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Yellow rice chicken with peas - mom's recipe

Author: Amira
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  • 2 cups rice- I've used jasmine.
  • 1.5 c of frozen peas.
  • 1 lb of boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs, cubed.
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped.
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter.
  • 2 Tbs of olive oil.
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric.
  • 1/4 tsp of ground cardamoms.
  • 1 cinnamon stick.
  • Pinch salt.
  • A generous pinch of saffron.
  • Water or chicken broth to cook the rice.


  • Allow saffron to brew in 2 Tbl of hot water while making the rest of the recipe.
  • Heat a large deep skillet or non-stick pot over medium high heat, add the oil and butter until butter melts.
  • Add turmeric and give it a good stir until it is fragrant, takes from one to two minutes.
  • Add ground cardamoms and stir for another 30 seconds.
  • Add chopped onions and stir until translucent. Throw in the cubed chicken and stir until lightly browned.
  • Add frozen peas and a half cup of water, when it boils, reduce heat, cover and let it cook for 10 minutes.
  • Then add rice, brewed saffron, cinnamon stick and enough water or chicken broth to cook the rice according to your package, I've added 3 cups.*
  • Adjust the salt and bring to a hard boil.
  • Reduce heat and cover, let it cook until done, takes about 25 minutes.
  • Fluff and serve as a one dish meal, just have some green salad to go with.
  • Enjoy.


* Please note: the amount of liquid is relative to the type and brand of your rice.

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