Chicken With Dirty Rice Stuffing
This moist and flavorful chicken dish that is stuffed with a tasty mixture of sautéed chicken livers, rice, and toasted pine nuts.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 2tablespoons olive oil , plus more for drizzling
- 8tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, divided
- ½pound chicken livers
- 6scallions, or green onions, chopped, with 4 inches of green parts
- 2cloves garlic, minced
- ½cup dry white wine, divided
- ¼cup pine nuts , lightly toasted
- ½cup chopped fresh parsley , plus more for garnish
- 2cups cooked rice
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
Step 1Gather the ingredients
Step 2Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large skillet or sauté pan, heat the olive oil and 4 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat.
Step 3Add the chicken livers and sauté until all the pink color disappears, about 10 minutes.
Step 4While the livers are cooking, use a wooden spoon to break the pieces down into smaller pieces about the consistency of ground beef.
Step 5Add the green onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
Step 6Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about a minute.
Step 7Add 1/4 cup white wine to the pan to deglaze and then add toasted pine nuts, parsley and season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Continue heating another 5 minutes for flavors to meld.
Step 8Remove from heat and stir in the cooked rice to the mixture. Set aside to cool slightly.
Step 9Pound the chicken breasts or thighs lightly on a cutting board until they are an even thickness. You don’t want them too thin, but you do want them to cook evenly.
Step 10Lightly grease a large baking dish or nonreactive pan.
Step 11Place 1 of the pounded chicken pieces on your cutting board. Place approximately a 1/4 cup of stuffing mixture on one half of the chicken.
Step 12Fold the other half over to cover.
Step 13Repeat with remaining chicken and stuffing. Transfer the stuffed chicken pieces in the baking dish or pan. Drizzle the rolls lightly with olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and then dot each piece with a pat from the remaining butter. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of white wine to the pan.
Step 14Bake uncovered in a 350 F oven for approximately 35 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a bit of chopped parsley for serving.