Sunday, November 11, 2007

Skillet Chicken and Rice with Peas and Scallions

(stolen from America's Test Kitchen...I know, the directions are a little...wordy. Ignore the links. I couldn't get rid of them. They go no where.)

This is a favorite because it only takes ONE pan.

Prep Time :15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Be sure to use chicken breasts that are roughly the same size to ensure even cooking.

Serves 4


boneless, skinless chicken breasts(6 to 8 ounces each)

Table salt and ground black pepper


cup unbleached all-purpose flour


tablespoons vegetable oil


tablespoons unsalted butter


medium onion, minced


medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)

Pinch red pepper flakes

1 1/2

cups long-grain rice


cup dry white wine (or chicken broth)

4 1/2

cups low-sodium chicken broth


cup frozen peas


scallions, sliced thin


tablespoons fresh lemon juice


lemon, cut into wedges, for serving

1. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in flour to coat and shake off any excess. Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Brown the chicken well on one side, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.

2. Off the heat, add the butter to the skillet, and swirl to melt. Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and return to medium-high heat until softened, 2 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the rice thoroughly and let toast for about 30 seconds.

3. Stir in the wine and let the rice absorb it completely, about 1 minute. Stir in the broth, scraping up any browned bits. Nestle the chicken into the rice, browned side facing up, including any accumulated juices. Cover and cook over medium heat until the thickest part of the chicken registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 10 minutes.

4. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate. Gently brush off and discard any rice clinging to the chicken, then tent the chicken with foil and set aside. Return the skillet of rice to medium-low heat, cover, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, 8 to 12 minutes longer.

5. Off the heat, sprinkle the peas over the rice, cover, and let warm through, about 2 minutes. Add the scallions and lemon juice to the rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with the chicken and lemon wedges.

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