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Creamy mushroom and leek rice with crispy chicken

Creamy mushroom and leek rice with crispy chicken

  • Serves: 4
  • Difficulty: medium
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    1 1/2 cups Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice
    1 tbsp butter
    1 tbsp oil
    1 white onion, finely chopped
    2 leeks, finely sliced
    4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
    1 tbsp oil
    150 g shimeji mushrooms (whole) or use baby button mushrooms
    250 g brown mushrooms, sliced
    8 chicken thighs and drumsticks with skin
    1 tbsp oil
    salt and pepper to taste

    For the creamy sauce
    2 tbsp butter
    2 tbsp flour
    1 cup full cream milk
    1/4 cup grated white cheddar cheese
    1/3 cup heavy cream
    1/4 cup dry white wine

    To garnish
    fresh thyme leaves


    1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C and line a baking tray with foil.
    2. Cook the rice according to instructions on the packet.
    3. In a pan heat the butter and oil and sauté the onion, leeks and thyme on a low heat until soft. Remove from the pan and set aside in a bowl.
    4. Heat the 1 tablespoon oil in the same pan and fry the mushrooms on high heat until golden.
    5. Place the chicken thighs on the foil-covered baking tray, cover with oil and salt and pepper and bake for 30 minutes or longer, until cooked through and crispy.
    6. To make the creamy sauce: Melt the butter on a low heat in a saucepan. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes.
    7. Remove from the heat and whisk in the milk. Return to the heat and cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes.
    8. Add the cheese, cream and wine and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    9. In a large pan mix the cooked rice, the onion and leeks, mushrooms and cream sauce together and heat through.
    10. Serve the chicken thighs and drumsticks on the creamy rice and garnish with the fresh thyme.

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