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Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Chicken Risi e Bisi, a dinner idea!

Cooking almost every meal we eat is my kitchen style. And requires a bit of creative license to use what we have on hand in the pantry. Often times we will be eating dinner and my husband will turn to me and say, "are you going to blog this?” That is how a dinner idea came to be...not really a recipe, but too good, not to share.

Now before you think this is a fussy recipe and too much to put together on a busy night, think again! 

This is a simple version of a classic Italian side dish with some added chicken, and that is all. It is so easy and simple it is ready in about 15 minutes! We used two thighs for this dinner, but this would it would be easy to double the chicken and serve four people. I had put this together once before and it became an instant hit, it will be served again, I assure you. 

Some additional thoughts on this dinner idea

I keep cooked brown rice in my freezer ready to go. However this would be a great way to use up leftover rice from another meal.

If you prefer, you may use a light white wine or milk in place of the half and half. 

And while you could always use a more expensive Parmesan cheese, this kitchen standard works just fine!

Ingredients needed for this dinner idea:
  • boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • cooked brown rice
  • butter
  • oil
  • frozen peas
  • half and half 
  • Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
You will also need the following:
  • kitchen scissors 
  • large frying pan with a lid
  • silicone spatula 
Now we are ready to begin!

Chicken Risi e Bisi
by the seat of my pants, a dinner idea!

Interestingly the only ingredients not shown in this photo are the oil and the butter, just like when I made Pan Fried Chicken with Broccoli Brown Rice...Place a couple teaspoons of butter along with a couple of teaspoons of oil in the bottom of the frying pan. Melt the butter over medium heat.  While the butter is melting, using the kitchen scissors, cut the chicken thighs into bite sized pieces. 

Swirl the pan to mix the butter and oil together. Add the bite sized pieces of chicken, season with salt, freshly ground pepper and garlic powder. Let cook over medium high heat for about five minutes, stirring once or twice.

Add the frozen peas, the cooked brown rice and about 1/2 c half and half to the frying pan. Stir all the ingredients together, cover and let simmer about 5-6 minutes.

To finish, add about 1/2 c Parmesan cheese to the frying pan, gently stir the cheese evenly into the other ingredients. If you prefer, you may add a bit more half and half for a creamier sauce. 

Chicken Risi e Bisi is ready to serve! We paired ours with buttered green beans, and fruit for dessert. 

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  1. Easy-peasy (pun intended). Looks delish. (I could use almond milk with a bit of flour to thicken?)

    1. Nickie, I see no reason why not! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

  2. Hubby would enjoy this recipe. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 120. Pinned.

  3. Looks delicious and an easy midweek dinner. Bernadette, New Classic Recipes

  4. Melynda this looks so good, and I know my husband will like it as well. Plus I have all the ingredients on hand. Just came over from #SeniorSalon.

  5. Thank you so much for helping celebrate the What's for Dinner birthday!! Hope to see you on Sunday for our regular party!

  6. Simple but so good! And the name is so fun to say

  7. I just started weight watchers a few weeks ago. This looks like a delicious meal I can have with few points!! Thank you, I will give it a try.

    1. Debra, I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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    1. Food Nutters, and the best part is how easy this is to make...

  9. This sounds great - and I'm going to use your idea to store cooked rice in the freezer! What a great idea - Thanks for Sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Hope your week is fabulous!


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