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Chicken and Rice with Mushrooms

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 1 hr, 45 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
A small amount of dried porcini mushrooms goes a long way. Using the reconstituted mushrooms and their soaking liquid gives this one-dish meal a rich, earthy flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms (about 1/4 ounce)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup uncooked brown basmati rice
  • 2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

Nutrition Information

  • calories 398
  • fat 12.8 g
  • satfat 2.4 g
  • monofat 6.7 g
  • polyfat 2.4 g
  • protein 30.8 g
  • carbohydrate 40.7 g
  • fiber 6.1 g
  • cholesterol 94 mg
  • iron 3.6 mg
  • sodium 620 mg
  • calcium 49 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine 2 cups boiling water and porcini mushrooms; let stand for 20 minutes. Drain through a sieve over a bowl, reserving soaking liquid. Finely chop mushrooms.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken mixture to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until chicken is browned, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from pan.

  3. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and cremini mushrooms; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in reserved porcini liquid, chopped porcini, and rice; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer gently for 35 minutes. Stir in the reserved chicken, peas, and thyme. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until rice is tender and chicken is done.