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Mushroom, Asparagus, Chicken Sauté with Rice Pilaf

Mushroom, Asparagus, Chicken Sauté with Rice Pilaf


For the rice pilaf:

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 cup orzo or broken spaghetti

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice

  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock/poaching liquid

  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts

For the sauté:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms, such as hen of the woods or maitake, crimini and shitake (whatever looks great at the market), stemmed and sliced

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped

  • 1 bundle asparagus, ends trimmed, thinly sliced on bias

  • 4 shallots, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons flour

  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine or dry sherry

  • 2 1/2 cups poaching liquid/chicken stock

  • 2-3 cups pulled poached chicken or pulled rotisserie chicken

  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


For the rice, heat a medium size saucepot over medium heat with the butter; melt. Add the pasta and toast to deep golden brown, nutty and fragrant; season with salt and pepper. Add the rice and stir for 1 minute; add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer; cover and cook for 18 minutes, to tender. Stir in the pine nuts and fluff with a fork. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil, a turn of the pan. Melt the butter into the oil and add the mushrooms. Brown well, then add salt, pepper and the thyme, asparagus, shallots and garlic. Stir to tender-crisp, 3 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and stir a for minute or so more. Add the Marsala or sherry and stir; add the stock and thicken until it becomes a loose gravy. Add the chicken and parsley; remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Serve in shallow bowls lined with pilaf and filled with chicken sauté. This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, visit