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one pot chicken & rice with creamy cilantro sauce

Recipe by
Lori Ann
Pompano, FL

This is an easy one pot meal that takes little effort and always turns out great. I acquired this recipe a long time ago and over the years have tweaked it a little from the original. This is my final version -- and the easiest. Adding the green sauce to this dish was a fluke and is optional. I had some in the fridge made from a previous dish and decided to try it on this too. Now they're always served together. Enjoy!

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Ingredients For one pot chicken & rice with creamy cilantro sauce

  • 2 lg
    boneless chicken breasts
  • 5 Tbsp
    olive oil, light
  • 1 tsp
    kitchen bouquet (browning)
  • 2 stalk
  • 1
  • 1 lg
  • 1/4 c
    chopped parsley
  • 3-4 clove
    fresh garlic (large)
  • 4 c
    chicken broth or water
  • 16 oz
    bag, yellow spanish rice (vigo or other)
  • 1 c
    fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 clove
    fresh garlic
  • 1 lg
    cubanelle pepper or (2 med.)
  • 1/2 c
    follow your heart soy free veganaise (or mayonaisse)
  • 1/2 c
    greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, light
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make one pot chicken & rice with creamy cilantro sauce

  • 1
    Wash the chicken and slice and cube the chicken like you were making a stew. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot. Add the chicken and cook on medium heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. I add 1 teaspoon of Kitchen Bouquet to make it brown a little better and add color to the final dish. This is optional.
  • 2
    Put the celery, onion, parsley and carrot in a food processor and chop. Add the minced garlic cloves and set aside.
  • 3
    When the chicken is browned, add the chopped celery, carrot, onion, parsley and minced garlic and stir to combine. Continue to cook about 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  • 4
    Add the 4 cups of chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 15 minutes to cook the veggies through.
  • 5
    Add the bag of yellow rice and stir until the mixture comes to a boil again. Reduce to low again and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, do not remove the lid, and let rest for about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve in bowls either plain or with green sauce (see recipe)
  • 6
    Optional Green Sauce: Add all ingredients to blender or food processor and process until blended to a sauce consistency. Drizzle over the chicken and rice. Note: Follow Your Heart brand Soy Free Veganaise is available at some grocery stores, Whole Foods and other Health Food Stores. It is egg free, soy free and tastes just like Mayo. I prefer it in this sauce.

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