If you answered the "What's for dinner?" question with "chicken," but you haven't actually decided what you're going to do with it yet, try this tonight. Based on traditional Filipino chicken adobo, or chicken stewed in vinegar, this is a perfect weeknight dish since it changes things up a bit and most of the ingredients are already in your pantry.
Put the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 3 cups of water in a 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside with the cover on.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, season with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until light golden-brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 more minutes. Add the vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaf, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer until the liquid reduces by about one-quarter, 8 to 10 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
Just before serving, uncover the rice and fluff it with a fork. Serve the chicken and sauce over the rice.
Serve with a fresh green salad dressed with Homemade Asian Vinaigrette.
nutrition information (per serving):
17, Fat Calories
150, Saturated Fat
38, Monounsaturated Fat
89, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips