My Dad’s Chicken & Rice

My Dad’s Chicken & Rice is a chicken and rice recipe that you will want to have in your back pocket for busy nights.  Fancy mixed vegetables, crispy chicken, mushrooms and crunchy water chestnuts make this a delicious dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes!

My Dads Chicken and Rice in a bowl with a craft beer off to the side.

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 he 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.  Sunday’s here usually start with Swedish Pancakes and end with a big comforting meal like Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast.

My Dads Chicken and Rice in a bowl with a craft beer off to the side.

For quick weeknight dinners though, I look to this chicken and rice recipe.  It’s full of chicken, meaty mushrooms, and crunchy water chestnuts.  Perfect when you want a one-dish meal that goes from stove to table with little cleanup.

How to make My Dad’s Chicken & Rice:

First, take the chicken and cut into cubes.  On a plate, put the flour, garlic powder, and pepper.  Dredge the chicken in the mixture coating all pieces.

Chicken covered with flour on a plate.

In the bottom of a large pan, I use a covered stockpot, heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of a pan.

Add the chicken to the pan and cook until all the chicken is nice and crispy around 10 minutes.  Stirring occasionally to make sure all parts are browned.  *Look at that! Again, this is what makes this dish amazing.*

Cooked chicken on a plate.
Once the chicken has cooked take it out of the pan and set aside.  In the same pan add butter and let it melt.  Add the sliced mushrooms and chopped onion.  Cook until the mushrooms start to shrink and the onions are browned.

To the pan add the chicken back in.  Now add the wet ingredients: chicken broth, fancy mixed vegetables (do not drain liquid), water chestnuts (do not drain liquid), and soy sauce.

Finally to the pot add the rice and stir it all together.  Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes check to see if you need to add any additional chicken stock so that the rice doesn’t dry out and stir so the rice doesn’t stick to the pan.

If there’s still plenty of liquid allow to cook another 5-8 minutes covered.

Taste to make sure that the rice has cooked thoroughly and then add salt, pepper, and more soy sauce to your taste. I always end up adding more but please add at your discretion.  Top with some crunchy noodles.

Tips for making My Dad’s Chicken & Rice:

  • The key to really good chicken and rice is making sure the chicken in really crispy.  In order to do that it means cooking the chicken separate from the mushrooms and onions.

And here you are……

My Dads Chicken and Rice in a bowl with a craft beer and a pot of Chicken and Rice off to the side.

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

Originally published March of 2016. Updated photos & recipe July of 2018.

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My Dad's Chicken & Rice
This is 'my Dad's' Chicken & Rice recipe. A hearty meal of chicken, fancy mixed vegetables, and instant rice that cooks up in under 30 minutes.
My Dads Chicken and Rice | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Ingredients
My Dads Chicken and Rice | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take the chicken and cut into cubes. On a plate, put the flour, garlic powder, and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the mixture coating all pieces.
  2. In the bottom of a large pan, I use a covered stock pot, heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of a pan. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until all the chicken is nice and crispy, around 10 minutes. Stiring occasially to make sure all parts are browned. Once the chicken has cooked take it out of the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan add butter and let it melt. Add the sliced mushrooms and chopped onion. Cook until the mushrooms start to shrink and the onions are browned.
  4. To the pan add the chicken back in. Now add the wet ingredients: chicken broth, fancy mixed vegetables (do not drain liquid), water chestnuts (do not dain liquid), and soy sauce. Finally to the pot add the rice and stir it all together.
  5. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes check to see if you need to add any additional chicken stock so that the rice doesn't dry out. If there's still plenty of liquid allow to cook another 5-8 minutes covered.
  6. Taste to make sure that the rice has cooked thoroughly and then add salt, pepper and more soy sauce to your taste. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips for making My Dad's Chicken & Rice:

  • The key to really good chicken and rice is making sure the chicken in really crispy.  In order to do that it means cooking the chicken separate from the mushrooms and onions.

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing is a great recipe to shake up taco!  Spicy chorizo, beef, loads of toppings and a delicious dressing make for the ultimate fiesta.

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I have to admit that I have never imaged that I would one day say that a ‘taco salad’ was appealing to me. In a sense, isn’t a taco in general, a taco salad? It has all the elements it’s just assembled differently and adds a lot more lettuce—and is that a good thing? Up until I made this recipe I would say a definite, “No!”  My mind changed though when I decided to play around in the kitchen and created this chorizo and beef taco salad.

