Festive Pumpkin Rice & Chicken Bowls

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Even though October is over, it's still necessary to be festive! Pumpkin is by far my favorite of the seasonal produce, so I've been trying to put it in all of my food. Recently I was scouring Pinterest looking for some festive recipes to make for Jaye and I and came across pumpkin rice. Yes. PUMPKIN RICE. At first, I was not sure how that would taste but I loved the idea so I needed to make it for our dinner.

I changed up the recipe just a bit, but if you want to see the original, I've linked it further in this post. The smell of the coconut and pumpkin cooking together was AMAZING. And it complimented the chicken and broccoli so well. So if you are in the mood to make a festive and seasonal dinner, make this tonight!

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Ingredients

2 boneless chicken breasts

2 cups steamed broccoli 

Pumpkin Rice

1 cup light coconut milk 

1 cup chicken broth 

1/2 cup canned pumpkin 

1 cup white rice 

pinch of salt

Chicken Marinade

 2 Tablespoon sesame oil

1/4 cup of tamari/soy sauce

Juice of 1/2 lemon 

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

pinch of sesame seeds

 


Directions

Start by marinading the chicken. Cut up boneless chicken breasts into bite size pieces and put them into a container that has a lid. Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and seasonings. Mix well and put it in the fridge in an air tight container for at least 30 minutes. 

Once the chicken is done marinading, pan fry it in a medium sized skillet with a little bit of olive oil. Depending on the size of the chicken pieces, it should only take about 10 or 12 minutes. 

While the chicken is cooking, start on the rice. Combining the coconut milk, chicken broth, pumpkin, rice and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Allow rice to simmer until the liquid is completely absorbed and rice is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Once cooked, stir, cover and set aside.

Steam or boil broccoli.

Once everything is cooked, serve it in a bowl with the pumpkin rice of the bottom, and chicken and broccoli on top.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy! 

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This recipe is adapted from a recipe by Eating Bird Food


What's your favorite festive meal? I always love a pumpkin soup at this time of year too! Comment yours down below!