Sunday, February 1, 2009

Chicken and tomato bake with melted brie

This is one of our favourite chicken recipes - try it tonight and see if it's yours too!

Ingredients (serves 4)
* 1 tbs olive oil
* 1 medium onion, finely chopped
* 150g mild pancetta or bacon, chopped
* 2 (approx 300g) small single chicken breast fillets, diced
* 1 garlic clove, crushed
* 300g long-grain white rice
* 1 x 500g jar good-quality tomato passata or pasta sauce
* Salt and pepper
* 1 tbs chopped fresh basil leaves (plus a few extra to garnish)
* 200g brie cheese, sliced

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof frying pan or casserole dish over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 1-2 minutes or until just starting to soften. Add pancetta and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken and garlic, and cook, stirring, until chicken is lightly browned. Stir in the rice, tomato passata and 500ml water. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Cover the pan with a lid or some foil and place in preheated oven to bake for 30 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stand the pan, covered, on the bench for 5 minutes to absorb excess liquid. Stir in the basil.
3. Preheat grill to high. Place the brie, slightly overlapping, on top of the rice and place under the grill for 5 minutes until the cheese starts to melt and turn golden. Garnish with the basil leaves.

delicious. - Page 72
Recipe by Valli Little


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