Chicken & Rice with Mushrooms

As part of our Christmas party each year, my law firm has a holiday grab bag event where everyone lists three gifts they’d like to receive. The lists are collected, put in a bag, and then everyone pulls another person’s list and selects one item from that list to give them. For instance, my three “wishes” were 1) a two-year subscription to Cooking Light magazine; 2) a Williams-Sonoma mandoline and chip tray; or 3) a gift certificate to Macy’s. One of the paralegals (Codename: Chanclas) pulled my name and chose to give me the Cooking Light subscription. I think this was the best choice because I literally get a gift each month for the next two years!

Anyway, this chicken & rice with mushrooms recipe was featured in the January issue of Cooking Light. What made this dish extremely tasty was the intense flavor of the reconstituted porcini mushrooms themselves, with their soaking liquid being used to cook and infuse the brown rice with the same mushroom-y flavor. The green peas also added a nice pop of color and texture against the hearty brown rice and tender chicken. Overall, this was a filling and delicious main course!

If you’d like to try this recipe, it can be found here or below.

2 c. boiling water
1/4 c. dried porcini mushrooms (about 1/4 ounce)
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces (I used breasts)
1 tsp. sweet paprika
3/4 tsp. salt, divided
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided
3/4 c. chopped onion
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced (I used button mushrooms)
3/4 c. uncooked brown basmati rice
2 c. frozen green peas, thawed
1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme

1. Combine 2 cups boiling water and porcini mushrooms; let stand for 20 minutes. Drain through a sieve over a bowl, reserving soaking liquid. Finely chop mushrooms.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken mixture to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until chicken is browned, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from pan.
3. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and cremini mushrooms; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in reserved porcini liquid, chopped porcini, and rice; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer gently for 35 minutes. Stir in the reserved chicken, peas, and thyme. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until rice is tender and chicken is done.

51 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. InCucinaDaME
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 12:12:50

    Love risotto and love mushrooms.
    These pictures are great, I feel I need to have something to eat 🙂

  2. mireia
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 12:27:54

    That looks fantastic! I just cooked a great rice for lunch today but this would have been a very good option too!

  3. Taryn at Have Kitchen, Will Feed
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 13:19:58

    Looks wonderful – love mushrooms and any excuse to use them.

  4. Sue/the view from great island
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 13:56:16

    I want to dive right into that skillet, it looks amazing!

  5. An Irish Village Pantry
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 13:58:00

    Love this, sounds and looks so healthy and flavourful. Love porcini and risotto, thanks!

  6. Liz
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 14:58:41

    Beautiful dish! I just want to pluck some of those yummy mushrooms from the screen 🙂

  7. Norma Chang
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 15:12:54

    Healthy one pot meal. Love thecombination. Beautiful photos.

  8. Three-Cookies
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 16:52:18

    Two out of three presents on the wish list were food related!

  9. peachkins
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 18:05:08

    It looks very very tasty and I so love mushrooms!

  10. simply Life
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 18:33:09

    I love all the earthy flavors in this!

  11. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 18:33:25

    I remember seeing this in CL and thinking how delicious it looked. I may have to give it a try as yours looks so enticing. I’d perhaps cut back on the green peas…they aren’t my faves but do add lovely color! 🙂

  12. hotlyspiced
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 19:09:30

    What a lovely way to buy Christmas gifts. At least doing it that way means no one gets something they didn’t want. I agree, a cooking magazine subscription is an excellent gift. I think you chicken dish looks delicious. I love cooking with porcini mushrooms. They give such an intense flavour and would have gone with the brown rice and chicken so well. I’ll look forward to seeing more recipes from the gift from your paralegal!

  13. Louise
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 19:10:03

    That’s the GREAT thing about magazine subscriptions they just keep on giving:) I just know you will devour every issue!

    Your dish looks fabulous. I actually made something similar the other night but I used “plain old” button mushrooms instead. Duly noted…

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  14. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 19:27:44

    This sounds so good – earthy and flavorful.

  15. Ronda
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 19:46:11

    That looks amazingly tasty!

  16. Anita Menon
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 20:11:25

    Congrats. It was a wise thing to wish for a subscription. I’ll keep that in mind for sure. The rice looks so yummy.

  17. Elaine
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 20:54:45

    What a great gift. This looks like such a tasty dish, So pretty with the peas.

