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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.

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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


  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.

The new cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards is now available from and bookstores worldwide. One of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year, "Edwardian Cooking: Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals."



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