Recipe: Chicken and rice
Many rice-based dishes are sacrosanct. I would only, for example, use the starchy, short-grained Po Valley, Arborio rice for risotto. But I find, in this recipe, Uncle Ben's brown rice is healthy, easy to find, user-friendly, and provides a toothsome texture with clearly defined grains.
Yield: 6 servings
Time: 90 minutes
Cost: apx. $20.00
- 2 1/2-3 pounds chicken breasts, thighs and legs; skin and bones attached
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped (2 cups)
- 1 link (1/2 pound) uncooked chorizo sausage, meat removed from casing
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 cups medium grain brown rice (not instant), rinsed
- 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 3 cups chicken stock, plus more if needed, heated
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 roasted yellow pepper*, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
*Roasted peppers are available, bottled, at most groceries. It is easy to roast your own pepper: Roast entire pepper over a medium-hot gas flame, charcoal fire or under a broiler until pepper begins to soften and their skins are blistered and lightly charred. Place in a covered container or paper bag to steam. When the peppers are cool, peel, seed and scrape off any remaining charred flakes with a paring knife.
1. Preheat oven to 325?.
2. Lightly season chicken with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. In a large, deep heavy-bottomed pan or Dutch oven, heat oil to medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, sauté the chicken until it begins to brown, about 8 minutes on each side.
3. Add onion and chorizo to pan, breaking up chorizo with a spoon, and cook with chicken, about 8 minutes. Remove all but one tablespoon fat from bottom of pan.
4. Deglaze pan with wine, scraping up browned spots that may have accumulated on the bottom of the pan. Let wine reduce over medium high heat. (This may be cumbersome, particularly if you've a smaller pan. You may remove the chicken when deglazing the pan, returning the chicken to the pan before adding hot stock in the next step.)
5. Add rice, tomatoes, including their juice, 3 cups heated stock and smoked paprika to pan and cook, uncovered and stirring frequently, 15-25 minutes, or until rice is no longer soupy, but not dry. (If using chicken breasts, remove and reserve after 5 minutes of cooking time with the rice. Otherwise the white meat may overcook and toughen.) If the stock is absorbed and the rice remains hard, add more stock and cook until rice is just tender with a chewy texture.
6. Combine roasted peppers and rice and spoon the rice mixture into a well-oiled baking dish. Arrange the chicken pieces, skin side up, over the rice and place in the oven, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit, lightly covered with foil, 10 minutes. Lightly sprinkle with parsley and serve.
This recipe was written by Peggy Lampman and originally posted on AnnArbor.com on Jan. 28, 2010.