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A satisfying family style vegetables rice loaded with chicken cubes for easy weeknight meals.

When it comes to weekdays meal, I always try to make the fast and most convenient ones. Since there is no time to make any fancy meals, that is now limited to a big celebration or in a special occasions. It’s no surprise that as the school year progresses, with lots of my kids homeworks and activities, so do the daily challenges of everyday life, and from my own schedule that I’m preparing to take the GRE test, which is my first step into earning my graduate degree. So what’s a busy mom like me to do?

The simplified version of the well-known indian or Khaleeji dish “Biryani” which mostly features chicken and vegetables and rice.

The ingredients are simple, but chicken-and-rice combination take on a world of exotic flavors. some cubed chicken, frozen peas, carrots, potato all pound up with aromatic blend of spices, and in just about 40 minutes you’ll have a kicked-up chicken and vegetable rice dinner that’s both savory and satisfying.


Easy Chicken and Vegetable Rice

1 cup green peas, frozen
3 medium carrots,cut into small cubes
2 medium potato, cut into small cubes
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small cubes
1 large onion cuted in half and sliced thinly
1 1\2 cup basmatti rice, washed
2 tablespoon mixed ground spices (cardamom, cloves, coriander, all spice, black pepper, cumin)
1\4 teaspoon ground dill seeds
1\2 teaspoon turmeric
1 Maggi chicken stock cube
vegetable oil
2 1\4 cup chicken stock or water

In a large sauce pan, add 1-2 tablespoon vegetable oil, add the potato, stir and cover in medium heat until golden brown and almost cooked, put it a side. on the same pot, add the carrots, stir and let cook for 1 min before adding the peas, cook for more 2-3 min, put it a side.

Add the onion, add some more oil, stir and toast until browned, put it a side. on the same put add the chicken cubes with 1 teaspoon of the mixed spices, stir and let cooked halfway.

Add all the vegetables, the onion, the washed rice, 2 tablespoon mixed spices, the Maggi cube, the turmeric, salt and the dill, mix all together, add the stock or water, let boil, cover and simmer for about 15 min.

serve with your favourite salad or yogurt on the side.