Chicken Balsetta by Ned Tobin

I call this dish Chicken Balsetta for its Basil. Its one of my staples.

What you’ll need:

  • rice (1/3 a cup per person)
  • chicken (~1 breast per person)
  • 1 tomatoe
  • 1/4 broccoli
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 slices of onion
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sesame seeds
  • celery seeds
  • basil
  • paprika
  • tarragon
  • salt/pepper
  • cardamom seeds

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To start get the rice on to boil. Wash the rice a few times by running it under the water, and then (for white rice) add 1:1 water:rice and bring to a boil, then turn to low and set your time for 15 minutes.

While I wait for the rice to boil, I chop up my chicken into bite sized pieces, and put them in the frying pan, add a dash of olive oil and turn it on med-high temp.

At this point, I add all the spices. My favorite for all chicken dishes is tarragon, some paprika, sesame seeds are a must, celery seeds, and the spice to make the recipe: Basil!

Keep an eye on this when cutting up veges so that it doesn’t burn (ie. stir it frequently!)

I like to cut up my garlic and onions first, to quickly get them in with the chicken to give it more flavor, but thats me.

Then cut up the carrots (and any other veges you so choose to add, just not the tomato) and throw them in when the chicken is almost done.

When this whole mix is almost done put your chopped up tomato’s into the mix, you just want to warm them up so that they don’t get soft on you, but still warm (this is how I like them personally).

Mind your rice, it should be done about the same time. The chicken usually takes me about 10 min, the rice 15 min always. So, just time it right.

I like to serve mine with a side of a few slices of tomato to make it look extra pretty!

chicken balsetta_4Enjoy!

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