I have a Monday recipe for you today that I know your family will enjoy. I just love the combination of chicken and rice. Such a comfort meal. The mushroom rice mixture and the addition of Romano cheese on top of the chicken makes this meal so flavorful. The carrots and mushrooms in the rice and using skinless bone-in chicken thighs keeps this dish healthier. Give this recipe a try soon and start your week off in a healthy and satisfying way.
Chicken and Rice
Recipe by Cooking Light, October 2010
1 tablespoon olive oil8 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups chopped onion ( I used approx. 1 cup)
1 carrot, thinly sliced
8 ounces cremini (baby portabella) mushrooms, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add 4 chicken thighs to pan; sauté 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from pan. Repeat with remaining chicken.
3. Add onion and carrot to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add rice; sauté 1 minute. Spoon rice mixture into a 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish coated with cooking spray; stir in broth, 1/4 cup water, and cream. Arrange chicken over rice mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until chicken is done.
My kids are busy in the kitchen. Taking the stems off the mushrooms, browning the chicken and making the rice mixture. Tips on getting your kids to help in the kitchen and to make Mondays (or any day) family night, check out The Kids Cook Monday website.
The rice mixture is full of carrots and mushrooms which is started in a skillet before baking with the chicken.
It may not be the most "pretty" food picture but it really, really does taste good.
Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: I don't shy away from recipes or cooking with ingredients I know my daughters don't like. Take this Chicken and Rice for example. My daughters do love chicken and they do love rice. They, however, do not like mushrooms which is in the rice mixture. They just picked out the mushrooms. Funny thing is they loved the rice even though it was heavily flavored with mushrooms. So, keep introducing the "I don't like that" foods to your kids. Their likes and dislikes are always changing. I have a feeling when my daughters get older, they will end up loving mushrooms.