Friday, February 7, 2014

one pot spicy chicken with rice

This was on our dinner menu for this Saturday but we unexpectedly got a big dumping of snow- enough for school to be cancelled for two days so I needed some good comfort food.  Comfort food this is!  I loved it.  It's spicy yet the orange peppers and dried fruit give it just the right amount of sweetness...and you only have to dirty clean one pot.  It's a one pot wonder!

one pot spicy chicken with rice (adapted from epicurious and  everybody likes sandwiches)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large chicken breasts, filleted
ground cloves, sprinkling
1 orange bell pepper, diced
1 onion, chopped
1/3 cup dried fruit (I used a mixture of raisins, craisins and dried apricots)
4 bay leaves
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sambal olek (garlic chile sauce)
1 cup brown jasmine or brown basmati rice
2 cups chicken broth

Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat.  Sprinkle chicken generously with salt and pepper then lightly with ground cloves.  Add chicken to skillet and saute until brown, about 5 minutes per side.  Transfer chicken to plate.
Add bell peppers, onions, fruit, bay leaves, garlic and sambal olek to pot.  Saute until veggies begin to soften, about 2 minutes.  Add rice; stir 1 minute.  Press chicken into rice.  Add 2 cups broth; bring to boil.  Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender, adding more broth if dry.

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