Nothing says home to me and brings back all kinds of nostalgia feeling than Southern Style Chicken and Rice. Especially, my grandma’s, mom’s, or aunt’s. Ahh! I’m getting the warm fuzzy feelings just thinking about it.
My grandparents liked their dishes pretty bland and never cooked with onions or garlic. My aunt and mom did (and still do). This recipe is a combination of the two I grew up with. Of course, I changed the rice from white to brown and instead of using prepackaged Vigo seasoning I make my own.
This recipe is one of those all afternoon ones. So be prepared for it to take a long time. At the end of the recipe I have included some tips one of which will save you some time if you choose to use it.
- 1 (approximately 4 lb) whole chicken
- 16 cups water
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups brown rice
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 4-5 cups water, reserved
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 TBSP oil
- 4 TBSP Saffron Yellow Rice Seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large stock pot, bring water and chicken to a boil.
- Cover and simmer 3 hours.
- Remove chicken and allow to cool.
- Reserve approximately 4-5 cups of water from pot.
- Once chicken is cool enough to handle, debone and shred.
- Use 1/2 of the meat for this recipe.
- In a skillet heat up oil and saute onion and garlic until soft.
- In a large pot bring 3 cups water and chicken stock to a boil.
- Add rice, uncracked eggs, chicken, onion, garlic, and saffron yellow rice seasoning to the pot.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Reduce heat and cook about 15 minutes or until eggs are hard boiled.
- Remove eggs from pot and allow to cool.
- Continue cooking until rice is done, adding reserved water if needed.
- Roughly chop eggs and stir into chicken and rice after rice has finished cooking.
- Use 1/2 of the chicken meat and save 1/2 of the chicken meat for another meal.
- Save the chicken bones for stock.
- Save any skin, fat, or yucky parts for your pets.
- Use a roasted chicken instead. Debone and use half of the roasted chicken meat. I do this a lot now as it saves time.
Do you have a family recipe that brings back nostalgia feelings in you every time you eat, hear, or smell it? Have you altered or put your own spin on a family classic?
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