Swiss Chard, Chicken, and Wild Rice
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?