Chicken and Wild Rice Bake

I made this chicken and wild rice dinner and loved how quick it was for something a bit different. I don’t make rice that often but maybe I should! It was saucy with tender chicken, and flavorful with some crunchy rice bits. This would be a good make-ahead one.

The Three Bite Rule - Chicken & Wild Rice

Ingredients:

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
6 oz wild rice
6 oz brown rice
3 tbs olive oil
2 shallots, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
1/2 cup flour
salt & pepper
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 white wine (optional)
2 cups arugula

Directions:

Cook rice according to packaging. (I used half wild rice half brown rice or use all of one type.)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a large skillet to medium heat-high heat.
Add in olive oil, shallots, garlic, and chicken tossed in flour. Flip the chicken after cooking about 3 minutes.
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken & Wild Rice
Add in the chicken broth & wine increasing the temperature to high. Cook for 5 minutes, then remove the chicken.
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken & Wild Rice
Whisk well to incorporate the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
Reduce heat to low and cover to thicken.
Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and layer in the rice, then the chicken, then top with arugula.
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken & Wild Rice
Add a bit more flour to thicken sauce if desired.
Spoon the sauce over the chicken.
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken & Wild Rice
Bake for 30 minutes.
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken & Wild Rice
Enjoy!

I loved how tender the chicken was and the rice with a good but simple sauce. The arugula was for color and freshness but the peppery flavor was a really welcome addition. I served it with some roasted cauliflower since the oven was already going and it is a no-fuss side. I try to minimize sides if the main dish is more labor intensive.

The Three Bite Rule - Chicken & Wild Rice
I’d make this again and getting the rice prepped would speed it all up. It didn’t take that long but maybe minute rice would help too. I’m thinking chicken and wild rice soup should follow.

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