Rice salad and Chicken – Summer classic

  • 35 mins total
  • 15 mins prep
  • 20 mins cook
  • serves 4 

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Salad of rice, chicken.

I always enjoyed Fry’s Roasted Chicken, actually it has saved me so many times as time was closing in on me, and dinner was way too close to bed time.

So when I was contacted by Fry’s to experience their fresh oven-roasted new “Savory Fresh Roasted Chicken” seasoned with a signature blend of spices, I immediately said “YES”.

I was treated to new flavors by two of Fry’s chefs, Cynthia and Bryan.  They showed us how they incorporated  roasted chicken with Quinoa in a  wonderful warm salad.  As well as a very easy Pot Pie.

Never had quinoa and I like it and loved the pot pie. They were very kind to share the recipe with me.  As soon as I can I am going to be making it soon to share with all of you.

So today I have prepared my version of how I am going to use the chicken: “Salad of rice, chicken and Giardiniera”.  My mom and Nonna had served this dish all my life during the summer months.  Easy to prepare, can be done early in the morning, or late at night. It can be eaten immediately or refrigerated. I prefer a bit cold as all the flavors will be enhanced. Perfect for a light lunch or a nice summer  dinner al fresco, for any party or pot luck.

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Nutrition Facts
Rice salad and Chicken - Summer classic
Amount Per Serving
Calories 577 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 175mg 7%
Potassium 106mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 78g 26%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 5.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Rice salad and Chicken - Summer classic

  • 35 mins total
  • 15 mins prep
  • 20 mins cook
  • serves 4 


Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  • 1 whole roasted chicken
  • 2 cups Uncle Ben's rice
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 16 ounces jar Giardiniera


  1. In a large pot with salted water cook the rice until still has a light bite when tasted.

  2. Place in a small bowl the Giardiniera vegetables cut in small pieces.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and mix. Let it set for 10 minutes.

  4. When the rice has cool down therefore add the pieces of chicken, the Giardiniera and the olive oil. Blend well and add the vinegar ½ teaspoons at the time and taste in between. It should not be overpowered by the vinegar.

  5. Chill before serving if time permitting.


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