Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield
8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup rice mixture and about 1/4 cup tomato topping)

A sauce of fresh cilantro, green onions, ginger, and garlic is stirred into the cooked rice to give it intense fragrance and flavor. Shiitake mushrooms add an earthy, smoky flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare rice, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add mushrooms, green onion bottoms, ginger piece, and crushed garlic; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in rice, cumin, and chicken; cook 1 minute. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.

Step 3

To prepare sauce, place cilantro and next 5 ingredients (cilantro through peeled garlic clove) in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Stir into rice mixture. Discard ginger piece.

Step 4

To prepare topping, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons green onion tops. Place rice mixture in a large bowl; spoon tomato topping over rice. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

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