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September Recipe: Chicken, Mushroom, & Wild Rice Pilaf

September Recipe

Photo Credit: Pumpkin Spice

National Chicken, Mushroom, and Rice Month

  • Mushrooms contain antioxidants and immune-boosting compounds to help reduce risks of disease!
  • Whole grains, like wild rice, also help decrease rice of illnesses like colon cancer!
  • Evidence suggests that consuming leaner meats, like chicken, can reduce the risk of colon cancer as compared to red meat.


Chicken, Mushroom, & Wild Rice Pilaf
Servings: 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lb fresh mushroom of choice, sliced
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, if desired


  1. In a large skillet, combine olive oil and butter over medium heat until melted.
  2. Add the onion, mushrooms, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender. Remove from skillet and keep aside.
  3. In the same pan, add onions and garlic, sauté for 1 minute. Then, add chicken and pepper. Cook on medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Since the chicken will continue to cook with the rice, it is okay that the chicken is not completely cooked through at this time.
  4. Return mushrooms to skillet.
  5. Stir in rice and chicken broth. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 30-35 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, add chives, and fluff with a fork.
  6. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from: Pumpkin Spice