Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I'm a total copycat! A few weeks ago, Sher over at What Did You Eat? made a delicious looking chicken and rice dinner for her lucky husband on his birthday. I bookmarked the recipe because I didn't want to forget it, and earlier this week I actually got my butt to the store to buy rice (I never have it around because I rarely cook with it). I like rice, but have a terrible track record of cooking it poorly. But this dish looked so satisfying and warm, I decided to give it a shot.
Of course, I made a few tiny alterations to suit my tastes. Normally, I'm a skin-off, bone-out white meat only kind of girl. In this instance Sher's recipe called for skin-on breasts or thighs, so I compromised and went for dark meat (thighs) but I pulled all the skin off. After salt and peppering the chicken, I browned it well on both sides in a little butter/oil mix and then removed it from the pan.
Then I added:
1 onion, chopped medium
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic , minced
And sauteed until the onion was translucent and the whole kitchen smelled like garlic. Then I added 1 1/2 cups of long grain rice and cooked an additional three minutes or until the rice soaked up some of the oil and was starting to smell nutty.
Then I added:
1 cup of dry white wine
3 cups of chicken broth
2 tsp hot sauce
Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Then put the browned chicken thighs back into the pot and put the lid on for 25 minutes over low heat.
After the 25 minutes is up, the chicken should be done (160 degrees). I took the chicken out of the pot.
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
1 15 oz can of black beans, drained, and rinsed with water
1 10 oz package of frozen corn, thawed and drained
4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
And let it sit a minute or two so the cheese melts and everything comes together. I shredded the chicken and served myself up a bowl of rice and topped it with the chicken.
This was a really delicious meal! It made a huge pot of food, I've eaten the leftovers twice for lunch this week and will probably have more for dinner tonight.