Guest Post: Emma's Chicken and Rice

Thanks to Emma for helping out with a guest post today while we're scrambling to get everything moved (and yes, take pictures and video of the new apartment!). Take it away, Emma! Hello everyone! Emma here from Verbal Mélange, guest posting while Maggie is moving and settling into her new home! I’m moving myself in a few weeks, so I can totally understand why she needs a break… it’s a hectic and stressful process!

I usually blog about style, but I’ll occasionally throw in a post about home décor, DIY projects or food. Today I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe that’s perfect for those nights when you don’t want to make an elaborate meal, but still want something that tastes good and is healthier than takeout. It’s a dish my mom used to make a lot when I was a kid, and it’s one of my favorites.

Hawaiian Chicken and Rice

Photo by Emma

Ingredients:

- 2 cups Minute Rice (you can use regular rice, but it ups the cooking time by about fifteen minutes)

- 4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

- 4 kiwis

- 20-oz can of pineapple tidbits, juice reserved

- 1/2 cup soy sauce

Prepare the rice according to package directions. If using regular rice, wait 10 minutes before going on to the next step. If using Minute Rice, no waiting necessary!

Add the pineapple juice and soy sauce to a large skillet and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Once it’s simmering, add the cut-up chicken.

While that’s cooking, peel the kiwis and cut into half-inch pieces. You want the pieces to be about the size of the pineapple tidbits. You’ll notice in the photo that I used pineapple chunks, which are a little larger. It worked out okay, but I think the whole thing works better when you use smaller pieces.

Put the kiwi pieces and the pineapple tidbits in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.

The chicken cooking time depends on how big the pieces are, but it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes or so. Cut open one of the bigger pieces if you’re not sure.

Serve the chicken and the fruit over the rice. Top with additional soy sauce if desired.

And there you have it! A quick and easy (and delicious) meal in less than half an hour. I’m out, but feel free to stop by VM anytime. Best of luck to Maggie on her move! I don’t know about you all, but I can’t wait to see how she decorates her new digs :)