Lebanese Inspired Chicken and Rice

 

 

  • 2 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked parboiled rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded into large pieces
  • 1/4 cup toasted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds
  • Cilantro for garnish, if desired

In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown the onions in the oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the garlic, spices and rice. Continue cooking for 1 minute, stirring to coat the rice with the oil. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 25 minutes.

Add the chicken, pistachios and almonds. Continue cooking until the chicken is heated through. Taste for salt and pepper; adjust the seasoning if required. Place in serving dish and garnish if desired.

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