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Creole Skillet Dinner

 Creole Skillet Dinner
While living in Canada, I sampled this colorful dish at a neighbor's. The following Christmas, I served it instead of my traditional turkey, and I received numerous compliments on it. I frequently substitute shrimp or sausage for the chicken...or add all three. -Bonnie Brann, Pasco, Washington
6-8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

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Creole Skillet Dinner (continued)

Directions

  • In a saucepan, bring the broth, rice, onion, 1 teaspoon garlic, chili
  • powder, salt, turmeric, pepper and bay leaf to a boil. Reduce heat;
  • cover and simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Discard bay
  • leaf.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, saute the next seven ingredients
  • and remaining garlic in butter for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook
  • until peppers are crisp-tender. Add tomato and peas; heat through.
  • Remove from the heat. Add rice; keep warm.
  • In a skillet, cook and stir chicken in lemon juice over medium-high
  • heat until no longer pink. Add to rice mixture; toss. Top with
  • almonds. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/4 cup equals 491 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 1,131 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 26 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.