Chicken and Rice definitely sounds a little bland, and to be honest, it used to be. Not anymore though... I add a lot of things that weren't in the original recipe. My parent's made this for us growing up, it was good, but this version is better. My Dad isn't very happy about my mushroom addition, but he likes the rest. If you have an aversion to mushrooms like he does, you can just omit them from the recipe.
There are a few things about this recipe that vary from time to time when I make it. Sometimes I roast my own chicken, sometimes I buy a rotisserie chicken, but most of the time I boil chicken breasts. The end result is really yummy any way you decide to prepare your chicken. Below I will be giving directions for boiling the chicken breasts. Another tip I have is to always keep chicken bouillon or chicken broth concentrate in stock. Not sticking up on multiple cans/boxes of broths will save you a ton of money and cabinet space!
Chicken and Rice Cooking Directions
- Add two raw chicken breasts to a large sauce pan, cover with water and add a dash of salt.
- Boil chicken breasts for about 20 minutes, until they are cooked through then remove the chicken from pan and set aside for now.
- Chop onion, celery, carrot and mushrooms.
- In a large pot with a lid (I use my dutch oven) add the butter and chopped veggies. While the veggies sauté, mince the garlic and cut boiled chicken into bite sized pieces.
- Sauté veggies until they are tender, about 5 minutes, then add garlic and chicken, sauté for another minute.
- To the pot, add rice, water, chicken bouillon and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. **Check and stir about 10 minutes, add more water if needed.
- Remove lid, add fresh parsley and mix all ingredients together.
- Serve hot and Enjoy!
Chicken and Rice is one of my go to comfort foods, because it hits the spot when it's cold outside, it's simple and you'll have left overs to eat for lunch for days, becuase I've obviously never learned how to cook a small one pot meal. Next time you feel that chill in the air, bust out your dutch oven and try this one. Thank you all for cooking with me.