Chicken, Rice, and Grape Pilaf

Chicken, Rice, and Grape Pilaf
Yummy! This was a recipe I found in a cookbook my mom loaned/gave me (she doesn’t really cook much anymore, so she doesn’t really need it back *grins* that’s my story and I’m sticking to it), Monday to Friday Cookbook by Michele Urvater. I really do recommend this cookbook, especially if you are trying to get more grains into your diet, and are willing to try some things that are off the normal American food path. Like quinoa – which is yummy in a recipe of Urvater’s that includes cucumbers! Anyway, on to the pilaf recipe, slightly modified from the original:

Chicken, Rice, and Grape Pilaf

  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb red seedless grapes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.Put the rice in the bottom of a large casserole dish (2 qt.). Thinly slice the onion and mince the garlic. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and saute until somewhat brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to casserole.

Add onion to the skillet and saute, stirring frquently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, sugar and garlic and saute for a few seconds until you can smell the garlic. Transfer to the casserole. Deglaze the skillet with the chicken stock and pour over evrything in the casserole dish. Season well with salt and pepper.

Cover and bake for 1 hour. Remove the chicken from the dish and mix the grapes into the rice. Replace the chicken and bake, covered, for another 10 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Best Dump Cake
I decided to make some dessert. This is a type of dessert called a “dump cake”. Everyone has their own recipe on the internet. I found out about them when I was looking for things to do with cake mix – other than bake a cake! Basically you dump a couple of cans of fruit in a baking dish, dump a box of cake mix on top of the fruit, put some pats of butter on top and bake the whole thing at 350 until it is browned and bubbly. This time, I came up with one of my favorite fruit combinations, so I am dubbing it “The Best Dump Cake”:

  • 2 (15 oz.) cans vanilla flavored pears, cut in chunks
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 (18.25 oz.) box of white cake mix
  • 4 T. butter

Dump fruit, dump cake mix, slice butter into slivers and dot the top. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes. Really good served with ice cream or vanilla flavored yoghurt. And don’t tell anyone I said this, but this makes an excellent breakfast cold! *grins*

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