Now you get to join me on a little adventure. Yes, I’m about to try cooking something I’ve never cooked before! I figure some of you will be cooking things for the first time, so I’m going to do the same. Better yet, I’m going to cook something without a recipe! Yep, I’m making it up as I go along! Say hello to my chicken and rice soup with peppers!
You will need:
1 package of chicken breasts (about four breasts total)
3 bell peppers (I used one each of green, red, and yellow)
1 jalapeno pepper (I can’t make the ~ over the n)
16 ounces of drained, diced tomatoes
2 cups of rice
2 boxes of chicken broth
3 tablespoons of crushed red peppers
3 tablespoons of salt
3 tablespoons of dried onions
Total prep time: about 45 minutes
Total cook time: about one hour
So bear in mind, as I said, I’m making this up as I go. Still, it’s chicken, rice, and some peppers, so that’s bound to taste good, right?
To start with, take the chicken out and cut it into rough, bite-sized cubes. They don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be something you can easily eat. Once you’ve done that, throw them into your skillet.
Now stir them up! Then do that again, roughly every five minutes, for about twenty to twenty-five minutes until the chicken pieces are cooked through.
Ok, looking good so far. Once your chicken is done, cut up your peppers. This was my first time working with peppers, so what I did was cut off the tops, take out all the white bits and seeds, then cut the peppers into strips. Once that was done, I cut the strips into smaller pieces and threw them into the pot.
Very colorful! Now add in the rice, broth, and other ingredients. Fill the rest of the pot with water, leaving about an inch of the top clear. Having done that, put it onto the stove!
Alright. Now what I did next was put it onto medium heat. I stirred it every fifteen minutes for an hour.
Looks pretty fantastic, wouldn’t you say? Yes, it does. And here is the finished product.
Well, it looks amazing! And it smells quite good. That bread is a vaguely sourdough thing with a nice crush that seems very well-suited for soup. And now…let us try a bite!
Oh…oh, dear god…Lord, how have I foresaken thee?! This is…yow!
Ok, ok. Let’s try a second bite. Maybe knock some of the pepper fragments out and try just a bit of rice, broth, and chicken? Perhaps with some bread?
So not every experiment is a success. This one was a clear failure. Where did it go wrong?
The peppers. That’s where it all went wrong. I should have, at least, left off the jalapeno pepper, and probably the others, too. A standard chicken and rice soup would have been so much, much better. But this was just insane.
And so we end our first experiment. A sure and certain failure. But maybe I’ll take what I learned, and next time, make something incredible!