My Charleston Red Rice is a one-pot meal of rice, chicken, and tomatoes, based on the famous Charleston, South Carolina recipe. Low country cooking at its finest!
This is a really old recipe and one of BeeBop’s favorites! Red Rice. It’s based on the famed Charleston Red Rice. Sort of. Well, kinda. It’s similar anyway.
If you’re a fan of Low Country cooking, please indulge me. I know this is not the accurate, authentic Charleston Red Rice. It does have one thing in common, however. It’s really good!
When BeeBop was still in the Navy and stationed in Charleston, we used to visit the market downtown. It was full of all kinds of treasures. Handwoven baskets, jewelry, trinkets, antiques.
And there was one little stall there where a lady always sold spice mixtures. She had little bags of red rice mix 3 for $5. Every time we went to the market, I’d pick up at least three of those rice mix bags.
Then after we got married and were exiled to the Maine/New Hampshire border, I no longer had access to the little lady with the red rice mix. So, I had to come up with a close substitute on my own. After years of trying, I think this recipe is pretty darned close.
This is one of those one-pot meals that really sticks to your ribs on a cold day. All you need to make this a complete dinner is to add some bread. Garlic bread is mighty fine.
How to Make Charleston Red Rice
To get started, grab your largest, deepest chicken frying pan with a cover. Or a dutch oven. Anything that has some depth and width and that you can use on top of the stove.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and cook until tender. Remove them from the pan and set aside for later. They’ll look something like this:
Don’t worry about a little browning in the pan or on the onions. It’ll add to the depth of flavor of the finished dish.
Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and the chicken. Sprinkle the poultry seasoning over the chicken in the pan. Cook the chicken, stirring frequently until no pink still shows and it has a light brown color.
Add the reserved onions mixture back to the pan with the chicken, then add all the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine everything.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook 25 to 30 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
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Charleston Red Rice
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 ribs celery diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1 ½ cups uncooked long grain rice
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
- 12 dashes Tabasco
- 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes with juice
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion, celery and garlic and cook until tender.
- Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and chicken.
- Sprinkle poultry seasoning over chicken in pan.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is no longer pink and has a light brown color.
- Add reserved onion mixture back to the pan with the chicken.
- Add all remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and cook 25 to 30 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
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