Make Ahead: Shredded Chicken & Rice Pilaf

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This semester, all of my classes are in the evening so I have had to get creative with planning dinners for the week.  Rachael Ray has a list of One Month of Make-Ahead Meals, and instead of making enough for the full month, I made some modifications to the recipes because I am only feeding two mouths.  Below are my changes, and if you want the original recipes, go here.

4 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 Lemon, cut into wedges
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Salt and Pepper

Oven at 325 degrees.
Place chicken on baking sheets, drizzle with the EVOO and squeeze the lemons on top. Sprinkle with the paprika and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Roast until the skin is crisp and the juices run clear when the pieces are pierced with the tip of a small, sharp knife, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.

Roast until cooked through and juices run clear when the pieces are pierced with the tip of a small, sharp knife, 30-35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.

Once its cool enough, use two forks to shred the chicken.

Rice Pilaf Ingredients:

3 tablespoons EVOO
onion1, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 4 1/2 cups)
3 Jalapeños, minced
Salt and pepper
3 1/4 cups long-grain rice
2 1/4 cups chicken broth
4 bay leaves
16 ounces frozen peas


In a 7-qt. dutch oven or large skillet, heat the EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the onion, jalapeños, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook, stirring often, until golden and translucent, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. 

Add 2 1/4 cups water, the chicken broth, bay leaves, 2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper and bring to a boil. Stir, cover, lower the heat and simmer, undisturbed, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. 

Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Quickly scatter the peas on top, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and let cool completely, tossing once or twice. Discard the bay leaves.

Once the chicken and rice has cooled, divide into 1-cup portions and transfer to resealable plastic sandwich bags or containers and place in freezer. When ready to use, thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or pop into the fridge in the morning and thaw all day.

And when it comes to making dinner, the hard work is done!  How easy is that!

Let me know if you decide to do this, and how it works out for you!  I loved it and will definitely be doing it again :]

<3 Saleena

1 comment :

  1. This sound so good, thanks for sharing this delicious looking recipe.



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