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Simple Chicken and Rice

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 1/4cup
Prep 15 mins Cook 20 mins
Simple Chicken and Rice
Ingredients
  • 4  skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4  cup  Spiced Tomato-Mushroom Blend (see recipe below)
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1  cup  long grain rice
  • 1 1/2  cups  fresh sugar snap pea pods
  •  Fresh parsley (optional)
  •  Lemon wedges (optional)
Directions

1. Lightly coat chicken with 1 tablespoon of the spice blend.

2. In large skillet cook chicken in hot olive oil over medium heat for 2 minutes on each side; remove from skillet. Stir remaining spice blend and rice into skillet; cook 1 minute. Add 2-1/2 cups water; return chicken to skillet. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes.

3. Add pea pods to skillet. Cover. Cook 5 minutes more or until rice is tender. Serve with parsley and lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.

Spiced Tomato-Mushroom Blend

Yield: 2 cups
Cool 15 mins Cook 8 mins
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  dried tomatoes (not oil pack)
  • 1  ounce  dried mushrooms* (shiitake or morel)
  • 1/2  cup  dried minced onion
  • 2  tablespoons  salt
  • 1  tablespoon  dried thyme
  • 1  tablespoon  cumin seed
  • 2  teaspoons  crushed red pepper
  • 1  teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cardamom
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground black pepper
Directions

1. In large bowl combine all ingredients. Place the mixture, one-fourth at a time, in blender. Cover and blend 30 seconds or until tomatoes are finely chopped. Transfer to storage container. Refrigerate; use seasoning blend within 1 month. Makes 8 (1/4-cup) portions.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • To remove grit from dried mushrooms, place in sieve and rinse under cold running water. Drain and pat dry. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until dry and crisp.
Nutrition Facts (Simple Chicken and Rice)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 428,
  • Fat, total (g) 9,
  • chol. (mg) 82,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 46,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 3,
  • sugar (g) 4,
  • pro. (g) 38,
  • vit. A (IU) 49,
  • vit. C (mg) 6,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 18,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 117,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 625,
  • Potassium (mg) 529,
  • calcium (mg) 81,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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