Looking for a tasty dish to serve guests that doesn’t break the bank? Try this recipe for baked chicken thighs with rice from the October 2010 edition of Cooking Light. It is a little time consuming although the result is great and the leftovers are even better! I substituted the onion for celery (since I am sensitive to onion) and made my own chicken stock (since most store bought varieties contain yeast, sugar, onion or all of them). I also used whole grain wild rice instead of the white rice for a little extra nutrition, although this may alter the cooking time and you may want to add extra water into the pan (since brown rice uses more water to cook than its white counterpart).
As you can see in the photo, we served this meal with butternut squash cooked with a touch of maple syrup. I hope you enjoy this economical recipe, and let me know what you think!
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 carrot, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add 4 chicken thighs to pan; sauté 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from pan. Repeat with remaining chicken.
3. Add carrot and celery to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add rice; sauté 1 minute. Spoon rice mixture into a 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish coated with cooking spray; stir in broth, 1/4 cup water, and cream. Arrange chicken over rice mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until chicken is done.
I am sharing this recipe with Everyday Sisters.
Is brown rice healthier for you than white rice? What are the benefits of brown rice and the costs associated with subsituting it for white rice?
From what I have read, brown rice has more fiber, is a whole grain, and has a lower glycemic level. Brown rice is sometimes a bit more expensive, but if you purchase in bulk the cost difference is minimal.