Chicken and Rice with Buddha’s Hand

Here is the recipe for a slightly citrusy Chicken and Rice using the amazing Buddha’s Hand! Click here to learn more about this strange fruit, Buddha’s hand)

Chicken and Rice with Buddha's Hand

What you need:

  • ½ cup raw basmati rice
  • ¼ cup raw black rice
  • 4-5 Tablespoons butter
  • 4-5 Tablespoons Buddha hand
  • 1 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • ½ to ¾ cup sliced chanterelle (or other mushroom)
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper
  • 3-4 Tablespoons chopped parsley

 

 

How to Do it:

First get the chicken in.  Grate 2 Tablespoons of the Buddha hand with a very fine grater.

Sprinkle some olive oil in the bottom of a baking pan.

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Place the mushrooms and one sprig of rosemary in the bottom of the pan.

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Liberally salt (garlic salt) and pepper both sides of the chicken.

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Lay the thighs, skin side up, on top of the mushrooms.  Sprinkle the citron evenly over the tops of the chicken.  Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter and pour it evenly over the citron covered chicken.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes – until the skin is crisp and the chicken has no pink left next to the bone.  Meat thermometers work great (chicken should be at least 165 degrees internal temperature), but I like to check poultry visually.

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While the chicken is cooking, start the rice.

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Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter into a pan and 2-3 Tablespoons of thinly sliced Buddha hand.

Rinse the two kinds of rice –

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After the butter is melted and hot, add both rice and cook for about 3-5 minutes.  Add the salt, broth and rosemary and bring to a boil.

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Cover and reduce heat to medium-low.  Cook for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender.  Remove the rosemary and the citron pieces and add 1-2 Tablespoons of butter.  Cover until ready to serve.

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Place one thigh on the plate and top with ¼ of the mushrooms.  Place ¼ of the rice next to the chicken and top with a tablespoon or so of the pan drippings (yes, there is fat in there – but there is also butter and flavor!!)  sprinkle it all with some parsley.

Serve with your favorite vegetable or salad and it’s dinner!

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Serves 4

 

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