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Friday, May 21, 2010

Avocado & Feta Cheese Creamy Rice with Grilled Chicken

5.21.10




This dish is inspired by the Quickie Morning, Noon, and Night Challenge by the three incredible bloggers- - Denise Fletcher at Quickies on the Dinner Table, and Lazaro&Nancy at Lazaro Cooks.

First when I saw this challenge I thought to myself..this sounded really interesting..but would I want to join?...hmm...A few days passed by. The idea of coming up with a new dish was a struggle and it kept eluding me. Eventually, I couldn't resist the inner challenge I have, so here we go: Avocado & Feta cheese creamy rice and Grilled Chicken. Thanks to Denise and Lazaro for coming up with this challenge and offer the incredible prizes!

The prize from Denise. Who wouldn't want that?

After a few trials and errors of making the creamy sauce, I couldn't keep track of the ingredients I used and wasn't able to capture them in a photo to show you all. I'd like to create something different and related to myself--Asian. We've usually seen fresh avocado in the form that we can recognize that it is avocado. What if it wasn't in the recognizable form? Interesting right? That was the starting point of the experiment.

Chop and twist to remove its seed

Avocado and feta cheese appear in several salad dishes. So, I assume they would get along well like good friends..by that I mean-the 2 flavors are able to incorporate in some way. I'm satisfied with the dish and I hope you will be! The ingredients I put together might not make any sense in the world to some people but It tastes good! Creamy rice and grilled chicken rock my world.

Avocado & Feta Cheese Creamy Rice with Grilled Chicken
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients for avocado & feta cheese creamy sauce:
Yield: 1 cup
2 avocados, diced
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup canned coconut milk
2 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon kosher salt

White Steamed rice: about 1 cup per person. We use white steamed rice because it helps the green color pop.


Directions:
  • Add ginger and cilantro into a food processor. Pulse 5 times until they are finely chopped
  • Add avocado, lime juice, coconut milk, feta and Parmesan cheese; blend until they are mixed
  • Add spices-cumin, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt; pulse5 times.
  • Taste to correction
  • Mix 1 cup of rice and 1/4 cup of the sauce. Rice will have greenish color.


Mix rice and the creamy sauce in a seperate bowl

    Sesame Ginger Grilled Chicken:
    Yield: 4
    The marinate I used for this dish

    This is real simple! I save time by buying ready-use sesame ginger dressing for marinating the meats as shown in the photo. This marinate/dressing is one of my favorites. I picked this dressing because I'd like to have Asian touch and the ginger will tie well with the creamy sauce that contained ginger

    Marinate chicken breast fillets for at least 4 hours or overnight. Grill at 375 F hi heat for 10-15 mins until it's cooked through, or to your desire of doneness. When it's about to be done, brush the leftover marinate on both sides of chicken. Cook for a few mins and turn off the grill.


    Marinate chicken over night

    Here we go Greeny Creamy Rice and the Chicken!



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    23 comments:

    Lazaro Cooks! said...

    That is beautiful. A fantastic, clever entry into the quickies challenge. Great job, T...

    Cheers!

    Biren said...

    A creative mix...very interesting!

    Emily said...

    I like the idea of this dish. Very creative and it looks delicious!
    Great job!

    Elin said...

    Hi Tanantha,
    This is an interesting mix. Mouth-watering indeed. Looking at it makes me hungry:) Thanks for sharing the recipes :))

    Chef Dennis said...

    what a great combination of flavors!!
    you have a real winner here!
    Cheers
    Dennis

    Pacheco Patty said...

    This looks like a good combination of flavors, I love avocado, what a good idea for your challenge!

    Cooking with Coley said...

    This looks so yummy! I had planned to enter the competition, but with all these exceptionally creative dishes, I'm starting to feel too intimated!

    Joy said...

    That is an interesting twist to rice.

    luvtoeat said...

    This is such a creative dish. I like how you mixed white rice with the avocado to make avocado rice. How interesting and genius is that!? I also liked that you didn't go too skimpy on the avocados and decided to used 2 rather than one. You also added some spice in this dish, something that most Asians crave. Great dish! Good luck with the challenge :-D

    From the Kitchen said...

    Oh deliciousness! Thanks for joining me on my trip to "Mitford"!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

    Stella said...

    Ooh, this is for the Lazaro/Denise contest. Nice! It looks really delicious and creative...

    Rick said...

    Everything I love. In one dish.

    roxan said...

    Tanantha, this looks so good! Good luck w/ the contest, I hope you win!

    5 Star Foodie said...

    I love the idea of avocado and feat cheese rice - what a fabulous side dish! Very creative!

    citronetvanille said...

    Very interesting combo! Looks yummy!

    Judy said...

    The rice looks so good! Looks like a winner to me.

    Tanantha P. said...

    Thank you everyone! We will see on June 8th for the result. Wish me luck :D

    Kevin said...

    I really like the sound of the avocado and feta combo in that sauce!

    Ma What's 4 dinner said...

    The hubs will love this, I've been craving a creamy rice dish. Can't wait to try it. I think I have everything I need in the house already! Score!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

    Arthritis Relief said...

    Looks so yummy! Gonna try this with recipe, although I might try to substitute Parmesan because I don't care for feta. Great Recipe!

    Rob said...

    What an excellent recipe. I can't wait to make it. Thank you.

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