30-Minute Southern Classic

Chicken and rice…something that you can never go wrong with. There is just something about the combination that is straight fire. When I read this week’s recipe and saw that it had both chicken and rice, I was so excited….and I was also excited to use my new kitchen for EVOO again. Anyway, this week we have another full meal including a dessert! On the menu is Country Captain Chicken with White and Wild Rice, and Bourbon Street Candy Balls. A classic combo, with an alcoholic dessert…interesting. Let’s see how this pans out.

First off, of course we had to get the ingredients, but there was a small issue with me buying one of the ingredients: Bourbon. I’m not 21 and I can’t just traipse into the liquor store, but fortunately, I have friends that are 21. Chela ran to the local liquor store and picked up the bourbon, so obstacle number one was completed.

Obstacle number 2: Amy, Lyss, and I were just about to leave for the Food Emporium…when it started pouring cats and dogs. Amy and Lyss wanted to stay back and wait for the rain to stop, but I was already ravenous. We ended up squeezing underneath a little umbrella and scurrying as quickly as we could to the grocery store. Luckily, it stopped raining halfway there! Shopping was pretty uneventful, except that everything was so expensive. All of the ingredients totaled out to about $80!!!! It sucks because there is no other grocery store that is in a relatively close walking distance from where I live. It’s okay though, I’ll sacrifice all my money to food.

We came home and immediately started cooking. First, like always, we had a few things to chop: a red bell pepper, green bell pepper, garlic, and onion. Once we chopped, Amy took care of the rice, and I took care of the chicken. The best way to describe how this dish turned out is it was like a big chicken soup, but it’s not a soup, the chicken just sits and soaks in a soupy vegetable mix. Sounds weird I know, but it looked oh so tasty.

The chicken and rice didn’t take long to cook so once it was done we all dug in. Amy almost lost it because I wouldn’t let her have a preview taste before it was finished, so as soon as she got her plate she took an amazing photo (which is pictured) and she ate like she had never eaten before.

We all ate like we had never eaten before. This chicken was absolutely mouth-wateringly stupendously out of this world amazing. It had completely soaked up all of the flavors from the soup/sauce it was sitting in, so it was so juicy. The rice of course was a perfect compliment, and the sauce…oh that sauce. Mix it with anything, that stuff is good. We each went up for seconds, maybe even thirds. I have not had a chicken recipe that good in a while. Thank you Rachael Ray!

We cleaned up the mess we made from dinner, then moved on to dessert….Oh boy, was dessert making interesting. First, we had crush up some vanilla wafers. We did this by placing the cookies in between 2 pieces of wax paper and pounding it with our mallet. We realized how bad of a mistake this was when cookie pieces were flying out the edges of the wax paper. We ended up playing a game of trying not to get our fingers crushed as Lyss pounded the cookies and we tried to keep the paper together. Fortunately, Amy and I still have all of our fingers. Next, we had to chop up some pecans. Do you know what it’s like to chop up pecans? When you chop a piece off, I swear it turns into a bullet and goes flying! There were pecan pieces all over the kitchen…there might even still be some laying around. That wasn’t even the most interesting part. The recipe called for 4 shots of bourbon to make the candy balls. We don’t own a shot glass at my apartment, so we had no idea how to measure out a shot. We settled on using 1/4 cup to equal 1 shot. Yes you read that right, we put in a full cup of bourbon into the mix…Before you all ask if we were trying to kill ourselves, no we’re just stupid. We basically became that lady from the vine “now pour 2 shots of vodka” and she pours the whole bottle in.

Well, we realized how terrible of an idea it was to put a full cup of bourbon in because it made the mix so soupy, we couldn’t even form balls. So, we added more of every ingredient and decided to make frozen candy bars. We dumped the mix into a glass container and let it sit in the freezer. It never fully hardened since alcohol doesn’t freeze but it became sort of like a dip. When the time came, we took the concoction out of the freezer, passed out vanilla wafers and tried it…..dear lord. The only thing you could taste was the bourbon, except it tasted sweeter because of all the sugar. Lyss, Ashley, Amy, and I gagged on it, but of course Chela loved it. She can eat it all, I just hope she doesn’t go into liver failure.

Now it’s time for everyone’s favorite part: rating the dishes. The Country Captain Chicken with White and Wild Rice without a doubt receives ♥♥♥♥♥ (5) hearts. Everything about this dish was fabulous, the flavors mixed to make magic once they reached our taste buds. We were in awe of this chicken recipe. It takes a lot for me to like chicken recipes, I don’t know, chicken is just hard to get right sometimes, but this surpassed getting it right. This chicken is the answer to all chicken (that doesn’t make sense but it’s the truth). As for the Bourbon Street Candy Balls with Pecans…. ♥ (1) heart. This is the first recipe to get ranked with only 1 heart. Now, I know they could’ve been good if we didn’t pour as much bourbon in, but this recipe was a complete disaster. Maybe I should try it again and actually measure out the right amount of alcohol…but not anytime soon, the smell of bourbon sickens me at the moment. Moral of the story: buy a damn shot glass.

Until next week!

-Mary Honkus

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