Rice with Chicken and Sour Cherries

Sticky rice mixes well with the sweet-tart mixture of cherries and chicken in this easy main dish recipe.

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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Cook:
35 mins
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Rice with Chicken and Sour Cherries

Ingredients
2 2/3
cups water
1 1/3
cups short- or medium-grain white rice
1/2
teaspoon salt
12
ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
small onion, finely chopped (1/3 cup)
1
tablespoon cooking oil or olive oil
2
tablespoons margarine or butter
1 1/3
cups dried tart cherries
1
tablespoon sugar
1/4
teaspoon ground saffron or turmeric
2
tablespoons hot water
2
tablespoons chopped pistachios and/or slivered almonds
 
Fresh chive sprigs (optional)
 
Snipped dried tart cherries (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan bring water, uncooked rice, and the 1/2 teaspoon salt to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with the salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet cook onion in hot oil until tender. Add chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until no pink remains. Transfer chicken and onion to a bowl; set aside.
  3. In the same skillet melt the margarine or butter over medium heat. Press half of the cooked rice evenly in skillet using the back of a greased spoon. Cook, uncovered, without stirring, for 8 minutes or until brown and crispy on bottom.
  4. Meanwhile, add remaining cooked rice, the 1-1/3 cups cherries, and the sugar to the chicken mixture; toss to combine. Spread mixture over top of the rice. Dissolve saffron or turmeric in hot water; drizzle the saffron or turmeric mixture over top. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Carefully invert onto a serving plater. Sprinkle nuts on top before serving. Garnish with chives and additional tart cherries, if desired. Makes 6 main-dish servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Rice with Chicken and Sour Cherries)
    Per serving:
  • 571 kcal cal.,
  • 14 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 45 mg chol.,
  • 516 mg sodium,
  • 86 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 23 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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