|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 28g||36%|
|Saturated Fat 12g||60%|
|Total Carbohydrate 16g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 9mg||47%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This easy chicken and rice recipe is a flavorful pilaf made with cooked chicken, pecans, and rice. Tomatoes and seasonings are added to give it lots of flavor and moisture. It's a one-pot meal to prepare and cook in a saucepan or sauté pan that comes together quickly for a hearty and hot week-night dinner. This is a terrific vehicle for leftover cooked chicken or turkey.
A spin-off of this dish is Indian-inspired chicken and rice with curry powder or slow-cooker chicken curry If you're looking for an entirely different flavor profile, this easy chicken and rice casserole made with Italian dressing will deliver.
2 cups cooked chicken, cut into cubes
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
3 cups chicken broth, boiling
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
Gather the ingredients.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
Add chicken and onions and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the pecans and cook for 2 minutes longer, stirring as necessary. Add salt, pepper, and coriander, and mix until well combined.
Add rice and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until all the grains of rice are coated with the fat (butter).
Add the boiling broth and undrained can of tomatoes. Stir well and bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes, covered.
Uncover, fluff with a fork and serve hot with a salad if desired.
- If desired, while the pilaf is resting for 5 minutes, for a little variety, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup frozen peas, mix, recover and wait 5 minutes. The residual heat should be enough to thaw the peas to a delicious al dente consistency.
What Is Pilaf?
When people hear a dish referred to as a pilaf, they automatically assume it is rice based. But a pilaf is a method of preparation, not the name of a dish itself.
Any type of usually dried whole grain can be used to make a basic pilaf, also known as pilau. The grain is sautéed in some type of hot fat to toast it and keep the grains separate. Then a boiling liquid, usually a broth, is added to the grains, stirred, and then cooked with the lid on until the liquid is absorbed.
Vegetables and meats can be added to turn what would otherwise be a side dish into a whole and filling meal.