Chicken and Rice Pilaf
Updated: Jan 11, 2021
Shelf Life of Ingredients: 1 year
A warm and cozy rice dish that can be used as a side dish, or add chicken and you have a meal.
Combine butter and olive oil in a medium size sauce pan. Heat until butter has melted.
Add the rice and spaghetti noodle pieces and cook over medium heat stirring constantly. The rice will begin to pop like popcorn, turning white.
Cook until the rice and noodles begin to turn a golden brown.
Add the chicken broth, chicken, and seasonings. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat to the lowest setting and simmer for 30 minutes.
Rice will be moist and fluffy.
Olive Oil: Olive oil will last at least a year on your pantry shelves. Always check the"best by" date since you don't know how long it has been sitting on the store shelves.
Butter: Store butter in your freezer. Land O Lakes states that you can freeze butter up to four months in the freezer without it losing any fresh butter flavor or picking up odors from other foods in your freezer. They suggest placing the original packaging in a freezer bag. They do not say that the butter will go bad, just that it might loose some flavor. I have stored frozen butter for a year without any problems. The only limitation I have found with frozen butter is that you cannot make puffed pastry with it. The pastry will not puff. If you do not have butter, you can use olive oil in this recipe.
Rice: Rice will last a year in its original store packaging on your pantry shelves. I buy a large Costco bag and store it in a 5 gallon food-grade bucket with a resealable lid.
Pasta: Pasta will last a year in its original store packaging on your pantry shelves.
Chicken Bouillon: Dehydrated chicken bouillon will last a year in its original store packaging on your pantry shelves. Canned chicken broth will last at least 2 years on your pantry shelf. Always check the "best by" date since you don't know how long it has been sitting on the store shelves.
Home-Canned Chicken: The USDA states that home-canned products should be used within 1 year. Check the seal before storing in your pantry. Always check the look and smell of your chicken when you open it.
Dehydrated Onions: Dehydrated onions will last a year on your pantry shelf. They can go stale after a year.