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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Moroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake

Its all about quick and easy this holiday season with all the shopping, gift wrapping, and cookie making I will be doing, so I decided to try a new recipe that seemed to look quick and easy. I have never really experienced Moroccan cuisine before, and I am so glad I gave this recipe a try. I may even be searching for more GF recipes in this category as I found the blend of spices quite different and enjoyable.

I found this recipe strange enough, in a Nestle cook book of all places. Except for cooking the rice, which took about 15 minutes tops, and the 40 minute baking time, the recipe was quite easy. It calls for rice and chicken, my two favorite staples, and the flavor combination was really delightful.

The flavors were mild and soothing to the taste, and although  the blend of ingredients for the rice mixture itself seemed strange, each played off  of each other for a comforting, delicious dish. My family enjoyed it as much as I did, and it will be a regular on the table from now on. I hope you will give it a try, and that you will enjoy it as much as we did. Until next post,  have a great wheat free day!


Moroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake

6 C cooked long or medium grain brown or white rice
1 T ground cumin
1 1/2 teas salt
1 teas ground black pepper
1 1/2 teas ground paprika
6 chicken thighs, skin removed
2 T olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (12 oz) Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk (I used Fat Free)
1 can (14 1/2 oz) petite diced tomatoes, drained
2/3 cup raisins
3 T lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Combine the cumin, salt, black pepper and paprika in a small bowl. Sprinkle 2 teas of the blended spice mixture on both side of chicken thighs. (save remaining for rice mixture).

Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium high heat. Place the seasoned chicken in the skillet and cook on each side for about 4 minutes until browned.

Combine the cooked rice, evaporated milk, drained tomatoes, raisins, lemon juice and the left over spice mixture in a large bowl. Pour the rice mixture into the prepared baking dish. Place the chicken thighs on top of the rice mixture.

Bake for 40 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center.

This is a filling, quick, one pot gluten free dinner that everyone will enjoy, even the finickiest of eaters....


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