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Rice and Mushroom Skillet with Chicken

Updated on February 14, 2020

I announced my plan to air fry chicken and fry mushrooms, and my husband threw me his mysterious look and I followed him to the kitchen. He proceeded to chop two stalks of celery into small pieces, chopped a few colors of sweet pepper and a few slices of onion into a bowl.

Then, he chopped all the chicken tenders that we had left from a box of chicken strips from Kwik Trip Convenience Center. The package of fresh mushrooms were already sliced. He put half a stick of butter into the frying pan and started filling the pan with ingredients that he had just cut up.

He handed me a box of rice and said, make this. We'll merge them into one pan once the rice is cooked. Meanwhile, he let the pan of vegetables, mushrooms and chicken fry on medium heat. The rice took 25 minutes to cook. It was the Red Beans and Rice variation. This particular flavor, has a slight smoky bean flavor.

Ingredients

For the Rice:

  • rice mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups water

For the Vegetables:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 5 sweet pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1 package fresh mushrooms
  • 5 chicken tenders
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 2 tablespoons worchestershire sauce

I took the 3 quart pan out and put three cups of water in it. The rice mix instructions are on the back of the box. There is a recipe for something on it where you mix the meat, and all the rice, plus whatever else together, and cook it together.

We cooked our plus whatever in a separate pan, and mixed them together just before we placed it in our bowls and ate it like a casserole.

My hubby said that if we were not eating it in a bowl, we could take a tortilla wrap and put some shredded cheese in it and put some of the rice mix in the wrap and eat it like a burrito. That will have wait for another time of making it, since we ate it all in one sitting...

This is the version of Zatarains that we used.
This is the version of Zatarains that we used.
Instructions on back of box.
Instructions on back of box.
I used my large pan.
I used my large pan.
simmer 25 minutes, stirring occasionally
simmer 25 minutes, stirring occasionally
rice absorbs water
rice absorbs water
use spatula to remove rice from pan
use spatula to remove rice from pan
Dump all of the vegetables, mushrooms and chicken on the melting butter, and saute while rice is cooking
Dump all of the vegetables, mushrooms and chicken on the melting butter, and saute while rice is cooking
After 25 minutes, caramelized vegetables and mushrooms and chicken
After 25 minutes, caramelized vegetables and mushrooms and chicken
dump rice onto finished vegetables
dump rice onto finished vegetables
add sauce to make a little spicier
add sauce to make a little spicier
salt to make saltier
salt to make saltier
pepper to add spicy heat
pepper to add spicy heat
rice swells and tenderizes as it simmers
rice swells and tenderizes as it simmers
use spatula to stir and flip vegetables around, for even caramelizing
use spatula to stir and flip vegetables around, for even caramelizing
package of fresh, sliced mushrooms
package of fresh, sliced mushrooms
celery, peppers, onions and mushrooms in pan
celery, peppers, onions and mushrooms in pan
add chopped chicken
add chopped chicken
saute
saute
stir
stir
closeup
closeup

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      17 months ago from Minnesota

      Linda Crampton, thank you for your comment. It was pretty good. Fairly easy.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a flavorful meal, especially with the addition of the butter and the sauce. Adding cheese to make a burrito would be a very nice variation.

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