Show of hands: who here got snowed in over the weekend?
We got some snow-slush here, but nothing major to report. For someone who wasn’t snowed in, I sure acted like I was. I curled up with my kindle and started binged reading Station Eleven while binge listening to Dave Matthews Band.
Binge oohed and aahed over all y’all’s instagrams of snowy day photos and snowy day crock pot meals and baked treats.
Left the couch only to go for a couple snowshoes, then back to the couch I went.
Lifted zero fingers to write a blog post.
Ate like I was preparing to hibernate through the snowpocalypse.
Speaking of hibernating…
I’d be lying if I said I don’t sometimes wish uuuge pots of chicken and rice would – POOF! – appear out of the ether and feed me for weeks on end. Some ladies wish fancy clothing would materialize in their closet, other gals just want to hibernate with a damn fine cauldron of comfort food…without having to put in any effort.
As real life would have it, no food fairies have bestowed massive vats of chicken dinner upon me thus far. And you guys, I’m not going to lie…this is no 30-minute meal. As in, once you start this thing, you’re in it for the long haul…which is actually quite perfect for a snowed in occasion, or a special occasion.
Which brings me to my next point:
When I googled “chicken biryani” to get more deets on the classic Indian (slash Pakistani) dish, what I found was this dish is traditionally served at weddings and family gatherings. So, not exactly your mid-week throw-it-together-after-work sitch. Now that I’ve sufficiently scared you away, I will say this is one of the best meals I’ve ever made in the entirety of my lifehood.
The RICE, you guys! So flavorful with all the seasonings PLUS the chicken fat lubing it up for some intense explosions in your mouth face. Don’t skip the dried cranberries or pecans, mmkay? They’re little touches of heaven.
While this recipe takes some time and effort, it’s worth every stitch. I adapted the recipe from One-Pot Paleo by Jenny Castaneda, and lemme just say, this pot o’ flave is my slow jam. The recipe feeds 4 to 6 people very comfortably, and if you’re into leftovers, this is absolutely a meal you want to prepare and eat on for dayz.
Eat, drink, and be merry
One-Pot Chicken Biryani
Cucumber Mint Sauce:
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ medium onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and grated
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1/2 cup roasted pecans
- ½ cup fresh basil chopped
Combine the ingredients for the chicken marinade in a bowl. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate overnight (or at least 30 minutes). Prepare the Cucumber Mint Sauce by combining the ingredients in a bowl. Stir and refrigerate overnight (or until ready to use).
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pour rice into a deep bowl and cover with water. soak for 30 minutes, then drain.
Melt coconut oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion, ginger, garlic, turmeric, coriander, cumin seeds, salt, red pepper flakes, and cinnamon sticks. Saute until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Add the chicken pieces and marinade to the pan. Cook the chicken for 3 minutes on each side, until skin is golden brown and crispy. Add the basmati rice and mix until everything is combined. Pour in the broth and bring to a gentle boil. Turn off heat, cover, and move pan to the oven to cook for 40 to 60 minutes (mine took 1 hour, but check the pot periodically for doneness).
At the 15 minute mark, check the rice and mix it while scraping the bottom to make sure the rice does not stick to the pan.
Add the dried cranberries, fresh parsley, and roasted pecans and stir well. Serve with fresh basil and cucumber mint sauce.
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