Mum's Chicken Rice Dish

Recipe - Serves 4 (well)

4 Skinless chicken breast
8 floz whole grain rice (measured in a jug)
50g Kalamata olives - stoned and ripped in half
2 large peppers (yellow or orange)
2 onions
50g sun dried tomatoes
2 cloves garlic - large and fat
1 tablespoon chopped fresh herds - mix of thyme, parsley, rosemary and oregano
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon rich tomato paste
half teaspoon paprika - hot 
3 or 4 fresh bay leaves - or 2 dried
275ml chicken stock
170ml dry white wine
salt and freshly milled black pepper


 
Before you can start to cook it's important to get everything prepared first. So....... cut each chicken breast into 4 large chunks. Peel the onions and cut into wedges (leave the root unbroken so the wedges stay whole) cut the peppers into long thick strips and peel and finely chop the garlic. 
 
Measure out your rice, chop the herbs and cut up the sun dried tomatoes into strips it they are rather on the large size. 

So once all that is done your ready to cook. Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas 4

Set a large casserole pot over a medium to high heat and add half the olive oil. Once hot add the chicken and fry to seal on all sides. Remove from the pan and add the rest of the oil. Now add your peppers and onions. Cook for about four to five minutes - allowing them to catch on the edges. Next add the sun dried tomatoes and the garlic - move it all around to distribute the flavours and then add the rice. Stir the pan to get the rice coated in the oils and then add the tomato paste, the paprika and the chopped herbs.


Pour in the wine, along with the stock, give the pan a good shake and allow to come to the boil. Add a little salt and pepper, then place the chicken back into the pan, sprinkle the olives on the top and tuck in the bay leaves.

Pop the lid on and place in the oven for approx 60 - 80 minutes (check the rice after about 50 minutes it maybe ready) 

Once cooked serve on it's own or with a green salad and maybe some diced feta.