Ok so this recipe is a combination of recipes and my own preferences for a chicken risotto. It's SUPER easy and delicious!
The batteries in my camera died a while ago and I always forget to buy new ones, so I'll have to take a picture the next time I make it. So here's a picture I stole off the internet to kind of give you an idea of how mine looked:
This recipe is enough for 2 people.
*2 chicken breasts
*1 small cup of rice (like however much you usually make for 2 people)
*3 parts water to 1 part rice
*the spices you want (I used cumin, oregano, and a Knorr chicken bullion cube (of course))
*3 garlic cloves
*a small carrot
*half of an onion
*Some green onion and cilantro
*a bit of cooking oil
*The important thing to remember is that this recipe is really easy to modify. I just used these veggies and spices because they were what I already had in the fridge. Some versions of this said you could use tomato (I thought the texture didn't really go with the rest though), and as you can see in the picture, they have peas and (what I think are) bell peppers. Alexandre makes a similar dish with palmito. So just take this style and run with it, I suppose!
*Chop up the chicken into small chunks (like in the picture).
*Chop up your onions, carrot, garlic and cilantro. Best not to mix them yet.
*In a pot big enough for everything (the convenience of this recipe is having to wash only one pot), fry the chicken, onion, and garlic in a bit of oil. It shouldn't take long if your chicken is cut up small.
*Add in the spices that you're using, and keep mixing so it doesn't burn!
*Add in the dry rice and mix it all up really fast with the rest of the stuff in the pot, just for a few seconds.
*Add in the water (remember, about 3 parts water to rice-- you can always drain it if it's too much)
*Add in the other vegetables, mix one more time, and cover it. It takes about 10 minutes for the rice to cook.
If you see that the rice seems done but there's still a bit too much water, just keep frying it with the lid off and mixing it to burn off the extra water.
Wait for it to cool, and then enjoy! It's not "pretty" necessarily, but it's quick and easy and pretty healthy. Great when you are feeling lazy but don't want to spend money on eating out (which is like, pretty much how I feel every night).
What would you guys add to this? I welcome your ideas!