For this Cinco de Mayo inspired Mitten Movie Night, I remade and shot one of the very first posts I made.  Wow, has my photography came a long way.  Guess what though?  The recipe was just as delicious then as it is now.  Okay, enough patting myself on the back!

What beer pairs well with Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad?

The beer:  Modelo Especial.

We are drinking some Modelo Especial and catching up on Better Call Saul.  If you don’t follow me on social media you may not have heard that we recently moved into a new house :’)  So in between moving and everything we haven’t had time to catch up on the 2nd Season that just started. This show is in my Top 5 of shows, it’s awesome.

What TV shows go well with eating tacos and drinking beer?

If you are interested in 5 shows that I am in love with for future viewing here they are:

  1. 30 Rock.  Tina Fey is my idol. The question ‘Who would you want to have lunch with dead or alive.’ It would be her 100%.  A close 2nd would be Steve Martin. A 3rd would be any cast of any season of Saturday Night Live. Some great things have come out of that show.
  2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  So cute! And of course, let me refer to #1…Produced by Tina Fey.
  3. Shameless.  All of the actors in this series are spot on.
  4. A new one that just came out and surprised me was Santa Clarita Diet.  It reminded me a lot of Weeds.  Great show!
  5. And finally Better Call Saul.

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now let’s get on to this taco salad recipe!  When I first made this I had the intention of making the taco bowls on my own using flour tortillas but then scratched that when I found these Fiesta Flats.  They worked out perfectly because we ate them like tacos with a little flair and then the 3 yr old could scoop his goodies by himself.

How to make Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing:

First, for the taco salad, let’s get our meat and beans cooking on the stove top. Add your chorizo and ground hamburger to a pan.

I was sad that when I had plans to make this I found a great recipe from Mexican Please on how to make your own Easy Homemade Chorizo but I wasn’t able to find chilies in our local grocery store so I did purchase the local fare.  If you have a chance though check out this recipe and make it for yourself!

Sprinkle the cumin and chili powder on top. Start sautéing everything together over medium/high heat until the sausage and meat are completely cooked through and no longer pink.

When cooked put the meat into a strainer to drain off the grease, chorizo has tons of it and you don’t want it making your taco shells soggy.  Drain, drain, drain!

Now the best part of this chorizo and beef taco salad, in my opinion, the lime-cilantro dressing. It’s amazing and well worth getting out and cleaning your food processor (can you tell I find this to be a chore?) Put all ingredients in the food processor-EXCEPT THE OIL.

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Ok, now we can get to the oil. Put the lid on your food processor and you will then pour the oil slowly into the top while it chops up the ingredients you’ve already put into the bowl.

When it gets to the consistency you like then stop adding. I put a ½ cup of oil as a general rule but you may like it a little chunkier (that’s how I prefer it) over runny. Trust me, once you make this you will make it again and again so adjust until you get it the way you like it.

 A bonus recipe for GREAT Mexican Rice:

I also recently perfected some rice that is amazing with anything that is spicy inspired that goes perfectly on this chorizo and beef taco salad.  This recipe is as simple as buying one of those pre-made packets. We live close to an amazing restaurant El Rodeo.  Everything they serve is pretty amazing and I wanted to recreate it at home and I think I nailed it!

Add rice, water, tomato & chicken bouillons, spices then frozen veggies as you like-I use corn & peas.  Now if only I can remake their Enchilada Sauce….I could eat that stuff in a bowl with a spoon it’s so good.

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Layer the chorizo and beef taco salad as you see fit.  I prefer lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, green onion then the Lime-Cilantro Dressing.

Heat up some refried beans and plate the rice.  Add some avocado and sour cream on top if desired.

And here you are….

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing
This Chorizo and Beef Taco Salad is tucked into crispy taco flats then topped with some delicious lime-cilantro dressing.
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Mexican Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Mexican Rice
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
  1. Add your chorizo and ground hamburger. Sprinkle the cumin and chili powder on top. Start sautéing everything together until the sausage and meat are completely cooked through and no longer pink. When cooked put the meat into a strainer to drain off.
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
  1. Add all ingredients but the oil. Put the top on the food processor. Add oil into the top funnel and blend until the consistency you prefer.
Mexican Rice
  1. Just add rice, water, tomato & chicken bouillons, spices then frozen veggies as you like-I use corn & peas.
  2. Layer as you see fit. I prefer lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, green onion then the Lime-Cilantro Dressing. Heat up some refried beans and plate the rice. Add some avocado and sour cream on top if desired. Enjoy!

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