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!
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.
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.
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.*
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……
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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Well, the Holiday Season is upon us. Whether I have to drag you kicking and screaming and inject you with season cheer. Or if you’ve had your finger on the Christmas tree lights while wearing your reindeer antlers. It’s here. Alas! Now me, I’m a holiday person. Pumpkin pie, dress the turkey, trim the tree, hang the stockings. Yes to all of it! But once the holiday is over-I’m over it. The next day: Tree-gone! Lights on the house-gone! Let’s not dwell and start thinking about the new year. But while it is here, I really do enjoy every moment of it. So this year one of the ways we’re going to enjoy it is by having some friends over for a Craft Beer Tasting Party!
Santa likes craft beer as much as I do! Or I inadvertently placed that there.
Usually when we have a party it’s BYOB and a dish to pass. Which is great as the host I only have to come up with one dish and also get to try all the great food that our friends make. This year I’m making Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip. It’s a dish that I see on almost every brew pub menu so it’s a great appetizer for this party. Let’s get cooking. Or stirring, because it’s that simple. Cook the spinach to package directions and make sure it’s strained. Mix all other ingredients together up until the shredded cheese. Split half into the mixture. Put dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted. Like I said, party perfect!
For the ultimate craft beer party a tasting set is key. It gives guests a unique way to experience craft beer. Each glass contains a tasting marker for what beer goes best with what glass. These also make spectacular Christmas gifts for the Craft Beer Lover in your life.
Since we are having a craft beer party I thought I would throw out the usual BYOB for this party and call it the ‘Sixer Mixer’. Bring a six pack of beer for all to share. Some like IPA’s, some like Hefeweizen. Some like Pilsners, some like Stouts. Beer has a unique talent of finding just the right one for you. Plus this beer sharing goes perfectly with the fun game that we’re playing, Brew Haha! Can you get creative enough to beat your friends?
And finally what is a party without music? Hook up the Friday Afternoon Speaker and crank up the jams. Crack your beer open, tip it over then put the phone in the now available ‘holder’. I highly suggest queuing up some Yelawolf. He is backed up by a Michigan native, maybe you’ve heard of him, Eminem! If you have someone on your gift list that loves music and beer, this would make a great gift.
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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Party On & Happy Holidays!