Sunlight Chicken and Rice

by Christa Upton
(South Dakota)

Sunlight Chicken and Rice raw ingredients

Sunlight Chicken and Rice raw ingredients

Sunlight Chicken and Rice raw ingredients
Sunlight Chicken and Rice solar cooked

Recipe 33 in the Solar Hot Pot

Sunlight Chicken and Rice

This is a little similar to the Sun-fetti Rice when I added chicken to it, but yet the flavors are all different!

I’m not sure it’s going to work, but I’m hoping that this unusual method will still turn out pleasing.

And VERY long story short, I’m adding pre-cooked rice this time. So I’m cheating a little, but we need to use up this cooked rice.

1:00 pm—4 T. butter: cut in pieces, cover, set up facing the sun, set timer for 30 minutes.

Then prep:

4-5 mushrooms (slice thinly)
1/4 of a medium onion (chop finely)
2 cloves garlic (smash and mince)
1/2 stalk celery (chop finely)
2 T flour (sprinkle on veggies)

1:30 pm—veggies and flour—quickly add to butter, stir, cover, set timer for 30 minutes.

Prep “sauce” by mixing until smooth:

1 1/2 c. mayonnaise
scant cup of cream (or milk)
2 t. lemon juice
1/4 c. chicken broth (can be the broth from a drained can of chicken)
salt (and pepper if desired)

Then mix your homemade sauce with:

3 c. cooked rice
1 can (13 oz.) cooked chicken (or home-cooked, shredded chicken)
1 c. peas (frozen peas that have been thawed completely or canned—drained)

2:00 pm—add all to Hot Pot, put thermometer through baking rack, cover, adjust to sun, set timer for one hour.

This would be wonderful as a vegetarian dish—increase the mushrooms, use veggie broth instead of chicken broth, and maybe add some white beans or tofu.

3:00 pm—adjust to sun, set timer for one hour.

4:00 pm (or so)—check food temperature; if above 150 degrees, can let ‘coast’ for a while until suppertime. If not 150, eat now, and hopefully it’s warm enough to suit you. Once the rice is done, nothing else has to be “cooked,” just “heated.”

Ours was very, very creamy and good, and very hot (170 degrees) when we ate around 5:45! No, it’s not low-fat, but maybe won’t be hungry for bedtime snack this way. LOL There was plenty for the five of us with a little leftover.

You can balance it out with a nice, green salad and maybe some steamed beets.

New idea tonight—it’s 6:15 pm, and the sun still seems fairly high. So, we’re going to turn the panels for lower sun like in the video, put some water and a dab of mild soap in the dirty Hot Pots, and let them heat their own dish water. (smile)

Wow—in 40 minutes the water was HOT! We probably put in a few cups of water—just enough to wash the Pots and a few other things.

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