Today I felt like trying one of my mum’s most famous recipes: Chicken and Rice aka ” Riz A Djej”. Although it might look a bit complicated, it was quite easy to do.
Most of the recipes I do are taken from my mum who is an amazing cook (I must add that all of my aunts and grandmother are also foodies).
So if you try it out please let me know what you think!
Ingredients: (for 4 portions).
◇ 6 Chicken breasts and 4 chicken thighs.
◇ 200g of ground beef.
◇ 1 large onion.
◇ 1/4 cup canole oil.
◇ 2 cups of rice.
◇ 2 cinnamon sticks.
◇ 2 laurel bay leaves.
◇ 1 can of mixed green peas and carrots.
◇ Pinch of cinnamon powder.
◇ Pinch of salt.
◇ Pinch of pepper.
◇ Start off with heating the canole oil and adding the chopped onion (in big slices) to fry until lightly colored.
◇ Add all the chicken to the fried onion and flip them around for about 5 mins and then add HOT water (be generous), 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 laurel bay leaves.
Bring them to boil on high heat (pan uncovered) for 2 mins then lower the heat and leave for 20 mins.
◇ In another cooking pan, fry the ground beef with its own fat until lightly cooked. Add 2 cups of rice and mix them together with the meat for about 3 mins. Add the can of mixed green peas and carrots and then season with a pinch of salt, pepper and cinnamon powder.
◇ Add the chicken to that mixture of rice and 4 cups of chicken groth (from the first cooking pan). Bring them to boil on high heat (pan uncovered) for 2 mins then lower the heat and keep it for 20 mins.
◇ On a side pan, fry the pines on medium fire until crispy and add them to the cooked meal.
You can replace pines with any nuts you like (pistachios, almonds, walnuts..) or all of them and decorate the serving plate.
There you have it! 👩🍳
◇ Always add cups of water to be double the amount of rice cups.
◇ When you bring to a boil you should have high heat. Once boiled leave for about 2 mins and then lower the heat to low and cover for 20 mins or until well cooked.