You know you’re in trouble when the granny undies you bought for comfort (you know the ones that reach up to your chin) start to fit you like a G string! I am full of shame when I contemplate my jumbo-size scanties, but on the other hand, I am full of pride when I realise that this unfortunate situation is due to the fact that my food is simply irresistible. What can I say, you win some you lose some? Or in my case, you lose some but you gain so much... To atone for my sins, I made a fat-free poached chicken breast dish, accompanied by yummy Mediterranean rice.
1 small brown onion, sliced
1 celery stalk, cut into pieces
2 cardamon pods, crushed
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 cinnamon quill
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorn
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
800 g chicken breast
1 cup of rice
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 medium onion diced
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 cup roasted flaked almonds
Place chicken, onion, celery, spices and a pinch of salt into a saucepan. Fill the saucepan with enough water to cover the chicken.
Bring water to the boil then lower the heat to a gentle simmer for 6-8 minutes, turn the heat off and allow to cool for twenty minutes.
Remove chicken when cooled and cut into pieces or shred.
Strain chicken stock through a fine sieve and set aside to use later.
In a pot, heat the oil on low heat and sauté onion with the salt, approx. 8-10 minutes.
Add rice and stir in spices for a couple of minutes making sure, rice is nicely coated.
Pour 1 1/4 cups of reserved chicken stock.
Bring to the boil, give the rice a stir then reduce the heat to low.
Cover the pot and simmer gently until rice is cooked through, approx. 12-15min.
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