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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..” And also the busiest – between the decorating, baking, shopping and activities everyone’s calendar is jam packed. So I thought that, instead of sharing another holiday recipe, I’d share one of my favorite “get dinner on the table quick” recipes, an Easy Skillet Chicken Biryani. India’s version of “chicken and rice” this Easy Skillet Chicken Biryani is a streamlined version – but with all the flavors of a traditional biryani. Tomatoes, onions, chiles and chicken are infused with fragrant spices and sweet sultana raisins and surrounded by tender white rice. All you need is salad, like this Blood Orange, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, and dinner is served!
Despite the Indian origins of this dish, I can find everything I need for this Easy Skillet Chicken Biryani at my local market. Lately, I’ve been shopping at our local Walmart Neighborhood Market which I’ve happily discovered has a large range of ingredients – especially two of my favorite pantry staples – Ro*Tel tomatoes and Pam cooking spray!
Ro*Tel and Queso are pretty much synonymous, but these tomatoes have so many more uses! I love using them in Indian curries, pasta sauces and even in some Moroccan influenced dishes as well. Tomatoes and chiles are a classic combination and a great basis for a wide variety of dishes – which is why I always have a variety of Ro*Tel tomatoes in my pantry. With a few other staple ingredients, I have everything I need for for easy and flavorful dishes like this Easy Skillet Chicken Biryani!
And yes, there is always a can of Pam cooking spray – which is perfect for this chicken biryani. Just spray a little olive oil flavored Pam in your pan…
add the onions, garlic, ginger and spices and saute for a few minutes…
Add in the chicken and cook until the chicken is browned….
Then add in your Ro*Tel tomatoes!!
Stir in the raisins, lime juice, rice and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 12 -15 minutes and….
There you have it! Richly flavored, slightly, sweet and slightly spicy Easy Skillet Chicken Biryani.
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