Chicken with Cilantro and Spinach Rice - IHCC Potluck
It's potluck week at I Heart Cooking Clubs which means we can cook with any of the featured chefs, past or present. I made chicken dishes for the last 2 potlucks and thought I would continue the theme with Tessa Kiros who took me to Peru with this fantastic chicken and rice pilaf from Falling Cloudberries.
She also took me a little outside of my comfort zone. The dish started withsautéed garlic, carrots, sweet bell peppers and peas...nothing unusual there. But then a purée of fresh cilantro and spinach was added which ultimately became the flavour base of the entire dish. Mixed with water, it formed the braising liquid for the chicken and the cooking liquid for the rice. The ingredients completely melded together during cooking to create a wonderfully complex flavour.
The chicken was fall of the bone tender but it was the rice that was the star, absorbing the flavours of the vegetables, herbs and spices. A dollop of cumin-flavoured yogurt and drizzle of hot chilli oil finished the dish nicely. Definitely one to repeat. Visit IHCC to see what everyone else brought to the potluck!
I'm also sharing this post with Cook-Your-Books, a monthly cooking/baking event hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours.