Thursday, 5 March 2015

Cast Iron Pot Chicken and Mushroom Rice



I cooked this last weekend // Weekends are the best time for a cookout. I figured food actually taste better when you’re not in a hurry to get food on the table or extremely hungry after a long day at work.

One Pot Casserole dishes are easy to whip up because they usually only utilize one pot as the name states. It’s a very efficient way to cook food with minimal washing ( A wish for all home cooks). For this very purpose, I brought out my new red Le Creuset pot which I received for my birthday last year. It was quite a big pot ( 26cm). I contemplated cooking a smaller amount to fit my 22cm pot but figured it’s better to have more than less.

The steps are pretty self-explanatory and the best part is you get to dump all your lovely ingredients into the pot and watch it magically cook in the oven. 45 mins is all you need to wait ( while you do your daily activities) and you get to sit down and enjoy a plate of fragrant rice mix with all the yummy juices of the marinated chicken, thyme, mushroom and stock.



Recipe adapted from Peepor but I made some tweaks to it

Ingredients: 

- 7-8 Pieces of chicken drum / thigh ( Ended up not having enough chicken for the rice so I suggest putting more) 
- 3 tbsp honey
- 4 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1.5 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 3 cups rice, washed
- 150g, chopped chestnut
- 200g mushroom, sliced
- 3.5 cups chicken stock
- Leaves from a few stalks of thyme
- Salt and black pepper ( to taste) 

Method:

1) Marinate chicken thighs and breasts with honey & light soy sauce.

2) Leave overnight in fridge.

3) Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.

4) Brown chicken for a few min on both sides in a pan. Remove from pan and set aside.

5) Heat butter in cast iron pot. Fry onion till browned and translucent.

6) Add rice. Stir to mix in with onion.

7) Add chestnuts, mushrooms and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer.

8) Place chicken thighs and breasts on top of rice, pressing down to level with rice.

9) Drizzle 2 tbsp honey onto chicken. Sprinkle with thyme and black pepper.

10) Cover pot with lid and place in oven. Bake for 45min

Do comment in the post below or tag me on Instagram: @sherbakes if you attempt your very own. Would love to share your joy in cooking adventures

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