My Dad’s Chicken & Rice

I’m serious when I say that I have been eating this meal most of my life. It’s a recipe that my dad invented, thus the name ‘My Dad’s Chicken & Rice’. He cooked it for us growing up and when I was old enough gave the recipe to me and I’ve been making it myself for about 20 years now.

My dad is a great cook! He makes the most unbelievable grilled chicken. My mouth is watering a little right now as I’m thinking about it. I want to think that he got his skills from my grandmother. On Sunday’s growing up we would have big dinners of lamb, creamed spinach and croissants. Dessert was almost always chocolate pudding with whipped cream. I loved those Sunday’s and I try and keep the tradition alive in our house where Sunday is a day for family and feasting.

Now back to the recipe because once you make ‘My Dad’s Chicken & Rice’ I know that it will quickly become a keeper you make for years yourself.  Gather up your ingredients.

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For years I made this recipe on the stovetop in a stockpot using quick cooking rice.  But this Christmas I asked for a Rice Cooker and started making it that way.  Let me tell you abut this rice cooker……

I LOVE IT!  I know a rice cooker seems like something you would use only occasionally but let me tell you that I use this thing all the time. It is a steamer, slow cooker and I pretty much haven’t used my large stockpot (with the exception of this soup) since I got it. If you do not have a rice cooker, please feel free to make this on your stovetop following the same instructions.

In the pan or in your rice cooker add the water, chicken bouillon, rice, soy sauce, water chestnuts and fancy mixed vegetables. If you are using the rice cooker it will let you know when it’s all cooked. If you are doing this on the stovetop follow the package directions for cooking 1 cup of quick cook rice.

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Now let’s cook your mushrooms and onions. I cook these separate from the chicken because the chicken will get soggy if cooked together and I like the chicken to be really crispy.  Just add a little butter or oil in the bottom of your pan and sauté until mushroom and onions have browned. Add them to your pot.

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Heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of the same pan used for the mushrooms and onions. Cut chicken into cubes and dredge into a mixture of flour, pepper and garlic powder.

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Add chicken to pan and fry until golden brown.
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Your rice should be cooked so now just add chicken as the final step and stir to combine all the goodness.

Chicken & Rice
With this recipe I make Chinese Slaw Salad to go with it. Here are the ingredient I use.

Chinese Slaw

Take your Ramen Noodles and break them up. Melt the butter and add the noodles to the pan, discard the packet you won’t be needing it. Brown the dry noodles to your liking for a crunchy topping on this salad.

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Take the wet ingredients plus the brown sugar and mix together.  Chop the lettuce and put it in a bowl.  Add the bag of coleslaw mix.  Top with dressing.  Stir to mix.  Top with Ramen Noodles.  Right before serving I cut a lime I half and squirt over the top.  It just adds a great citrus kick to it.

Chinese Slaw

Plate it all up and here you are…..

Chicken & Rice

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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My Dad's Chicken & Rice
Delicious Chicken & Rice meal the whole family will love. Serve with Chinese Slaw Salad, recipe included.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
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servings
Ingredients
My Dad's Chicken & Rice
Chinese Slaw Salad
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
My Dad's Chicken & Rice
Chinese Slaw Salad
Instructions
My Dad's Chicken & Rice
  1. Add the water, chicken bouillon, rice, soy sauce, water chestnuts and fancy mixed vegetables. If you are using the rice cooker it will let you know when it’s all cooked. If you are doing this on the stovetop follow the package directions for cooking 1 cup of quick cook rice.
  2. Cook your mushrooms and onions using add a little butter or oil in the bottom of your pan and sauté until mushroom and onions have browned. Add them to your pot.
  3. Heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of the same pan used for the mushrooms and onions. Cut chicken into cubes and dredge into a mixture of flour, pepper and garlic powder. Add chicken to pan and fry until golden brown.
  4. Once rice is done cooking add chicken to the pan. Stir to combine all ingredients. Serve.
Chinese Slaw Salad
  1. Take your Ramen Noodles and break them up. Melt the butter and add the noodles to the pan, discard the packet you won’t be needing it. Brown the dry noodles to your liking.
  2. Take the wet ingredients plus the brown sugar and mix together.
  3. Chop the lettuce and put it in a bowl. Add the bag of coleslaw mix. Top with dressing. Stir to mix. Top with Ramen Noodles.
  4. Right before serving I cut a lime I half and squirt over the top.
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Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup

I first made this Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup recipe as something quick to take my best friend who was sick in the hospital. I was originally going to make a pasta dish with most of these ingredients but adjusted it on the fly to make the ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup to take to her so she could skip the hospital food. I’m glad I did because it has become something that I now make, a lot.

The topping on this is homemade croutons and a sprinkle of parmesan. The croutons give it really good crunch. They are so easy to make so I almost always double the batch to have them on hand for salads.

So gather your ingredients and let’s get started!

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First, let’s make the croutons so that they can cook while you whip the soup up. I purchased these 2 buns at my local store.  **Tip: You know those leftover one off buns that you always end up with after eating brats or hot dogs? I keep a large freezer bag and add those to it when I get them and freeze them. When I want to make croutons I take out whatever amount I need defrost them to make this.

Cut the bread up into chunks and pour the oil & spice over the top. Use your hands to combine all the goodness.

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Spread on a baking sheet and pop into the oven at 350 degrees. Takes about 20 minutes. I just leave it in the oven to let it chill out and they are usually perfect if I take them out when I’m done making this soup.

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Now onto the soup.  Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened.  Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.

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Now add your sausage and cook until browned. This right here I could just eat with a spoon. Forget the other stuff!

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Oh, but the other stuff is so good.   Once the sausage is cooked I usually either drain this on a plate with a paper towel or drain in colander. I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.  I now also add the other half of my butter.

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Flick a couple times with the spoon. That is literally how fast this cooks.

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Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.

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You’re almost done. See how quick that was! Now just add the water, chicken bouillon and gnocchi. Bring your pot to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.

Now add your parmesan and take the croutons out of the oven.

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Serve it up and add croutons & additional parmesan.  And here you are……

Spinach Soup
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

 

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Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
The ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup with crunchy homemade croutons.
Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup
Crunchy Croutons
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup
Crunchy Croutons
Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
Instructions
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup
  1. Melt butter and sauté onion until softened. Add garlic and sausage. Sautee until the sausage is cooked through. Once cooked take sausage off and drain.
  2. Leave a little oil from the sausage in the pot and add spinach. Cook until wilted.
  3. Chop tomato and add to pot along with spinach. Add the sausage back into the pot.
  4. Add water, chicken bouillon and potato gnocchi. Bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. At the end of the 10 minutes add parmesan cheese.
  6. Serve with croutons & additional parmesan.
Crunchy Croutons
  1. Cube bread. Add oil, Italian herbs and garlic powder. Mix with hands to coat bread with oil & spices. Spread on baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
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