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Monday, November 14, 2011

Mother's Chicken & Rice

Brent has always loved his grandmother's chicken and rice and she would make extra, so that he would have some to take home for leftovers.  He's not the only grandchild or great-grandchild to love their grandmother's chicken and rice.  As holidays would near, Daddy would go in search of a fat hen for Mother to cook for her chicken and rice and also dressing.  His search was always to grocery stores and not to a farmer's hen house!  They would buy a whole hen and ask the butcher to cut the hen into quarters.  She would then use two quarters for her chicken and rice.  She would place the hen quarters in a large pot and cover with water.  She would add 1 tsp. salt.  She would boil the hen quarters until the chicken was done, approx. one hour.  She would remove the chicken from the pot to cool.  Save all of the chicken broth that the chicken cooked in.  Remove the chicken from the bone.  Tear the chicken into bite size pieces. 

                                                    Mother's Chicken & Rice

4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
chicken pieces
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Pour 4 cups of chicken broth into a dutch oven.  Return chicken pieces to chicken broth.  Add salt & pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Add rice and stir.  Reduce heat and stir for 5 min.  Cover with lid.  Cook for 22 min. 

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