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The Food of Downton Abbey: Chicken Herb Rice

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One of the favorite side-dishes served during elegant dinners with any roasted entree during the Edwardian era, was this very simple, yet very elegant, rice dish called Chicken Herb Rice. If you can make rice, you can make this dish.

In the slideshow you will see each of the steps to prepare this dish. You can use either short or long-grain rice. For the ultimate in taste you do want to use a homemade chicken stock and fresh basil.

For more delicious food and recipes from Downton Abbey and the Edwardian era, visit the Facebook page called The Food of Downton Abbey.

Ingredients needed to make Chicken Herb Rice (serves 4 as a side-dish):

  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup caraway seeds
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. minced basil

Steps:

  1. In a saucepan over high heat, bring the chicken stock to a boil.
  2. Into the stock stir the rice, garlic and caraway seeds.
  3. Lower the heat to low, cover and cook 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the cover from the pan and stir into the rice the scallions and basil.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let rest 10 minutes (the rice will be steaming).
  6. Mound onto a serving plate, garnish (see slideshow) and serve.

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Chicken Herb Rice: Ingredients
Chicken Herb Rice: Ingredients Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

Chicken Herb Rice: Ingredients

The perfect side-dish for any roasted entree from the Edwardian era of England. If you must use canned chicken stock, please use the sodium-free variety. As for the rice, either long or short grain will do.

Chicken Herb Rice: Cooking the Rice
Chicken Herb Rice: Cooking the Rice Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

Chicken Herb Rice: Cooking the Rice

Once the chicken stock has come to a boil, stir in the rice, garlic and caraway seeds. Lower the heat to low, cover and let the rice cook for 20 minutes. Do not remove the cover during the cooking time.

Chicken Herb Rice: Adding the Herbs
Chicken Herb Rice: Adding the Herbs Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

Chicken Herb Rice: Adding the Herbs

Once the rice has cooked 20 minutes, remove the cover and stir in the scallions and basil. Place the cover back on the pan, remove from the heat and let rest (steam) 10 minutes.

Chicken Herb Rice: Ready toServe
Chicken Herb Rice: Ready toServe Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

Chicken Herb Rice: Ready toServe

Once the rice has finished resting and the herbs have secreted their essential oils, it is ready to be serve. Stir it around in the pan a bit, which will help "fluff" up the rice.

Chicken Herb Rice: Garnishing
Chicken Herb Rice: Garnishing Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

Chicken Herb Rice: Garnishing

Mound the rice upon the serving plate. You can garnish the dish with your favorite herbs. We like to use whole basil leaves and the green tips of the scallions.

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