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Portabella & Chicken Risotto from leftover chicken

This is a good leftovers recipe for an extra piece of chicken. You can cook the chicken as a first step also but I more often make this with a piece of cooked leftover chicken. Add 1/3 cup parmesan for cheesy chicken, or you can exclude the chicken entirely and use vegetable broth for a meatless side dish.

Stir constantly. The key to obtaining creamy rice is directly effected by your dedication to constant stiring.


1 cup precooked chicken breast, diced

2 tablespoons of oil

2 large portabella, diced

1 small onion, diced

1 bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 1/2 cup long grain white rice

1/2 cup white wine

6 cups chicken broth, low sodium

2 tablespoons of butter

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste


In a sauce pan place the chicken broth, cover and heat to a simmer.

In a skillet, over med-high head add the oil, portabella, onion and bell pepper. Saute until soft and beginning to brown, this is where most of the cooking will happen so make sure they are nicely cooked and browned to your satisfaction. Remove the portabella, bell pepper and onion to a bowl and set aside with the diced chicken.

Mix in the rice and then de-glaze the pan with the white wine. Turn the stove down slightly to medium. At this point you should not stop stirring the rice until it is done. Once the wine has been absorbed you will add a half a cup of the simmering chicken broth. Stir until it has absorbed completely before adding another half cup of liquid, repeat until there is no chicken broth left.

When you get to the last of the chicken broth you should have a thick creamy texture rice from the stirring. Once the last of the chicken broth absorbs, turn the heat to low and add the butter, salt, and pepper. Mix until melted. Add the chicken, onion and portabella back into the rice and stir until the chicken has heated through.

Spanish Chicken & Rice for Tacos

Sumac is definitely a rare spice where I am, it has a tart and lemony sort of flavor that enhances the lemon, but it can be left out if it’s not on hand. I make this often, and about half the time I do not have a lemon or lime on hand so that is how Sumac originally ended up in this recipe. Double it to 1/4th teaspoon add a pinch of dried lemon peel if you have it… it’s an acceptable replacement for a fresh lemon. And also enhances the flavor of the lemon when you do have it.

The chicken and rice is fine as a meal on it’s own with beans and warm tortillas on the side. Being steamed with the rice.. you end up with very moist and flavorful piece of chicken.


2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast meat

3 tablespoons avocado oil

1 bell pepper, diced

1 cup rice

1 lemon

1 2/3 cups chicken broth(low sodium)


2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon coriander

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/8 teaspoon sumac


Mix the ingredients for the seasoning and divide it into two parts. Set one part aside and use the other half as a dry rub on the chicken. To prepare the lemon, cut it in half and then cut one half into slices and set aside.

Add the avocado oil to a skillet over medium high heat. Braise the chicken and diced bell pepper together, cook until it begins to brown. Remove the chicken to a plate temporarily and add the rice to the skillet along with the chicken broth, lemon juice from half the lemon and the rest of the seasoning, stir to de-glaze the pan and then return the chicken and situate it with the rice mostly surrounding instead of underneath the chicken. Bring the chicken broth to a boil and then cover and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes or until both the chicken and the rice are cooked through.

In the meantime, prepare and set out the toppings of your choice.

Use two forks to shred the chicken meat when it is done.

Flour Tortillas can be heated in a skillet over high heat if you do not have tortilla pan(or directly on a burner if you learned to do it that way.) Corn tortillas as I was taught to make them, would be fried in oil momentarily until crispy and them shaped in a taco shape to cool before filling.

For Tacos

1 pack tortillas (they are also easy to make)

1 can of refried beans


I never would have thought to include this list until I moved from the South West… and was shocked to find broccoli… BROCCOLI on a taco!… and I learned that it is rare to find a good authentic taco’s in some other places.

Toppings range from a handful, to all of the following.

Diced raw onion, diced tomato, shredded lettuce, avocado chunks or guacamole, salsa, shredded Mexican blend cheese, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, lemon or lime wedges, jalapenos or other peppers(fresh or fire roasted), cholula hot sauce.

Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Coconut Rice

I really liked how the flavor of the bell pepper comes through in the rice. I like to use canned coconut cream instead of canned coconut milk.


2 large chicken breasts, butterflied or split into four pieces if they are thick

1 teaspoon cooking oil, of your choice

1 teaspoon honey

1 clove garlic

1 pinch lemon zest or dried lemon peel

3 teaspoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon fresh ginger

3 teaspoons jerk seasoning


1 bell pepper, diced

1 cup white rice

1 can coconut milk or coconut cream, microwaved for 20 seconds and stirred until smooth

1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen


(This is a one pan meal, you will need a lidded skillet large enough to contain the entire recipe. )


Place all of the marinade ingredients into a gallon ziplock bag or sealable tupperware bowl. Add the chicken and marinate in the fridge for several hours.

Add the marinated chicken to a skillet, preheated to med-high heat and braise both sides of the chicken. and set aside. Reduce the heat and add the remaining marinade, the bell pepper and shallot. Stir until the onion is slightly translucent and all of the liquid is just evaporated.

Add the coconut cream and bring to a boil, stir in the rice and the pineapple chunks. Manouver the chicken back down into the pan with the rice surrounding it.

Cover the pan and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20-25 minutes until the rice is done and the chicken is cooked through. Careful, if you have the heat on anything above the lowest setting to maintain your simmering you may burn the rice.