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Today: A New Orleans chicken and rice dish that's the ideal weeknight dinner—without taking any shortcuts.
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What if we told you that in the span of one hour, you could create a spice mix, braise a chicken, make a pot of mushroom stock, create delicious dirty rice from scratch, and feed your entire family (or five friends) out of one skillet? Jenny H.'s recipe for Creole Chicken with Mushroom Dirty Rice doesn't take any shortcuts (no store-bought stock or boxed mix of dirty rice), but somehow yields a homemade meal that's packed with a rich, earthy flavor in the span of one episode of True Detective. The depth of flavor comes from loads of garlic, serrano chile, mushrooms, and tomatoes. The only real challenge here is to keep yourself from dipping your fork into the crispy bits of rice along the edges before serving—which you can do by just setting the entire pan on a trivet on the table. Dig in.
1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms 5 bone-in, skin-on free-range chicken thighs 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, divided 5 teaspoons creole seasoning (see Step 1), divided Grapeseed oil, for frying 3 cups assorted mushrooms, such as maitake, shiitake, and oyster 2 cups yellow onion, diced 5 large cloves of garlic, minced 1 cup diced celery 1 1/2 cups diced green bell pepper 1/2 serrano chile, diced 3 fresh bay leaves 1/4 teaspoon roughly chopped fresh oregano 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme 1 cup crushed tomatoes, juice and all 1 cup long grain rice, such as basmati Thinly sliced scallions and chopped parsley, as garnish
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).