Recipe for Chicken Wild Rice & Asparagus

Recipe for Chicken Wild Rice & AsparagusThe unique taste and texture of wild rice perfectly complements the chicken and asparagus in this dish, but the recipe is delicious served over any type of rice. The dish is versatile enough to allow you to take some creative liberty and add or substitute a few ingredients. The recipe serves 2 to 3.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 1 cup wild rice (uncooked)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. dried chives
  • 8 oz. asparagus
  • 12 oz. boneless chicken breast
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup pistachios, chopped
 
Step 1
Bring the rice to a boil in the chicken broth and water with the chives, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
Step 2
Meanwhile, boil the asparagus in water for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain, cut into bite-sized pieces, and set aside.
Step 3
Cut chicken into strips about ¼ inch wide and ½ inch thick. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat and sauté chicken, garlic and asparagus until cooked thoroughly.
Step 4
Mix the remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil with balsamic vinegar. Spoon the chicken mixture over the rice and drizzle with oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with pistachios.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Try toasting the pistachios over medium heat for a little extra crunch. For an Asian flavor, substitute soy or teriyaki sauce for the balsamic vinegar.
 
Be sure to cook the chicken thoroughly so no pink remains.

Article Written By Nicole Wolf

A Colorado native, Nicole Wolf is a freelance writer. She primarily writes health and fitness-related articles for online publications such as Trails.com. Wolf graduated from Whitman College in 2008 with a B.A. in psychology. Her education in this field has expanded the versatility and depth of her writing.

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