2017 March

Comfort Food Favorite: Chicken Pot Pie Rice with Della’s Light Brown Basmati

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Spring weather is always a little unpredictable. Some days are a taste of summer and others remind us that winter is still lingering! For the latter we’ve whipped up one of our favorite comfort food recipes to date. A healthy makeover of a stick-to-your-ribs comfort classic, this Chicken Pot Pie rice is simply the best! To cut down on time we went semi-homemade with this recipe and used puff pastry for the pie dough and frozen mixed veggies. Our recipes are always adaptable so if you want to throw in some fresh, in season, Spring vegetables, go for it! We love seeing our recipes creating a stir in your kitchen! Hashtag #CreatAStir and tag us at @DellaRice on social! On to the recipe…

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Chicken Pot Pie Rice Bake

 Ingredients:

2 C Yoga Light Brown Organic Brown Rice, Cooked as directed

2-3 Chicken Breasts, poached and shredded (or can use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken)

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

1 Bag of Frozen Vegetable Medley (Peas, carrots, corn and beans)

3 Cups Chicken Stock

¼ Cup Flour

¼ Cup Half & Half

1 Puff Pastry

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Directions:

  1. Cook the Della Light BrownBasmati Rice, as directed.
  2. Poach the chicken (If using rotisserie chicken skip this step): In a large stock pot, place the chicken breasts in the bottom making sure they don’t overlap. Pour chicken stock or water over the chicken, adding just enough so it covers them plus a bit of room. Season with salt and pepper. Bring water to a boil. Once it is at a boil for a couple minutes, turn heat to low and cover. Simmer covered for about 8 min. Then turn off the burner and allow the chicken continue to cook in the hot liquid for 15-20 min or until chicken is cooked through. Keep covered. Once it is done remove it from the pot and cool completely. Once cooled, shred chicken.
  3. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat, then add the onion. Cook until the onion starts to turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the vegetable medley and cook for another 3-4 min.
  4. Stir in the chicken and then sprinkle the flour over the top and stir it until it’s all combined with the vegetables. Cook for 1 minute, then pour in the chicken broth and stir it around and let it cook and thicken.
  5. Add the half-and-half or cream, then stir the mixture and let it bubble up and thicken, about 3 minutes. Add the cooked rice. (you may not need all of it!)
  6. Pour the filling into a large baking dish. Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface and lay it over the top of the dish. Press the dough so that the edges stick to the outside of the pan. Use a knife to cut little vents.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the crust is deep golden brown and the filling is bubbly.

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Chicken Gyro Lemon Zest Rice Salad by ‘Stirmaker’ Kate

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As soon as I opened the bag of Lemon Zest rice, I was struck by the bold flavors of lemon and oregano and knew that this rice would pair beautifully with Greek flavors.  Specifically, I thought of a longtime favorite recipe of mine, Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce.  When I took the first bite of the rice salad, I knew my instinct was spot on.  The lemon and oregano flavors pair beautifully with the feta and mint in the salad.  The other spices in the rice add a nice depth of flavor without having to empty your spice rack.

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Using rice instead of pita not only makes the dish gluten free, but also it keeps my hands clean, since I can never seem to eat a gyro without making a mess!  And another benefit of the rice salad format is that as the weather gets warmer, it makes for the perfect dish to bring to a picnic or BBQ.  I’m looking forward to eating this on the beach this summer as part of a dinner picnic!

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Chicken Gyro Lemon Zest Rice Salad

INGREDIENTS

Chicken

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

zest and juice of half a lemon

1 large clove of garlic, minced

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

Tzatziki sauce

¼ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt

¼ cup light sour cream

½ cup cucumber, seeded and diced

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Rice salad

1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 green pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 cup Della lemon zest rice

1 plum tomato, diced

1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup purple cabbage or crunchy lettuce, diced

1/4 cup raw red onion, minced

a few fresh mint leaves, torn into small pieces

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Trim the chicken and cut it into 1” (2.5 cm) cubes. In a medium bowl, combine the lemon, garlic, and spices then toss the chicken strips in the spice mixture to coat them. Let the chicken rest in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the tzatziki sauce and stir well to combine thoroughly.
  4. Put 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet and heat over medium. Add the chicken to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, turning frequently, until the pieces are cooked through. Transfer chicken to a medium bowl and cover bowl with a plate to keep chicken warm.
  5. Add the remaining teaspoon olive oil to the same large skillet. Sauté the yellow onion and green pepper for about 3 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic, oregano, and cooked chicken and cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds, until garlic is fragrant and chicken is hot.
  6. Combine everything but the tzatziki sauce in a big bowl and stir to combine. Serve warm, at room temperature, or cold. Pass the tzatziki sauce separately.

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Chicken Gyro Lemon Zest Rice Salad

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One Pan Blackened Cajun Chicken and Shrimp by ‘Stirmaker’ Jayna

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We’ve been lucky to have some warmer days lately here in Colorado, but as a native I know we’re not out of winter yet! On those days when it’s chilly outside I find myself gravitating towards heat in the kitchen. It’s a lot easier to feel cozy with a big bowl of full of something spicy, just like this dish. The only downside to big flavors is that it can sometimes mean even bigger messes. That’s why I was so excited to find the one-pan inspiration for this recipe. I added lots of veggies and upped the Cajun flavor with shrimp. It’s quick and easy to make and clean up is a snap. All the more time to curl up with a blanket and wait for spring!

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One Pan Blackened Cajun Chicken and Shrimp

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tbs avocado oil

4 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1/2 lb)

½ lb shrimp, cleaned and deveined

1 cup Della’s Basmati and Quinoa Rice blend

½ red, yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped

½ small yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 15 oz can diced tomatos

1.5 cups chicken or beef broth

2 T Cajun seasoning (store bought or recipe below)

Fresh parsley

1 avocado, sliced

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For Cajun seasoning:

2 tsp salt

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp paprika

½ tsp ground black pepper

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp cayenne powder

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp thyme

½ tsp red pepper flakes

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large skillet heat 1Tbs avocado oil (or olive oil) over medium heat. Rub chicken and shrimp in half of the Cajun seasoning. When pan is hot add chicken. Cook until both sides are well browned. Remove and set aside on a plate for later. Repeat with shrimp. Cover plate with tin foil to keep warm.
  2. In the same pan (we want that left over flavor!) add the remaining Tbs of avocado oil, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook until onion is just translucent.
  3. Add the chicken broth, canned tomatoes, Della’s Basmati and Quinoa rice blend and remaining Cajun seasoning to pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice has absorbed most of the liquid.
  4. Nestle the chicken and shrimp into the rice mixture, cover and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until internal thermometer on chicken reads 165 degrees.
  5. Top with freshly topped parsley and avocado.

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