Wednesday, June 08, 2005

As irritating as Rachel Ray can be...

She had a one pot 30 minute meal which I have become quite fond of. Chicken and rice. No boredom here, you can tweak the recipe at will and make it different every time. Here is my basic version:

2 skinless boneless (raw)chicken breasts chopped up
1 large yellow onion
Olive oil
15 ounce can chicken (or beef or vegetable) stock
8 ounce can tomato sauce
8 ounce can of water
1 1/2 cups dragon rice

Thats the minimum ingredients. You can also add anything else you like vegetable wise when you saute the onions, and you can certainly sub beef for the chicken or make it vegetarian. I usually add baby carrots and bell peppers and celery. Not tonight though.

The dish evolves depending on what spices you add. I have used homemade sauce and Italian or mexican spices. Tonight I am using sweet curry.

I chopped up the chicken and tossed it with 2 tablespoons of curry powder. Then I browned it (not fully cooked it) in olive oil in the largest pot I have, 8 quart I think. Remove the chicken to a side dish and add the onion and a little more oil to the pot to brown and soften the onion for a few minutes.

Then add 2 tbs more of curry, 1 tbs paprika, 1 tbs cinnamon and a few dashes ginger for the hell of it. Add more olive oil. Just a bit to moisten.

Add rice and stir with all the spices. Add all the liquids and the chicken and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook covered about 20 minutes til rice is done.

It smells so good in here. E will have to tell y'all if it is any good or not. I have never really used curry in this quantity so we shall see...

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

It was fucking awesome, cooker girl. Although I don't think I'll even try to eat it until it cools down. Once it was at the right temp it was so much better.

It's a very filling dish and a little goes a long way.

Tres yum. I give it 5 rolls in the hay out of 5 (but then again, I really like rolling in the hay).