Tonight’s recipe falls into the “I’ve had a bugger of a day so, let’s get this done quickly” category. We’re pairing pan-fried seasoned chicken breast with an off the shelf packet rice, but by adding a few tweaks, we’ll elevate from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Hopefully, we’ll knock this over in about half an hour.
Let’s get started.
Skinless Chicken Breast – 600 gram
Garlic powder – 2 Tablespoons
Paprika – 1 teaspoon
Tarragon – 2 tablespoons
Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon
Red Pepper (capsicum) sliced – 1 large
Brown Onion – 1 medium
Zucchini sliced – 1 medium
Continental Spinach ricotta and
parmesan rice – 3 x 105gram Pack
Butter – 2 tablespoons
Olive oil – 2 tablespoon
- Mix the herbs in a small stainless steel bowl and dredge the chicken breasts until well coated. Don’t be afraid to add more herbs if needed, be sure you’ve got everything well covered.
- While the chicken is marinating, slice the onion, capsicum, chilli and zucchini.
- Add one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of oil to a heavy skillet, cover, and pan-fry the chicken for about 6 minutes each side until the chicken’s cooked to your liking.
- Remove the chicken from the pan, leaving the juices, and place on a plate to rest covered in foil.
- Add the remaining oil and butter in the skillet and stir fry the vegetables for about 5 minutes or until cooked to your liking.
- Remove the vegetables from the pan and place in a bowl covered with foil to keep warm.
- Following the packet directions, add 3 cups of water and a dash of oil to the skillet, add the rice mix, and when boiling cover, reduce the heat and simmer for about eight minutes.
- Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces while the rice is cooking then add to the vegetables.
- When the rice is ready, stir through the chicken and vegetable mix then remove from heat, cover and rest for 5 minutes before serving.
This recipe serves four adults and has plenty of taste and veggies to satisfy nearly everyone. We had it for dinner on Monday night. The meal went down very well judging by the absence of leftovers.
As always don’t be afraid to experiment and substitute ingredients that are more readily available in your part of the world. Drop me a line to let me know what you’ve done to make this recipe your own.
Questions and comments are always appreciated.
Have Fun and Happy Cooking
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