Chicken rice is a Portuguese traditional dish that everybody loves (or hates). It is not paella, nor risotto, it´s our own national pride and joy that we often cook for picnics in a pot wrapped in a blanket and newspaper. I know it sounds very weird but it actually maintains a low cooking temperature and enhances the flavors until it´s time to serve.
When I´m craving for some comfort food, I often think of this aromatic chicken rice packed full of flavor.
The secret to this hearty recipe…
… lies in the fact that everything is cooked in the same pot or pan, respecting a given order.
Besides chicken and rice, carrots are often used. I´ve added chickpeas, for extra amounts of energy, antioxidants and protein. If you are following a low FODMAP diet just be careful with the quantity you eat: the recommended amount is 1/4 cup (44 gr.).
The beautiful golden color is due to turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent for people suffering with IBS and an excellent source of both iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, and potassium.
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove with skin, crushed
- 4 chicken drumsticks, skinless
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 cup/220 gr medium-grain white rice
- 1 large carrot, finely chopped
- ½ cup canned chickpeas
- sea salt
- Heat the olive oil with the garlic clove in a large non-stick frying pan over medium–high heat. Remove the garlic clove.
- Toss in the chicken and turmeric and cook for 2–3 minutes, or until golden brown, turning often to ensure even color.
- Cover the chicken with water and let it cook over medium heat for approx. 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the rice, carrot, chickpeas and cover again with water. Bring to the boil, salt to taste, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for another 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Give everything a good stir and season to taste, if necessary.
- Remove from the heat and stand, covered, for a further 15 minutes.
If you are following a low FODMAP diet, canned chickpeas are safer because they have less FODMAP´s. Also be careful with the quantity you eat: the recommended amount is ¼ cup (44 gr.).