Jul 9, 2010
Hillary

Broccoli Chicken Rice

Broccoli, Chicken Rice. A fantastic (almost) one pot wonder!

It’s funny how when you’re a kid, grown ups look like they have the coolest and most entertaining life! They get to go to bed whenever they want, they get to dress up for work every day, and follow their own rules and schedules. What you don’t see as a kid is how hectic everything really is. With each year, comes a new responsibility, my daily to-do list gets longer and my days get shorter and shorter. I was driving home tonight after work and I was thinking of everything that I managed to squeeze in the day but then also thought of everything else I wanted to accomplish before my head hit the pillow. Some days I wake up and think there’s no way all this is going to get done, but in some little miracle it all does.

It’s after these exhausting days that I love coming home and making dinner with Jordan. I don’t know if I’ve shared this with y’all, but Jor and I like to plan out our dinner menu for the week each Saturday morning. It makes grocery shopping that much easier and organized. We have to make periodic trips to the store throughout the week for our meats, we like to buy that fresh, but other than that, we can get home and don’t have to stare in the fridge and cabinets rustling our brains for a dinner creation to throw together. The work is already done! So on my drives home, I look forward to unwinding and enjoying some quality time with Jor just talking about the day and making a delicious dinner.

As always I LOVE my one pot wonders. For the most part, these meals are done in no time so they aren’t as daunting after a super long and packed day of work. Today I want to share one that I think is delicious as well as comforting: broccoli chicken rice. You cook the rice in chicken broth, which gives the rice a hearty, warm taste and the addition of the broccoli, chicken and parmesan cheese is perfect. This is always a favorite in my house but ALWAYS makes an appearance at the table if someone is feeling under the weather with the cold or flu. It’s everything my mom swears by when we are sick: chicken broth, chicken and rice. Rice is considered a healing food, chicken broth just makes you feel better hearing the word when you’re sick and chicken to get your protein!

Here’s what you’ll need to pull together for this wonderful recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup dry rice (Basmati or Aborio works well)
  • 2 cups of good chicken broth
  • Broccoli (about 2 small heads worth)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • drizzle of olive oil

The best place to start, is the chicken. Preheat the oven to 375, line a baking sheet with tinfoil and drizzle a little bit of olive oil on both sides of the chicken breasts. I sprinkle mine with a little bit of salt, pepper, and garlic powder and then bake them in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until they are done. Pretty low key!

While the chicken is baking, start the rice. Pour the chicken broth into the pot on medium heat and allow it to boil. The rice can then be added, the heat is turned down to medium low (a simmer) and the pot is covered. If you’re using Aborio rice, you want to first drizzle just a bit of olive oil into the pot, pour in your rice and allow it to saute for just a few minutes and then add the chicken broth. The rice could take between 20-30 minutes, all dependent on what rice you choose to use for the dish.

The broccoli can be cooked in a smaller pot on the stove by just boiling water and dropping it in for approximately 3-5 minutes. It’ll be done in the amount of time that it takes to stir rice and check on your chicken so I start it when my rice has almost absorbed all the liquid and I have about five minutes till I’m ready to serve. Drain the broccoli and run cold water over it to stop the cooking (you want it to stay a bright green and have a slight crunch).

Before I add the chicken and broccoli to my rice, I like to first stir in parmesan cheese, basil and any other herbs strike my fancy that evening. It’s so much easier not having to stir that all in when I’m fighting to work around pieces of chicken or miniature trees! However, the combining of the chicken, broccoli and rice is the last step of putting the meal together! With a little french bread on the side and an extra dusting of fresh parmesan cheese on top, your meal is ready to eat!

This really is a quick and easy meal to throw together in the middle of the week. It has all the nutrients you need whether you’re sick or it’s just a normal run around day for you. You’ve got your green vegetable, your grain and carbs, and then of course the all important protein in one bowl! Fantastic!

When sharing our favorite meals with everyone, I hope they bring you new ideas and the encouragement to end your busy day with a quick but delicious homemade meal. Instead of thinking of it as a chore, think of it as treating yourself. You deserve it after the non-stop day and never ending to-do list! For now, that’s broccoli chicken rice…in the shell of a nut!

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