Chicken Rice – My Comfort Food

If you have had a very long day and simply the idea of heading to your kitchen brings tears to your eyes, this is the ideal dish for you. My quick-fix recipe needs only a few minutes to make children as well as adults absolutely love it.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  1. Chicken Breast (Boneless, cut into thin strips)                                200 gms
  2. Rice                                                                                                            2 cups
  3. Butter                                                                                                         1 tsp
  4. Olive oil                                                                                                      1 tsp
  5. Fried Onions                                                                                             1/4 cup
  6. Onions (medium sized,chopped finely)                                               2
  7. Garlic (chopped finely)                                                                            1 tbsp
  8. Ginger (grated)                                                                                          1 tsp
  9. Tomatoes (medium sized, chopped)                                                     2
  10. Vegetable/Chicken Stock                                                                         4 cups
  11. Salt                                                                                                                to taste
  12. Green Chillies (optional)

Whole Spices

  1. Green Cardamom                                                                                      2
  2. Cloves                                                                                                           4
  3. Cinnamon stick (medium sized)                                                             1
  4. Peppercorns                                                                                                 5-6
  5. Bay Leaf                                                                                                        1

Powdered Spices

  1. Coriander Powder                                                                                       1 tsp
  2. Red Chilli Powder                                                                                       1/4 tsp
  3. Garam Masala Powder                                                                               1 tsp

Procedure:

  1. Add Butter and oil to a pressure cooker or any deep bottomed pan with alid and turn the flame on high.
  2. Once the oil heats up, the all the whole spices except for the bay leaf. As soon as it begins to splutter, add onions, garlic, ginger, green chillies and fry them.
  3. When these vegetables start to brown, add tomatoes and cook.
  4. Add the powdered spices and continue to cook.
  5. Add the chicken strips and fry for 2-3 minutes before adding washed rice and frying everything together.
  6. Now add the salt and bay leaf and mix evenly till everything begins to come together.
  7. Add stock and put the lid on the pressure cooker (or pan)
  8. Cook till the first whistle of the pressure cooker (if you are using a pan, cook till the entire water gets absorbed)
  9. Turn the flame off and let it rest for a while. Garnish it with coriander leaves, mint leaves and fried onions.
  10. Serve hot with Boondi Raita and Salad

Tip: If you want to make this healthier, substitute chicken/vegetable stock for water.

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