Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Chicken and raisin rice

This is one of those dishes I absolutely hated as a kid. Onions and raisins, could it get any more disgusting for a child? Well I am proud to say that now my children hate this dish. But I absolutely love it. This is Persian inspired. I don't think we should get involved in Iran's election, but I do think we should eat their food.

Ingredient List
Chicken pieces of any variety you like (whole chicken cut up, thighs, breasts, no boneless skinless, if you do, don't tell me about it because it would break my heart).

2 c rice cooked according to instructions

1 onion chopped

1 clove garlic minced

2 handfuls of raisins

handful of pine nuts

1 heaping tablespoon of curry

2-3 T sugar

Salt and pepper

1 T Butter

1 T oil

Bake the chicken in the oven like this, I also added some curry to the flour before I coated the chicken. a couple spoonfuls. I used just thighs, because that is the tastiest part of the chicken!

About a half hour before your chicken is set to be done, start on the raisin rice.  Begin sauteing the onions and garlic in the butter and oil. Season with salt and pepper. As the onions begin to become translucent, add the sugar. Next add the raisins, pine nuts and curry. Let the onions caramelize. You may need to  add a couple tablespoons of water.  Once the raisins have puffed up and the onions are cooked down, add the rice to the pan and combine. Taste to make sure you are good on salt and pepper. Serve with the chicken.


Norah said...

I love your blog. I've left you an award over on my food blog.

Heidi said...

I have never had raisins in anything but dessert recipes. This sounds very interesting. I think I need to give it a try :)