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Faux Stir Fry with Basmati Rice

The Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette that we bought at the Farm Show is so good that we're making up recipes to use it. This recipe is one of those. I asked Joe what we had in the pantry, and he rattled off a few things. On the list was a 15 pound bag of basmati rice we'd purchased from Sam's Club a while ago but never opened. Not knowing how to cook it or what to cook it with, I asked Joe to follow the instructions on the bag and make a cup. In the interest of time (and because Grace has been a very tired and very cranky small person today), Joe chopped up some fresh veggies and opened a can of shredded chicken to stir in with the rice. He measured one cup of the rice-veggies-chicken mixture for each of us, and he poured one ounce of balsamic vinaigrette over the top just before he put our plates on the table. No cheese. No cream. Nothing remotely rich at all. But, oh, the flavors. I wasn't very hungry, but I really wanted a second helping. I abstained so that I could enjoy it again for lunch tomorrow. We're going to be making basmati rice a lot, thanks to that 15 pound bag. I'm looking forward to every bite.

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Faux Stir Fry with Basmati Rice
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Instructions
  1. Prepare basmati rice according to package directions.
  2. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes. Add carrots, broccoli, and chicken. Cook until vegetables are crisp-tender and brightly colored.
  3. Serve immediately. At the table, pour 1 ounce of salad dressing over rice mixture.
  4. Try to eat just one serving.
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  • We really used just what we had in the house. I think this would be awesome with sugar snap peas and water chestnuts added in. Oh, and cauliflower. Maybe a handful of corn, too.
  • The shredded chicken was nice because it blended in with the rice. I don't like the texture of most meats, so that appealed to me. I would shred whatever meat went into this dish.
  • If I calculated correctly, one cup of this mixture has 276 calories. That's insanely low for such a hearty, filling meal.

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26 thoughts on “Faux Stir Fry with Basmati Rice”

  1. I used to know someone who grew up in Pakistan, and she was on me all the time about quitting the white rice/brown rice habit. She said that it was all starch and no rice. I've never been sure what she meant about that, but the basmati rice was more firm and had a nicer texture in my opinion. It wasn't sticky. And it had a nice flavor that was different from regular rice.

  2. Oh this sounds like one of my go to meals. I love the 15lb bag of Sam's Basmati rice and their canned chicken and I have them both! LOL. I never thought about the salad dressing for a little extra something.
    Thanks for posting.
    Blessings,
    Kim

  3. Oh this looks YUMMY!! I have LOTS of rice in my pantry too!! I rarely cook it because – yeah – I dont know WHAT to cook it with…. 🙂 I will definitely be trying this one out!! Thank you for sharing!

    Happy Tackle and Tasty Tuesday! 🙂

  4. This sounds delicious! Basmati rice is my absolute favorite. I love how it smells like buttered popcorn while it’s cooking. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Basmati rice is the bomb! My husband introduced me to it, and I've tried making other rices in the years since, but nothing else compares. I make it in a rice cooker, so it's super easy. Just load it up, stir a few times and forget it.

    Your recipe sounds great, Tara. I'm going to give it a try next time I have leftovers – which probably will be the next time I make rice. I haven't mastered scaling down dinner yet since my husband deployed.

  6. Basmati rice is the bomb! My husband introduced me to it, and I've tried making other rices in the years since, but nothing else compares. I make it in a rice cooker, so it's super easy. Just load it up, stir a few times and forget it.

    Your recipe sounds great, Tara. I'm going to give it a try next time I have leftovers – which probably will be the next time I make rice. I haven't mastered scaling down dinner yet since my husband deployed.

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