1/2 - 1 C chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
1 C unsweetened, crushed pineapple

Combine rice, water, 1 tsp salt, butter, and parsley in a Dutch oven or stock pot (I modified the original recipe to make enough for our larger family, and I cook it in a large stock pot).  Mix well.  Bring to a boil.  

Rinse chicken inside and out and pat dry.  Sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and pepper.  Place over rice; reduce heat.  Simmer, tightly covered, for 45-60 minutes or until water is absorbed and chicken is tender.  

After chicken is cooked, saute any or all of the above optional ingredients and add to rice before serving.  I always add onion.  Mushrooms are also a favorite if we have them.  Usually I just use whatever we have on hand, and it always turns out delicious.

**The lettuce and tomato are both from our garden, and we were so happy to finally have a very successful year with lettuce!  The plate also contains some homegrown sprouts!


*This is my referral link for Tropical Traditions.  If you order through this link and you've never ordered from TT before, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. 

Linking to:  The Homestead Barn Hop

8 comments:

  1. Wow! That sounds awfully good. I think we are going to have to try it. See you all this weekend. Many Blessings on your family.

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    1. If you try it, I hope you like it, Grace Mae! Looking forward to this weekend! ♥Joy

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  2. Looks super yummy! We have made a similar dish with a chicken sub for years. It sure does make for an easy but substantial meal! :o) Love the lettuce!! So glad it's done well for you this year! :o) My fall lettuce is just starting to sprout!

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    1. You're so right about it being easy and substantial! We have just been thrilled with our lettuce. It seems like all the other years it just didn't work out...I think we may have been planting it too late. It was always bitter for some reason. But this year it has been delicious.

      I hope your fall lettuce does well--we planted some, too. Hoping it's as successful as our spring/summer crop. How fun that yours is sprouting! :)

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  3. I am visiting from the HOD Blogroll and wanted to share a weekly HOD Highlights meme that I am starting to inspire and encourage others using HOD.
    (This post has me hungry...hehe!)

    I hope that you will share your HOD posts and link up with others. I am looking forward to seeing how everyone is using Heart of Dakota.

    Many Blessings, Tamara
    http://allofakindfamily.blogspot.com/

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  4. Thank you for letting me know about your weekly HOD meme. Sounds fun! We aren't planning to start until next week sometime, but I'd love to link up when I get a chance.

    Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I'm making my monthly grocery list and plan to try several of the recipes you have posted! Thank-you for posting them! Kristin

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    1. I hope you like them, Kristin! :)

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