Swiss Chard, Chicken, and Wild Rice

Written by Cooking Naturally Editors on August 26th, 2012

Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Recipes
Chard in the field

Photo credit: photofarmer

With the bounteous delivery of my weekly CSA basket, we get a lot of greens. So many greens that I quickly tire of sautéing them and spend a lot of time looking for new ways to use them (and, I confess, occasionally letting them go bad in my fridge. You’ve gotta use those things fast!).

Over the past few weeks I’ve been doing a little experimenting with Swiss Chard and whatever I’ve happened to have in the house and actually came up with a few decent recipes. Here is one of them – a very quick and easy recipe as long as you give yourself time to cook the wild rice (it takes longer than regular rice):

Swiss Chard, Chicken & Wild Rice

(All measurements can be easily altered to fit your family size/taste)

  • 2 cups shredded/diced cooked chicken (I used leftover from a chicken roasted a few days previously)
  • 1 big bunch Swiss Chard, leaves removed and stems discarded
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice (cooked according to package instructions)

Add oil of your choice to a heated pan and toss in garlic and onion. Saute over medium heat until translucent, 2-3 min.

Add chicken and stir fry until warmed through. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Add chard and cook until wilted, about 3-5 min.

Toss with rice and serve.

A few possible alterations:

  • I happened to have some leftover bacon so I threw some in with the chicken/chard mixture, which gave it a really nice flavour.
  • If I hadn’t had the bacon, I would have added a splash of balsamic vinegar to keep it from being too dry. It might even be good with some shredded cheddar or a light cream sauce.
  • Any green would work in this recipe; you could also substitute white rice, brown rice, or quinoa.

Serve with sliced raw veggies for an easy, filling meal.

How do you like to serve chard and other greens?

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