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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Skillet Chicken and Rice with Peas and Carrots

skillet chicken and rice peas carrots one-pot meal

We've been having soups for dinner for the last several weeks, nothing spectacular, mostly hearty brothy soups and some creamy soups.

This skillet chicken and rice recipe is nothing unusual, but, as it is a favorite, I wanted to note it down here. It is mild, yet fragrant and flavorful.

2 small-to-medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
salt to taste
1 Tbsp ground black pepper
2-4 Tbsp evaporated milk**
2-3 Tbsp minced garlic and finely grated ginger
2 Tbsp canola oil
cilantro for garnish

**¼ cup evaporated milk gives a rich creamy feel to the skillet rice

2 cups basmati rice
4-5 cups of water or low sodium broth

veggies: mushrooms (optional), frozen peas, carrots, green beans, and spring onions or other veggies of your choice

marinade: soy sauce, red wine vinegar, ginger powder

whole spices: 1 star anise, 2" piece Indian cinnamon bark (dalchini), 2 cloves, 2 cardomom pods (crushed), 2 dried bay leaves

  1. Marinate the chicken breasts in the marinade for about 20-30 minutes while assembling the rest of the ingredients
  2. When ready to cook the chicken, heat oil in a skillet and allow the chicken to brown well on one side, remove from pan and set aside
  3. Sauté the minced ginger and garlic and the raw basmati rice in the same skillet, add the whole spices, broth or water, evaporated milk, salt to taste and nestle the chicken breasts in the rice, cover and cook till chicken is done - thickest part registers 165°F
  4. If at this point rice is not done, and the water is all gone, add a little more water and the vegetables, cover and finish cooking the rice, while keeping the chicken warm covered in foil
  5. Garnish with cilantro and chopped spring onions, add a few turns of the pepper mill for some fresh ground black pepper, serve warm

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  • At 4:45 PM, Blogger Malar Gandhi said…

    Hi, first time here...

    Skillet chicken with rice, carrots and peas....sounds good to me. Nice and balanced whole meal...something that I wanted!:)


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