Baked Rice with Chicken & Mushrooms

I’m home with my kids for their second consecutive snow day today! 🙂 It seems like the perfect time to share one of my new favorite comfort food dishes- baked rice. It’s a full-flavored, complete meal in one pot. Delicious.

This version was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by David Tanis. This dish was different that others that I’ve made in the past because after the rice is baked, it is garnished with a sautĂ©ed vegetable topping. Loved it. I used cremini instead of trumpet mushrooms, and increased the amount of mushrooms, garlic, and peas. We ate it with roasted broccoli on the side. It would also be wonderful with a green salad.

I’m bringing this dish to share at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #158 this week, co-hosted by Ai @Ai Made it For You and Petra @Food Eat Love. Enjoy!

Yield: Serves 8

  • 2 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs (about 10), cut into 2-inch chunks
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 large sprig thyme, plus 1 teaspoon freshly chopped leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups white Basmati rice, soaked for 20 minutes, rinsed and drained
  • 20 ounces king trumpet mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, or a mixture of mushrooms, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 cups hot chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or smashed to a paste with a little salt
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley
  1. Put chicken pieces in a 9×13-inch pyrex baking dish and season generously with salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
  2. Pour olive oil into a 4-quart enamelware Dutch oven or similar heavy pot and set over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onions and cook, stirring, until nicely browned, 5 to 8 minutes, then season with salt.
  4. Add chicken, thyme sprig and bay leaf, and continue to cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more.
  5. Add wine and simmer briskly until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add rice and a large handful of mushrooms and stir to combine. (Reserve most of the mushrooms for garnish.)
  7. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Check broth for seasoning and adjust.
  8. Cover pot and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  9. Transfer pot to oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Finally, remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes off heat.
  11. While rice is baking, sauté remaining mushrooms: Melt butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook, rapidly stirring, until they have softened and browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
  12. Add peas, if using, and heat through.
  13. Turn off heat, then add reserved chopped thyme, the garlic and the parsley. Toss to coat well.
  14. Fluff rice, then top with sautéed mushrooms and serve.

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Gemelli with Mushrooms & Ricotta

I love the “RSVP” column in Bon Appetit. Readers write in to request recipes for their favorite restaurant dishes; I feel like the recipes are really “tried and true.” This recipe was adapted from CBD Provisions in Dallas, Texas, via Bon Appetit.

The dish features an ultra-flavorful soffritto base which, along with mixed mushrooms and cheese, results in a rich and hearty vegetarian main dish. We enjoyed it Easter weekend, but it would really be nice any time of the year. This is the second vegetarian pasta I’m bringing to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #63 this week. Enjoy!

Yield: Serves 6

For the Soffritto:

  • ÂĽ cup olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ÂĽ teaspoon smoked paprika

For the Pasta:

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms (such as maitake, shiitake, button, and king trumpet), cut or torn into ½” pieces
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound strozzapreti or gemelli
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, plus more for serving
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano, divided
  • â…” cup fresh ricotta
  • 6 soft-boiled eggs, peeled (optional)

Make the Soffritto:

  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring often, until lightly golden, 5–8 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until vegetables have reduced in volume by two-thirds, 15–20 minutes.
  3. Add paprika and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.

Do Ahead: Soffritto can be made 2 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.

To Finish the Dish:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until browned and softened, 8–10 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Repeat with 2 tablespoons of oil and remaining mushrooms; reserve skillet.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente, 8–10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in reserved skillet over medium-low heat.
  4. Cook garlic, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Toss in soffritto, mushrooms, pasta, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons chives, and half of Parmigiano Reggiano, thinning with pasta cooking liquid as needed; season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve topped with ricotta, eggs (if using- I opted to make the dish without the soft-boiled eggs), more chives, and remaining grated cheese; drizzle with oil.

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