Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day & Chicken with Rice

Did you know that....

Memorial Day...

was formally known as Decoration Day.

was honored in the South when ladies organizations and schoolchildren would decorate graves in Richmond during the Civil War.

volunteers place an American flag on each grave to honor those who have died in military service.

serves as a marker to summer vacation.

is always held on the last Monday of May.

Thank you to all who have served and are serving our country!!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Monday and takes some time to think about the meaning behind this special day.

I also want to share with you a recipe I made this weekend for some guests who were visiting us.
The ingredients you would need for this recipe include:
8 chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)
2 cups of chicken broth
A dash of salt and pepper to coat the chicken thighs
2 teaspoons of olive oil
1 small onion (chopped or sliced)
3 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons of tawny port wine
Sprinkled fresh parsley to taste
3-4 cups of cooked rice to serve with chicken and bread

I also made an olive oil spread with French bread.
To do this, just preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cut open your French bread in a way in which you can add your spread on top.
I placed butter, olive oil, and some spices on the bread and cooked it for about 7 minutes.
What you get is a delicious side to a delicious meal! It tastes soooo good!

Okay, now back to the chicken dish.
The first thing you want to do is coat your chicken thighs with a dash of salt and pepper and cook 4-5 minutes on each side on a skillet or until brown.

Next, chop your onion and add it to the skillet after your chicken has cooked and you remove each chicken thigh from the pan. What you want is for the onion to cook in the juices left-over from the chicken.
Add your butter, chicken broth, wine, and parsley to the onions in the pan and cook until the butter is melted and the onions are soft.

Then you can add all of the ingredients together at the end or separate the sauce from the chicken (which is what I did) and let cool until you are ready to eat.

I wanted my guests to be able to pick out how many chicken thighs they wanted and to decide how much sauce they wanted to put on top of their chicken, so the two dishes were separate.

Plate your chicken and sauce on top of your rice and serve with your olive oiled/buttered French bread and you have yourself a quick and delicious dinner for your family and friends!!

This recipe was made originally made by me after reading about a different way to cook chicken while using a cherry sauce instead of what I used. Please do try and make this sometime because it does not disappoint. Our guests and my family loved this meal and I would make it again for sure! (Which I actually am doing for another family next month).

How do you celebrate and remember Memorial Day?

Thanks for stopping by!

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