Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chicken with Yellow Rice

This is an old family favorite in our house. My mom used to make this when we were growing up and we always looked forward to the nights we were having Chicken with Yellow Rice. The recipe could not be any easier and the result is something so saturated with deep wholesome flavor it will have everyone thinking you spent hours slaving over a hot stove. My mom made hers by boiling a whole chicken, then picking it and using the stock in place of water in the rice. I have tweeked it just a bit as I use whatever chicken cut I find on sale in the supermarket that week. For this particular batch, chicken thighs were on sale at my grocery store for $.89/lb so I bought those and roasted them as opposed to boiling. Either was you do it, the outcome remains the same- a delicious complete meal with for well under $2 a serving. Beat that!

Chicken with Yellow Rice
Serves 4-6
6 Chicken  Thighs
Adobo or seasoned salt
1 Family Sized Bag of Vigo Yellow Rice
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1 qt of low sodium Chicken Stock
dash cayenne pepper
Italian parsley, chopped
Sour Cream (optional)
Hot sauce (optional)

Preheat your oven to 375. On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, arrange the chicken thighs, drizzle w olive oil and season with Adobo. Bake thighs for about 30 minutes or until cooked thru and juices run clear. Remove from the oven and let them cool. You can stick em in the refrigerator to speed the process if you'd like. When chicken has cooled, pick the bones and reserve you meat. Be careful to discard any fat or skin. No one wants to eat that in thier rice.

In a stock pot, drizzle 2 tbsp EVOO, add onion and garlic and sweat until translucent. Add chicken stock in place of water per package directions. Bring to a boil and add rice. Just about 10 minutes before rice is done, add chicken and dash of cayenne pepper. Stir to incorporate and add another splash of your chicken stock to keep everything  moist. Cook until rice is tender. Right before serving add parsley and stir one last time.

Serve Chicken with Yellow Rice into bowls and top with a dallop of sour cream and hot sauce if you prefer. A side dish of black beans with chopped onions goes perfectly with this if you family likes their legumes.



Boomer Pie said...

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I don't cook much but I dish out Boomer Pie.