Creamy Turkey & Rice

Tuesday 30 January 2018

This recipe I am showing you here today is a prime example of how we eat here in Casa de Rayner, most of the time.  Its fast.  Its easy and . . .  most importantly . . .  its delicious!

I like to think its also fairly economical in that it uses things I generally have in my freezer and storecupboard, like rice, milk, chicken stock, frozen vegetables, onions and I confess  . . .  frozen mushrooms.  I always keep frozen sliced mushrooms in my freezer.  They are perfect for dishes like this where appearance doesn't really matter that much.

I picked up some packs of fresh cubed turkey breast the other day.  One of them was perfect for this dish.  The other was frozen, so now I have some cubed turkey breast for the future when I want to make something quick and easy for another meal.

You could of course use cubed chicken breast meat, or even leftover cooked turkey or chicken from the Sunday roast!

All are put together in a simple way and in one pot, making it an easy put together not to mention an easy clean up!

Yes, it all gets cooked in the one pan . . . first the turkey . . .  then the onions, mushrooms and garlic . . .

Some flour and seasonings go next, and then you add some chicken stock and milk . . . bring it to the boil, where it thickens a bit  . . . nice and creamy  . . .

And then finally the rice.  Covered, it cooks to perfection over very low heat in about 15 minutes or so.  A bit of salad on the side, maybe a crusty bun if you are so inclined and dinner is served!

*Creamy Turkey & Rice*
serves 4

This is simple to make and quite delicious.  Its cooked all in one pot, which makes for an easy clean up. I use long grain rice for this. You can also use leftover cooked turkey for this instead of fresh, or leftover chicken. 

2 TBS butter
1 pound raw turkey breast, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
(alternately use 2 cups cooked poultry, diced)
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
75g mushrooms, sliced
35g plain flour (1/4 cup)
3/4 tsp seasoning salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
480ml chicken stock (2 cups)
240ml milk (1 cup)
210g raw long grain rice (1 cup)
150g each frozen peas and frozen corn niblets, thawed (1 cup each)

Melt the butter in dutch oven (with a lid). (I use my medium La Crueset pan.)  Add the turkey and cook, stirring until it is no longer pink.  Add the onions, garlic and mushrooms.  Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes until they begin to soften.  Stir in the flour, seasoning salt, black pepper, and thyme.  Cook, stirring, for a further minute.  Slowly stir in the chicken stock and then the milk.  Add the rice and bring to the boil.  Reduce to a very low heat, cover and simmer  for 15 to 20 minutes until tender.  Stir frequently to prevent the rice from catching on the bottom of the pan. Because I use gas, I always have my pan on a heat diffuser, which helps to keep the temperature down.  Stir in the frozen vegetables, recover and take off heat.  Let stand for a few minutes to  heat through.  Serve immediately.

Quick, simple and delicious.  You really can't ask for much more than that! Bon Appetit!


  1. You know how to put everything to good use!

    1. This was hard to photograph but very good! Xo

  2. Marie, do you slice and freeze your own mushrooms or do you buy them frozen?

    1. I buy them already frozen Esther, but you could easily buy them up when they are on offer, slice, freeze on baking sheets and then pop them into a container. Thanks for the inspiration! Hope you are well! xo

  3. Does this recipe take 1 cup cooked or uncooked rice? Thanks!

    1. The recipe states that it is raw, which means uncooked. You're welcome! xo

  4. Hello! Are you starting with cooked or uncooked rice in this recipe? Thanks!

    1. Hi Julia, it is raw uncooked rice as stated in the recipe! Hope you try it and like it! xo


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