Creamy Chicken Rice

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Lordy, it’s been a hot minute since I last posted a workout here on IGE. Maybe that’s because it’s been a red hot minute since I last worked out!

The end of last week was crazy trying to get ready for KCCI, then there was a snow day, and prepping for the Super Bowl, et al. The fact that my left arm and shoulder were rendered completely useless through it all from receiving a tetanus shot after jamming a staple into my thumb late last week didn’t help matters.

Good times.

Anyways, an excuse was nowhere to be found today, so after work I hopped over to the gym to knock out this 3 Part Workout:

Part 1: 35 minute, 3.7 mile treadmill workout

Part 2: 12 minute, 3-2-1 stair stepper routine (pretty much all I can do before I want to throw myself off said stair stepper, ya’ feel me?)

Time Steps per minute
1-3 60
3-5 70
5-6 80
6-12 Repeat minutes 1-6

Part 3: 12 minute BodyRock.tv video workout (done at home, ’cause nobody needs to see that.)

I normally try to not let more than 3 days go by without getting in a good workout because, in my experience, the more days you take off, the harder it is to get back into a routine. However, an extended break every now and again definitely does a body good. I felt great after this workout!

Great, but starving. Good thing supper with simple tonight – Chicken & Rice! Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with making “just chicken” for dinner – a seasoned chicken breast with a few sides – but I usually tend to gravitate toward more “recipe centered” dinners.

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Sometimes though, you can’t beat the simple staples, and the thought of a quickly sauteed chicken breast served with steamed veggies, and a creamy rice side was definitely appealing tonight after a long workout.

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Good thing simple staples doesn’t mean bland and boring! First I marinated chicken breasts in Italian salad dressing all day so they’d be moist and flavorful after a sear and saute in a hot skillet.

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Then I steamed fresh broccoli spears until they were bright green and tender, and accented them with pops of salty flavor from parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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Finally, I made creamy chicken rice for the side, that pretty much blew my mind. It tasted like a homemade version of Lipton’s Rice Sides! You know, the pouch that says it serves 2.5, but really only feeds 1.5 or, cough, 1, cough, and has enough salt to cure bacon?

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This was so much better than that! It was really easy too. Start with medium grain brown rice.

Add in yummy flavors like shallots,

 

dried oregano, and salt.

 

Then pour in boiling chicken broth and bake for 40 minutes.

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Finally, stir in finely shredded cheese, and serve. I’m telling you – the simple, classic, comforting flavors of this creamy rice side is so perfect. You could make it on the stovetop, but baking it is no fuss, no muss!

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Creamy Chicken Rice

Print this recipe!

Serves 6-8 as a side dish

Adapted from BHG.com

Ingredients:
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1-1/2 cups medium grain brown rice
2 large shallots, minced (or 1/2 medium onion)
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely shredded Italian cheese blend

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring chicken broth and water to a boil in a saucepan. Meanwhile, combine rice, shallots, dried oregano and salt in a 2 quart casserole or baking dish.
  2. Pour chicken broth and water into rice mixture, and stir gently to mix. Bake, covered, for 40-50 minutes, or until rice is tender. Add in cheese and stir until melted. Let rice sit for 5 minutes to thicken before serving.

 

Simple, and satisfying. Ben literally licked his plate. I think that means he approved. ;)

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Spirits & Sweets Winner

Umm, you guys were making me SO THIRSTY naming all your favorite cocktails. I’m going to have to give some of those concoctions a try sometime! ;) That said, the winner of 2 tickets to Living History Farms’ Spirits & Sweets event this Saturday is…

Jordan: I would love to attend this event!! My fav cocktail is my version of a skinny girl marg: silver tequila, triple sec, limeade, & club soda…so refreshing!

Congrats, Jordan! Email me at IowaGirlEats@gmail.com, and I’ll let you know how to pick up your tickets. For everyone else, tickets are on sale online until Thursday!

Have a great night everyone! :D

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Comments

  1. C. 02.07.2012

    Ooh baking rice in boiling chicken broth? That is genius; I have never thought of cooking rice that way! Will definitely be trying it soon.

  2. Miriam 02.07.2012

    This sounds great! I recently made a very similar recipe with orzo on the stove-top. In the orzo one recipe, you brown the orzo first as well, add chicken broth and rice until the orzo plumps up and then stir in a some parmesan and other herbs that you like. It is such a good, go-to side!

  3. Cari 02.07.2012

    I cannot WAIT to try this! It looks sooo yummy and I know my boyfriend will love it!

  4. cream-less creamy rice! love it :)

  5. Samantha 02.07.2012

    Ooh…. That rice looks so good! Great idea to bake with the chicken broth.

    BTW… I love Bodyrock.tv! I completed the first 30 day challenge & I’m about to start the second 30 day challenge! So excited! Short but super effective workouts :)

  6. Charlie 02.07.2012

    The whole plate looks yummy. Perfectly cooked chicken & broccoli. Cooking rice in the oven with broth is genius. Prefer white basmati rice over brown. Hopefully the amount of liquid in recipe will suffice for white rice. I would think it takes more liquid to cook brown rice. Thanks!!!

    • Josey 03.01.2014

      hey charlie…did you ever try this? we use white basmati, too. :)

  7. This rice looks delish! Thanks for sharing this super simple recipe. I have some rice to use up right now so I’m sure this will be tested soon!

  8. Charlie 02.07.2012

    I’m a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines. I’ll be looking for you on my flights. I can see a Carribean trip in your future. :)

  9. Oh gosh. I read this post when I woke up this morning and I’ve been thinking about this rice all day. Dangit. I’m making this tomorrow. I’m always on the lookout for super simple sides as it is… this looks awesome.

    On another note: I’d have never thought to make rice in the oven.

  10. That rice looks awesome and I bet it’s great as leftovers.

  11. Thanks for sharing your interval workout. I love your pictures…always mouth-watering. Makes me want to try it all!

  12. Emily M 02.07.2012

    I just want to thank you for sharing about the urban decay deslick gel the other day. I ran out to sephora and got a sample and fell in love with this product! I have tried everything under the sun to tame my skin and nothing has worked as well as this to mattify my tzone. They gave me a big enough sample to probably last 2 weeks but I already went back and made the purchase.

  13. erica 02.07.2012

    holy moly i think i’m gonna try a version in my rice cooker!

  14. I’ve never tried cooking rice in anything but water, but this looks delicious! I love rice with lots of flavors, so I’ll have to give this one a try. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. ummm, my husband loves those rice packets. i gotta try it! :)

    • Charlie 02.08.2012

      Rice packets,that’s like using hamburger helper. Give the man real rice!

  16. Carrie Shaw 02.08.2012

    This looks awesome! I really need to start boiling rice in chicken broth like you did, I’m sure that will make it much more tasty. Your photos, as always, are so great too!

  17. Yum! I love those pasta and rice sides so this is a must try!

  18. karenc 02.08.2012

    Kristin – this is right up my alley – I just LOVE brown rice and well…any kind of rice actually and I can’t wait to make this! I am the only one in this house that likes rice, so yes, this will only serve 1.0 person(s)!!!

  19. I must be in a chicken-eating mood because I’m making a chicken and brocolli casserole for dinner tonight.

  20. yummy rice recipe. Great post today

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  24. Julie 03.04.2012

    Made the rice tonight. It worked great, thanks for sharing!

  25. Kristen 03.07.2012

    I made this tonight and it was so delicous! My whole family loved it (including a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old boy). I’ll be making this again for sure! Thanks for the great recipe.

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