Recipe of the Week: Chicken & Rice February 7, 2011
From Chinese Chicken Fried Rice to a family favorite chicken and rice casserole, these two ingredients are used together worldwide. Easy to prepare, low cost chicken and rice dishes are are a mainstay in many cultures.
Rice was first cultivated in India in 3000 BC, where domesticated chickens already existed. Among the traditional Indian recipes is Chicken Briyani. This is a North Indian dish consisting of layers of basmati rice and chicken, flavoured with ingredients including garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin and saffron.
China has a long history of rice and chicken dishes. Yangzhou Fried Rice is considered to be the first Chinese fried rice dish, and the best. Made with fluffy white rice tossed with diced chicken thigh, other meats and fresh bamboo shoots, it is found in many American-Chinese restaurants.
Because of its closer historical ties to the Middle East than the rest of Europe, Spain has a greater number of traditional rice and chicken dishes. Arroz con Pollo is a traditional entree, made with chopped fried chicken, Spanish rice, tomato sauce, peppers, onion, and other vegetables and seasonings.
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