I decided to make up a more healthy and delicious version of my coconut rice this weekend and it seems like it turned out pretty well. I'm posting the recipe here (naturally without measurements since I don't use them). I sort of haphazardly throw unusual things together when cooking, and just taste it as I go. It usually turns out very well the first time.
First I marinated 3 chicken breasts. For the marinade, I mixed up pineapple juice, mango juice, and the syrup from a small jar of mandarin oranges. Then I squeezed an entire fresh lemon into the mix. I sprinkled in spices (Mrs.Dash, McCormick Garlic Pepper Grinder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and a pinch of cilantro. I then prepped the chicken, cutting off all fat and gristle, and dicing it into small chunks to aid the absorption of the flavor. I immersed it in the pan of marinade, covered it, and left it in the refrigerator overnight to soak in the flavor.
The next day, I simply put the pot on the stove and cooked it over medium heat. While the chicken was cooking, I made a huge pot of rice. The rice wasn't finished cooking when the chicken finished. I took the chicken out and poured the water off the rice. I replaced the water with the already hot marinade and finished the rice in this juice. When the rice was done, I poured off the extra juice. I then mixed in the chicken, some cheese, diced pineapples, and coconut shavings. I added a lot of other spices to round out the flavor and it was ready to eat.
I made a full bag of rice and 3 chicken breasts, so I had a LOT of food. I have been working on the leftovers for days and shared some with a few coworkers.
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