Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf
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!
Chicken and Mushroom Wild Rice Pilaf
- 1 1/2 cups wild rice blend
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1 small yellow onion
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, or your favorite chicken cuts
- Salt and Pepper
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup dry white wine (or sub for broth)
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups chicken or beef broth
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari for a gluten free version)
Recipe by NeighborFood
Did u mean 2 instead of 4 chicken breasts? Your picture only has 2.
I do usually put four in there, but if you’re cooking for fewer people or don’t have four, you can just use two.
Every recipe of yours that I’ve made has been amazing, so I’m sure this one will be too. You’re absolutely right about it being homey and comforting. This is the perfect fall/winter dish. Printing it out and trying it as soon as I can!
This came out yummy and I love how you put it, “the rice will slurp the rest [of the broth] up”. So fun cooking with you!
It was wonderful. Thank you for this great recipe. If anyone is confused, the rice is uncooked and comes out fantastic! I made it without the eggs because of allergies and did not miss them at all.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for coming back here to let me know. And thanks again for catching the ingredient discrepancy. Way to trust your gut on the extra cup!
Oh, just saw Sue’s post about the chicken broth….what to do, what to do??? LOL!
So sorry about that! It’s 3 cups. I’ve fixed the recipe and added the soy sauce to the instructions as well. 🙂
Thanks so much Courtney! Starting it now!!
This looks so good, I would like to try it tonight. One question though, the recipe says 2 cups of chicken broth but in the instructions you say to pour the 3 cups of chicken broth over the mixture and you don’t mention the soy sauce. Did you mean to combine the soy sauce with the chicken for 2 1/4 cups of liquid?
Thank you so much for answering. It is in the oven and smells wonderful. For ingredients you have 2 cups of chicken broth and in the end it says 3 cups. I started with 2 and after a half hour I added another. I think 3 is right.
It is! I hope it turns out wonderful for you!
Thank you for catching that. I’ve updated the recipe as well.
Do you think it would be okay to make this without the eggs. We have an egg allergy. Could I put something else to replace it?
You can definitely make this without the eggs. You don’t need to substitute them with anything else either. They just add a little extra texture. It shouldn’t effect the end result at all.
yes, your grandmother was/is a saint! I remember you writing about her before. . 14 kids under one roof?! wow. I love dishes like this. . recipes passed down in the family. . looks so delicious and I’m all about buying free range organic chicken. . thanks for introducing us to Harvestland!
Looks good, Courtney. You should try updating those reunion staples, Italian Delight & Cherry Delight. (Apparently, we like our food to be delightful. 🙂 ) Plus, you have to post your mom’s custard pie. It is THE.BEST. 🙂
Thanks Tamra! I think this recipe might actually be your moms. It’s one of my favorites. I forgot about Cherry Delight! I love that stuff! I don’t know if I remember Italian Delight. Mom’s Custard Pie is actually on the blog–here’s the link! https://neighborfoodblog.com/2013/11/moms-custard-pie-sundaysupper.html
What a beautiful dish! So perfect for enjoying a chilly night in 🙂