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This is my favorite actually! In high school, my foster dad was a chef and this was one of my favorite dinners he would put together. So, I put my own little spin on it and have been whipping it up since my college days at TSTC. The problem is, every time I cook it it comes out a tad different because I don’t always follow the recipe to a T!
One Pot Chicken and Rice
This recipe is really simple. In fact, all you need is the basics down and you can run with it however you feel like. I will layout my recipe for you but I would really like to see you put your spin on it with the seasonings and sides you enjoy!
For starters lets decide on what kind of chicken to use!
I personally prefer chicken thighs. With the skin! I have also used every piece of the chicken before with my kids in mind. Remember guys kids are super picky so if you have them over that night you have to consider what they might or might not enjoy. I know the one thing I do hate about food is when its wasted. My kids know that well! Your chicken can be with skin or naked. Again, that dep[ends on you.
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The Main Ingredients
- Chicken thighs (I prefer with skin but skinless work just as well)
- 1.5 cups of Long grain rice or Jasmine rice
- Red bell pepper
- Green bell pepper
- White onion
- 4 cloves of fresh garlic
- Parsley for garnish
- Up to 4 cups of chicken broth ( you can use water but the broth really holds in all the flavor)
When it comes to seasonings everyone has a different taste palate. So, I suggest you season for taste to your liking. I personally use: Smoked paprika, sea salt, black pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and old bay!
Lets Get Cooking
First thing you need to do is line the bottom of a skillet with an oil of your choice. Make sure it has a high smoke point like Avocado oil. With the chicken already seasoned, add it to the hot oil and cook each side for approximately 3 minutes. After about 7 minutes remove chicken from the hot pan. Your chicken will be added back to the dish to finish cooking. So, if its not all the way done its ok.
After you remove the chicken you will want add 2 tbsps. of butter and your chopped veggies to the pan. Add the peppers and onion first. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes before adding the rice and chopped garlic then sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes! Don’t forget to season your veggies!
Finally lets gradually stir in the chicken broth. This is also where you want to add the chicken back into the mix. When the dish starts to boil just a little add the chicken on top of the rice and veggies. Cover the dish, lower the temp and let cook for about 20 minutes or until the broth boils out indicating the rice is thoroughly cooked and its about time to dig in!
That’s pretty much a wrap on that one. Its time to eat now. This recipe can feed up to 4 people. Perfect for when the kids come through or if you know you have a busy week coming up.
Them leftovers be hittin!
I like to warm up a few flour tortillas, slice up a fresh jalapeno, lime and avocado with mine. A little hot sauce is on point too…
Don’t forget to pour up your favorite beverage and enjoy this one pot dish. The beauty about this recipe is the freedom to be as creative as you’d like, its inexpensive and you can serve this in many scenarios. Its simple enough to make for yourself and fancy enough to serve on a dinner and movie night with that lady you been courting.
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