This post is sponsored by Harvestland. As always, all opinions are my own.
This Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf is a family favorite and the ultimate comfort food for a chilly evening.
I have what you might call an *ahem* large family. I only have one older brother, but my extended family is borderline too abundant to count. Both my parents come from
large massive families, with my mom being the youngest of eight and my dad being the youngest of fourteen (<<Yes, you read that right. And yes, I think my grandmother probably was a saint). Nearly all of my parents’ siblings married and had children of their own, which means I really do have more cousins than I can count. Side note: in a social work class in college I was asked to draw my family tree (both sides, cousins included!!), on a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Ummmmmm, no.
Both sets of my grandparents were Amish at one time, which meant not only did they have big families, but they also were amazing cooks. As you can imagine, this makes our family reunions pretty epic. Lots of people + Loads of good food. I don’t know if any sight makes me happier than a table loaded with crock pots and fresh baked pies. I sincerely hope the streets of heaven are lined with casseroles and pie.
Of course, there are dishes we eagerly wait for every year. There are the usual suspects–chicken and noodles, meatballs, hickory nut cake, and custard pie. But I often find myself looking forward to this unassuming Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf most of all.
This recipe comes from my mom’s side of the family, and there’s something about it that always makes me want to go back for seconds. It is supremely satisfying, homey fare–the kind that warms you up from the inside out. The rice gets thrown into a casserole dish with a party of other flavor agents–sautéed onions and mushrooms, garlic, wine, broth, soy sauce, and scrambled eggs. The result is an intensely savory meal that needs nothing more than a simple green salad to round it out.
Normally I’d reach for the dark meat for this kind of casserole, but this time I decided to try something different. Harvestland is a line of chicken, turkey, and pork that is antibiotic free, humanely raised, and contains no added hormones. They pay attention to details, right down to their “tenderness guarantee” on their boneless skinless chicken breasts. We all know the disappointment of trying to chew a dry, stringy chicken breast, so of course I had to give this a try.
Luckily, it didn’t disappoint. The chicken stayed moist and tender, despite baking for an hour. However, if you prefer dark meat like me, bone-in thighs or drumsticks would also be great (and very budget friendly!) in this dish. Whatever you use, this casserole will bring the family to the table, and keep them there for seconds!
Over the next few months I’ll be sharing more wholesome family recipes created with Harvestland products. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more you can check out their website and see where you can find their products near you!
Recipe by NeighborFood