For the dry mixes
1 1/2 cups (270 g) long grain rice (brown or white)
3 ounces (84 g) gluten free spaghetti (or gluten free vermicelli noodles), broken into 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons (15 g) nutritional yeast flakes*
2 teaspoons dried onion flakes (can substitute 1 teaspoon onion powder)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon (14 g) extra virgin olive oil
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch square pieces (optional)
3 to 3 1/2 cups (24 to 28 fluid ounces) water (depending upon type of rice used)
*Ingredient details and sources:
First, make the dry mixes. In a medium-size bowl, place the rice and spaghetti or vermicelli and mix to combine. Set the bowl aside or place in a 4-cup glass or plastic container with a lid, then set it aside. In a small bowl, place the rest of the dry mix ingredients and mix to combine well. Set the bowl aside or place its contents in a small, zip-top bag, squeeze out all the air and seal, then place in the lidded container with the rice and pasta and seal the container for later use.
To cook the dish, in a 12-inch skillet with a lid, place the butter and olive oil and melt the butter over medium heat.** Add the rice and pasta mixture to the skillet and stir to coat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the dried pasta and rice begin to smell nutty (about 3 minutes). Add the entire spice mixture, and mix to coat the grains evenly in the spices. Add the water (3 cups if using white long grain rice, 3 1/2 cups if using brown), and mix to combine. With the skillet still uncovered, bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium-low and cover the skillet. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the grains are tender. Allow to sit, covered, for 3 minutes before serving.
**If adding the optional chicken, place the chicken in the skillet at this point, and sauté in the butter and oil for about 5 minutes total or until cooked through. Transfer the cooked chicken to a separate bowl, draining it of all liquid as you remove it from the skillet. Then proceed with the recipe as written, and add the chicken before serving.
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