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The Delicious Duo: Blue Diamond Chicken and Rice

When we think of comfort food, chicken and rice often come to mind. This classic dish has been a staple in many households for generations, and it’s no surprise why. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it’s also flavorful and satisfying.

One way to elevate this classic dish is by using blue diamond chicken and rice. This variation combines the tender juiciness of chicken with the nutty flavor of blue diamond rice. In this article, we’ll explore what makes blue diamond chicken and rice so special and share some delicious recipes that will make you want to try this variation for yourself.

## What is Blue Diamond Rice?

Blue diamond rice is a type of long-grain rice that’s grown in California’s Sacramento Valley. It gets its name from the natural indigo hue that occurs in certain types of wild rice, giving it a distinct appearance compared to other types of white or brown rice.

But there’s more to blue diamond rice than just its unique color. It also has a nutty flavor profile that makes it an excellent choice for dishes that require grains with a bit more personality.

## Why Use Blue Diamond Rice in Chicken and Rice Dishes?

The nuttiness of blue diamond rice pairs perfectly with the savory flavor of chicken, creating a delicious combination that’s sure to please your taste buds.

Moreover, not only does blue diamond rice add depth and flavor complexity to your dish, but it also adds nutrition value as well. Compared with other types of white or brown rices, blue diamond contains dietary fiber which can aid digestion as well as micronutrients such as folate which supports healthy blood cells production.

## 3 Delicious Blue Diamond Chicken & Rice Recipes

Ready to try this delicious duo? Here are three mouth-watering recipes featuring blue diamond chicken and rice:

### Blue Diamond Chicken Fried Rice

– 2 cups of cooked blue diamond rice
– 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
– 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, green beans)
– 2 cloves garlic minced
– 1 egg lightly beaten
– 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
– Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until hot.
2. Add half of the vegetable oil and swirl to coat pan.
3. Add chicken and stir-fry for three minutes or until no longer pink.
4. Add mixed vegetables and garlic; stir-fry for two minutes or until vegetables are heated through.
5. Push ingredients aside in wok/skillet—add remaining oil to the center of the wok/skillet then add lightly beaten eggs to create scramble eggs before mixing everything together.
6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

### Blue Diamond Chicken Biryani

For chicken marinade:
– 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
– 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
– Juice of one lemon,
– Zest of one lemon,
– Handful of cilantro stems removed,
– Two cloves garlic, crushed,
– One-inch piece ginger grated,
For biryani preparation:
– 2 cups blue diamond rice, cooked
– 2 onions sliced finely
– One can plum tomatoes roughly chopped
– ½ teaspoon coriander powder
– ½ teaspoon cumin powder
– 1 teaspoon chili flakes
– Handful fresh mint leaves chopped roughly

1. In a bowl mix yogurt with the spices: salt, coriander powder, cumin powder & chili flakes). Whisk well together before folding in your chopped cilantro leaves.
2. Put in your cut-up chicken breasts into the prepared marinade mixture above cover it up tightly with plastic wrap then set aside for 1-2 hours.
3. Once the marinating is complete, heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and add all the chicken letting it fry until brown on both sides while ensuring chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet pan onto a plate & set aside.
4. In the same skillet pan, add more oil & stir-fry finely sliced onions until they become translucent before adding plum tomatoes into the mixture.
5. Add salt according to taste and cook until plum tomatoes break down into sauce-like consistency
6. Layer rice then tomato/chicken/onion mix in a pot or container with a tight-fitting lid; repeat layers making sure food is evenly distributed between each layer of foods
7. Finish off by garnishing with fresh mint leaves.

### Blue Diamond Chicken and Rice Casserole

– 2 cups blue diamond rice, cooked
– 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
– 1 can cream of mushroom soup
– 1 cup milk
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) degrees.
2. Lightly grease an oven-safe baking dish with cooking spray.
3. Mix together cooked blue diamond rice, diced chicken breast, cream of mushroom soup, milk, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl before pouring everything into the baking dish.
4. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil then bake for around forty-five minutes or when bubbling hot all through-out top & bottom of mixture before sprinkling shredded cheddar cheese atop casserole mixture right at end of recipe.

## Why You Should Try Blue Diamond Chicken and Rice

Blue diamond chicken and rice is an excellent way to elevate classic comfort food to something special that’s satisfying as well as healthy.

The nuttiness of blue diamond rice pairs perfectly with the savory flavor of chicken, creating a unique and delicious taste experience in each bite. Try one of our recipes today and discover what makes this duo so special!