  18. rebecca
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 21:31:52

    looks great and thats a cool gift

  19. Terra
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 21:37:32

    Gorgeous, this is a type of dish my hubby and I would make! A great comfort food:-) oxox, Terra

  20. Ms Jelena
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 21:55:29

    YUM!!! Looks amazing! Love love love anything with mushrooms 🙂
    Awesome Christmas gift you got, too! It’s nice when you get something nice from people you work with!


  21. Maureen
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 00:14:37

    That dish makes me so hungry. What a gorgeous dish of food!

    What a lovely Christmas gift too.

  22. Cakelaw
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 00:33:18

    This looks like a fabulous dinner, and cooking light is a bonus!

  23. Purely.. Kay
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 00:46:50

    Chicken and rice was a staple in my house growing up. And you’ve added a wonderful new flavor addition to it with the mushrooms. Beautiful dish

  24. Elpiniki
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 02:13:51

    This dish looks just amazing! I love everything in it!

  25. Food,Photography & France
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 02:32:44

    Fantastic recipe which is going to become part of our winter repertoire.

  26. JasmyneTea
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 04:34:33

    Lucky you! My workplace is so cheap we barely even get new pens, lol. The recipe looks great, especially for a weeknight dinner!

  27. Anna @ the shady pine
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 04:55:02

    Love this recipe…it is being bookmarked for a dinner in the coming week!

  28. TrafficDiva
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 05:22:42

    WOW!! Yummy, when I saw the title in my inbox I got so excited because I just knew you were going to make this dish POP!!! This looks go good and fresh and…LIGHT! LOL! Another home run! =)

  29. Andi Winslow
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 07:49:31

    Ms. Yummy this looks very tasty. I think I would like this for dinner tonight! nice post Andi

  30. katyarich
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 09:06:46

    This looks delicious, I like the idea of brown basmati rice, I normally use a long grain brown rice, 🙂

  31. Georgia @ The Comfort of
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 10:13:02

    What a wonderful, flavorful looking dish! I would love to try this sometime. I can practically taste it from here, though! Thanks for sharing.

  32. Ameena
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 10:22:27

    I love the holiday grab bag idea! Really smart…so you don’t end up getting 5 boxes of See’s candy like I usually do.

  33. spicegirlfla
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 10:35:07

    What a great idea for Christmas gift buying! So many times I am clueless on what to give someone! It’s still a surprise as the person doesn’t know which of the 3 will be chosen! Now that I’m free to eat mushrooms, I’m excited to give this a try. Looks great!!

  34. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 11:24:30

    Oh. I love this dish. Simple, healthy, hearty and delicious! It sounds (and looks) like a real winner.

  35. Kristen
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 12:13:17

    I am just drooling over that photo. I am of the opinion that the more mushrooms, the better!

  36. Betty
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 16:16:19

    Isn’t Cooking LIght great? I’ve never tried a recipe from it that didn’t turn out. Your chicken and rice looks really good- mushrooms are yum! 🙂

  37. Inger Wilkerson
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 17:55:39

    Looks delicious! I just did pork and mushrooms over fettuccine. Must be that comfort food time of year!

  38. sally
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 19:11:14

    What a great gift! I’m tempted to subscribe to Cooking Light as well.

  39. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 19:22:09

    Yum love peas and mushrooms!

  40. vianney
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 19:27:35

    yummy comfort food!!

  41. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 20:31:56

    hi yummy chunklet, wow your chicken rice looks so appetizing, great pics..\the mushrooms sure compliment the overall flavor. would love to try this. thanks and have a nice day

  42. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 22:05:53

    Pretty dish! This is something I would make! And I love magazines–I just wish I could get my husband to stop throwing them away.

  43. Ann
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 23:21:13

    Delicious and you’re right…that is a terrific gift! I’m a HUGE fan of the magazine!

  44. Chaya
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 09:14:29

    A fabulous dish. Invite me for dinner, next time you make it.

  45. mary
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 15:59:25

    When I saw your photo I wanted to jump in and eat it – LOVE this recipe!
    Mary x

  46. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 13:20:45

    I love one pot meals and this looks delicious! Really wholesome too!

  47. Amanda
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 21:08:40

    I love chicken and mushrooms, I am going to have to try this!

  48. Maddy
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 08:57:39

    This looks scrumptious!! I think I found what I’m cooking for dinner tonight 🙂

  49. Baker Street
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 07:29:09

    Chicken and mushrooms always pairs perfectly. Your dish looks tasty! 🙂

  50. sanyaliving
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 15:21:14

    This looks really good, I would love to try and make this! Thanks!

  51. Julia
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 02:34:10

    This looks awesome. I might have to make some soon :).

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