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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Chicken and Rice L'Orange

Are you looking for something to serve your family for dinner that is good for you, tastes good and can be made in less time than ordering delivery pizza or driving for fast food? This is one of my favorites.

Chicken and Rice L'Orange

Debbie Vanni of Libertyville, Illinois took top honors in Mr. Good's Rice Recipe Contest with this recipe for Chicken and Rice L'Orange. Her recipe was selected from more than 1400 entries. The recipe had to be made in 30 minutes or less with no more than 6 ingredients (excluding butter, margarine, cooking oil, water, walt and ground black pepper). As the grand prize winner, Vanni received $5,000, and a subscription to Mr. Food's Easycooking magazine.

1 cup uncooked rice

1 cup orange juice

1 cup water

1 tsp salt

3 Tbsp. butter, divided

1/4 cup sliced almonds

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves cut into bite sized pieces

1/4 cup orange marmalade

1/4 cup sliced green onions

Combine rice, orange juice, water and salt in a 2 - 3 qt. saucepan. Heat to boiling and stir once or twice. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. While rice is cooking, melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add almonds and cook and stir until golden, about 2 - 3 minutes. Remove almonds and set aside. Melt remaining 2 Tbsps butter in skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until brown on both sides. Add orange marmalade to skillet and stir to coat chicken. To serve, spoon rice onto plate and top with chicken. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and green onions. Makes 4 servings. I found this recipe at GourmetSpot Recipe of the Week.

Open a can of pineapple slices or mandarin oranges, warm some frozen peas and you can sit down to a homecooked meal in less than 30 minutes.

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