Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Southwestern Chicken & Rice

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.
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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.

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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.

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After the 25 minutes is up, the chicken should be done (160 degrees). I took the chicken out of the pot.

Then add:
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.

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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.

2 Comments:

  1. Pebbles said...
    I love this recipe...I may follow your copycat lead! And a one-potter? I am all about it.
    sher said...
    Oh, I'm so glad it worked out! I knew it should--but you never know! I enjoyed this recipe a lot, even though the amount of liquid really scared me. And it does make a lot of food--but leftovers are always cool!

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