This is one of those recipes that all you need is the bare bones and you can take it from there. It’s so easy and you can use whatever you have in the house that your family likes.
You will need:
Meat – As much as you want or as much as you have on hand. I usually use enough meat to make two meals. I’ve used round steak, venison, chicken, pork chops, shrimp, ground beef — you name it and it will probably work.
Rice – I use 1-1/2 cups but you can use any amount you want to use and you will need to adjust the amount of liquid you add if you’re adding more or less rice.
Liquid – Chicken broth, tomatoes with a lot of liquid, vegetable broth, even water with a bouillon cube or two.
Veggies – I often use green peas but you can use green beans, peas and carrots, kale or a combination of whatever you like.
Here’s what I did when I made it the other day:
I had chicken thighs in the freezer so I used those. I seasoned them with Slap Ya Mama and browned them in olive oil . . using a cast iron Dutch oven . . any heavy pot with a lid will work.
I took the chicken thighs out, and browned an onion, several jalapeno peppers, and some garlic in the same oil that was left from browning the chicken.
Then I added 1-1/2 cups rice. I also added 2 T. butter to help brown the rice a bit.
Then I poured in about 2 cups of peas, 2 cups of chicken broth and a small jar of mushrooms that I had dehydrated recently.
Then I added seasoning. There’s already enough salt from the other seasonings and the broth and there’s enough peppery spice from the Slap Ya Mama and the jalapenos so I didn’t add salt or pepper. I added a bit of oregano and a little thyme.
The chicken was placed on top.
Bring it all to a boil, then turn the fire down to low. I moved it to the weakest burner and kept it on low there. Put the lid on it and simmer for about 25 minutes.
It is done! This dish can easily sit on the stove, with the lid on and the fire turned off, for 15 or 20 minutes and still be fine.
We had it with fermented coleslaw and fresh tomatoes from the garden.
So good! And, there are leftovers for another meal and only one pot to clean up.