Romanian Pilaf with Chicken

When I scheduled this meal, I thought it would just take the normal time and effort any dish takes.  However, when I turned on my stove, there was no heat!  Long story short, our electrical box had to be replaced.  This took about 2 days, but we still needed to eat, right?  So I improvised and cooked my meals on our gas grill.  It actually worked out just great.  We now have the power back on, so things are good again.  This is another great dish I grew up with.  It’s easy to make and delicious!
I used Vegeta for this dish.  Vegeta is a spice containing salt and crushed dried vegetables.  It is very common in Romania.  However, it can be found quite easily in most grocery stores in the international isle.  If you don’t have it, can’t find it or simply don’t want it, season with seasoned salt and other spices you might like, such as dried herbs and garlic powder or something.  With that in mind, enjoy!

-7 cups water
-2 Tbs Vegeta
-4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
-2 cups white rice, uncooked
-salt and pepper, to taste
Place water, Vegeta and chicken in a large sauce pan.  Bring to a simmer and cook the chicken all the way through.  Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
Add the uncooked rice to the pan and give it a good stir (make sure to scrape all the goodness from the chicken on the sides of the pan).  Lower the heat and let it simmer, uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is cooked through, stirring often.  Remove from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes so that all of the liquid is absorbed.
Meanwhile, lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper and grill, fry or bake it a little so that the skin gets some crisp to it.  Serve it hot over the rice pilaf.

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