Easy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe! A Crowd Pleaser

Lebanese Chicken & Rice (Riz3dejaj)

Lebanese Chicken & Brown Rice (Riz 3 dejaj)

Chicken & rice is a great dinner recipe to make for your family & friends.  It’s delicious & easy, by adding almonds on top you  take it from ordinary to extraordinary. With just one chicken, few cups of rice and you get a great dish that’s sure to please.

I love chicken, and I have to say this is one of my favorite dishes. The chicken is moist, juicy & tasty.   Every time I call my friend Mona & co-author of our e-cook book “Merriam’s & Mona’s Lebanese Table” she is making chicken & rice.

  Merriam’s Double Boil Chicken 

Boiling chicken

Whole chicken w/stock

I like to double boil the chicken.  For those of you who have not heard of double boiling chicken, it’s a method of removing fat that surfaces when cooking the chicken without standing at the stove & removing it with a spoon.

In a large stock pot, add the chicken cover with water, let it come to a boil then discard all the water.  Remove & wash the chicken (this is first boil), put back the chicken into a clean pot, add in one onion,  a couple of bay leaves, salt & pepper, a couple of carrots, half bunch of parsley.  Cook for 45 minutes to an hour.(second boil).

Remove the chicken, discard the carrots, onion & parsley.  The stock will be used to cook the rice.

Lebanese Chicken & Rice

1 whole chicken Cooked with stock

2-3 cups of uncle ben’s brown rice (you can use uncle ben’s white rice if you prefer)

1/2 lb of ground beef (90% lean)

Brown Rice with Meat

Brown Rice with Ground Beef

1/4 cup of light olive oil

1 tsp 7 spices

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1-2 mastic crushed with a little sugar

1 onion chopped

5 cloves of garlic minced

 ¼ cup of slivered almond toasted

½ cup pine nuts toasted (optional)

4-5 cups of the chicken stock

1/4 tsp salt

In a medium size pot add the oil, onions, garlic & sauté  until translucent, add the ground beef and cook until meat is browned well.  Add the rice with all the spices.  Add chicken stock & cook the rice, for each cup of rice use 1 & ½ cup of stock , enough to cover the rice, bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat.

If the rice is a little under cooked you can always add a little more stock.  With Uncle Ben’s rice you can do that it’s so forgiving.  Fluff with a fork.  Melt the butter in a saute’ pan, add the almonds saute’ until golden & almost brown, remove from pan then saute pine nuts if using till golden brown.  Plate rice on a serving dish, top with the shredded chicken, then almonds & pine nuts.

Soup 

Chicken Broth & Vermicilli noodles

Chicken Broth with Vermicilli Noodles

With the remaining stock, bring a medium size pot, on low heat, add  1 tbs of butter, ½ cup of vermicelli noodles cook until almost brown, add in the stock cook for 10 minutes for a great tasting soup.  Garnish with parsley & serve as a meal starter for your dinner.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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