Guest Blog with Della Rose Living – Homestyle Chicken and Rice

Today I have a special treat for you, and I think you are going to love it!   Since my kitchen is still out of commission from the water leak, I have a special guest.  The guys came to check and see if our walls were still wet. Yup, one area is still too wet, so we still have fans in our kitchen…UGH!

I have a feeling you already know how much I love social media. The one thing I dearly love about social media is the connections you make.  There is a closed group I am a part of on Facebook. The group members there are my friends, my virtual friends of course.  BUT I look forward to meeting them someday!  That is where I met Tara from Della Rose Living!

Tara has a smile that will brighten anyones day!  We immediately connected, oh the beauties of Facebook.  Tara has a beautiful blog where she shares her love of cooking, gardening, and my new interest, canning!  She even just rescued two baby kittens that were abandoned at her husbands’ work….a woman after my own heart.  The recipes Tara shares have a homey feel, and always the perfect comfort food!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did….take it away Tara! gb homestyle_chicken_and_rice_(1)_ Hi there!  I’m Tara of Della Rose Living.  I was so honored when Terra asked me to guest post!  We met awhile back through a foodie group on Facebook and we immediately clicked!

I love her giving nature and kind heart. She always thinks of others and how she can help them or do for them.  I truly think that Terra never meets a stranger.  Even though we have only met virtually I know that if ever given the opportunity to sit down and have a glass of wine (or three ha!)  together we would be chatting for hours.

One of the things that drew me to Terra’s blog is her love for food and family alike.  That is how I feel when I visit her Facebook page or here on her blog; I feel like I’m family.  I’ve kicked off my shoes, got my apron on and a glass of wine at the ready!  I’m ready to cook!

I wanted to bring her, and you, one of my family’s favorite weeknight meals.  Simple yet delicious and quick to get on the table for those busy days we all have! homestyle_chicken_and_rice_(1)_

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Homestyle Chicken and Rice
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3 tblsp olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
4 cups chicken broth (homemade is best but store bought is just fine; go with low sodium)
2 cups brown rice (to make this dish even quicker you can use quick cooking brown rice)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup half and half
1 lb. of cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
2 green onions, sliced small


Heat olive oil in a medium/large stockpot.

Add carrots, celery, and onion. Saute until softened, stirring occasionally.

Add garlic and cook for one more minute.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add brown rice and toast in pot with vegetables for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Now add chicken broth and bring to a simmer with lid on; cooking for 10 minutes.; stirring occasionally.

Add half and half and 1 lb. of chicken. Only heat through; do not boil as cream may separate or curdle

Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and green onion.

Serves a family of 4 but we always have left overs. This is fabulous the next day too!

**You can add more chicken broth at the end of you like more of a soupy consistency.


A special thank you to Terra for letting me be apart of her blog family!!  I would love for you to say hello over at Della Rose!  You can find me at Della Rose Living, or on Facebook here, and Twitter here.

What a gorgeous recipe, and the perfect comfort food! I am so excited Tara stopped by and kept the seats warm at the cafe!  Not only is Tara fantastic,  she has a pretty awesome name!  Thank you so much Tara, sending you BIG (((Hugs))) my sweet friend!!!



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  • Suzanne Platt
    What a homey dish that I would love to be eating right now, glad to meet you Tara and we share the same last name :)
    • Tara (Della Rose Living)
      Thank you Suzanne! And thank you for stopping by my blog as well! xo Glad to you meet you too, that is a great last name we share! :)
  • [email protected]
    What a great guest post! And perfect for a cold winter day. This looks like such a comforting meal. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    • Tara (Della Rose Living)
      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it! And to you as well! xo
  • The Squishy Monster
    On a chilly night like tonight, this would be sublime!!
    • Tara (Della Rose Living)
      It is soooo good for cold winter days! You will love it for lunch the next day too!
  • That's a warming and delicious soup. Thanks, Tara, for sharing.
    • Tara (Della Rose Living)
      Thank you Angie! xo
  • Tara (Della Rose Living)
    Thank you guys, and Terra, for having me here!! I'm glad you liked it! It is just a simple meal but so homey and delicious.
  • This looks and sounds so yummy. I'm adding it to my supper list! Thanks for the intro Terra :)
  • What a beautiful simple but tasty dinner :D Cheers CCU
  • justonecookbook
    I love how comforting this looks, especially when we are having cold days! Rice is very important in our cuisine and I will enjoy this dish very much!
  • Hotly Spiced
    I'm sorry to hear your kitchen is still out of action. This is a lovely looking dish. Great for a night in! xx
  • Hello Tara, its nice to meet you. =) Terra is a sweet heart isn't she? Its so kind of you to jump in for terra while she is having the trouble with her kitchen. By the way your home style chicken and rice looks very tempting! =D
    • Tara (Della Rose Living)
      Hey Helene! Thank you and YES Terra is AMAZING! I was just so honored to be asked and I'm happy to be here. Thank you!
  • kitchenriffs
    Gosh, it stinks that your kitchen still isn't functional. But you're making lemonade here - great guest post! Nice to meet you, Tara! Good stuff - thanks.
  • mjskit @
    This is definitely a big bowl of comfort food! So hearty and healthy and perfect for colds, cold weather and just any time you want to curl up and feel better. Great guest post!