Chicken Scampi with Garlic Parmesan Rice

Did you know that scampi is an actual thing? I didnt! I was doing a little research before I wrote this recipe post and learned that scampi isnt merely a way of cooking garlicy shrimp but its actually the original crustacean used in the popular dish (hence the name)!

Chicken Scampi with Garlic Parmesan Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. chicken tenderloins
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic*
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste and garlic powder. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. Saut chicken tenderloins until nicely browned and just cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet, cover chicken then set aside.
  2. Add butter, garlic, pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the skillet then saut garlic for 3 minutes (do not let the garlic burn or become too brown).
  3. Increase skillet temperature to medium-high then add white wine. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to emulsify the wine into the butter. Cook and stir for approximately 5 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half. Remove and set aside 2 tablespoons of pan sauce to use later.
  4. Add rice to skillet with remaining butter sauce then stir and cook for 3-4 minutes or until rice starts to brown just a little. Add chicken broth and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring mixture to a low boil then reduce heat to medium-low, cover pan then cook for 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir once or twice the first 15 minutes of cooking but not more than that.
  5. Sprinkle parmesan over rice then arrange chicken tenders in skillet over rice. Drizzle reserved 2 tablespoons of pan sauce over chicken tenders. Cover, remove from heat then let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish dish with more parmesan and chopped fresh parsley if desired.
Recipe Notes
  1. Definitely use FRESH minced garlic in this recipe. The stuff in the jar just isnt the same.
  2. I really dont think you should substitute anything for the white wine but if you must, combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice with additional chicken broth to measure 1/2 cup.
  3. Feel free to use shrimp instead of chicken!
  4. I don't know if this can be made with Minute rice or brown rice because I've never cooked either type of rice.
  5. I don't know how this could be converted to a slow cooker recipe.
  6. Since folks often ask, I dont use any particular brand or variety of wine. I most often use chardonnay because thats what I tend to have but pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc are great too.
  7. Dont use a cooking wine(the saying that you shouldnt cook with wine thats not good enough to drink is great advice) but you dont need to break the bank either. I usually spend about 10 bucks a bottle for the wine I keep around. If you dont drink wine, consider buying a 4-pack of mini bottles (save the remaining bottles for future recipes or give them away to friends).

Notes

Recipe source: southyourmouth
Tags: #easyrecipes #dinner #chickenrecipes #food #cooking #chicken #easy #recipes

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