Jimmy Stewart’s Chicken and Wild Rice

“……… I DO THIS, MY WAY! …..”

Jimmy Stewart’s Chicken and Wild Rice

In my birth country, Germany, we do have a saying “Wer die Wahl hat – hat die Qual” (loosely translated: “He who has a choice – has the agony” and this quote was very appropriate for us last night.

It was dark quite early outside, the heavy Monsoon rain was pelting down with gusto, streets were nearly empty and we needed something light to cheer us up.

What better choice than looking into Jo’s extensive film library and choosing a film for us to see. We had not seen a film with Jimmy Stewart, one of the Hollywood greats of yesteryears, for some time, but now we had the problem of choosing one for this evening from a selection of the following films:
Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, Bell, Book and Candle, Anatomy of a Murder, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and How the West was Won, etc.

In the end we chose “Anatomy of a Murder”, a well-acted and well-directed Courtroom drama by Otto Preminger, which we had seen quite a few times before – and it still had not lost his appeal!

But, when Jo took out the disk from its case he found an article he had kept for a long long time, one of Jimmy’s favourite chicken recipes, which apparently Jimmy liked to cook in his own kitchen. We decided to re-create this dish (although Jo does not eat chicken!) for me, and hopefully you, to enjoy.

I more or less stuck to the original recipe. I only added one or two items in order to give it a little bit of “umpf” and instead of using Wild Rice, as favoured by him, I had to use best quality Basmati Rice, since Wild Rice was not readily available here.

Hopefully you will like this preparation – as much as I enjoyed eating it.

For 2 hungry people or for 4 on slight “diet” you will need:


4 x chicken drumsticks

1 x green capsicum (or half green/half red) (chopped)
3 x sticks of Celery (chopped)

1 x large onion (chopped)
2 x large red chillies (chopped)
100 x gr Champignons (Button mushrooms) (sliced)
1 ½ x cup of Rice (half cooked)
1 x cup of chicken broth
½ x cup of dry white wine
Salt and pepper to taste

And this is how I made it:

In a pot cook chicken pieces, celery, peppers, onion, red chillies, salt and pepper covered just above all this with water.

Cover and cook over low heat for app. 1 hour (or until meat is tender).

After this time, add the pre-cooked rice (drained).

Now make a sauce consistent of butter, flour and ½ cup of chicken stock and ½ cup of wine.

Cook, stirring constantly until thickened.

Add the sliced mushrooms and stir.

Butter a casserole dish – and add all your chicken/rice mixture.

Sprinkle with buttered breadcrumbs and bake in pre-heated moderate oven for 45 – 60 minutes.

That’s it – enjoy.



13 thoughts on “Jimmy Stewart’s Chicken and Wild Rice

  1. If only they had actors like Jimmy Stewart today! I think I’d go for Bell Book and Candle, though Anatomy of a Murder is an excellent choice. I bet your chicken was a perfect accompaniment.

  2. That’s a treat isn’t it – finding an old article from a favorite, and making new use of it. Hard to find anything matching that!

  3. I can only imagine the breadth and depth of Jo’s extensive film library. What a great idea to recreate Jimmy’s recipe. I remember the first time I saw “How the West was Won! I was nine at the time. Those were the days when there was an intermission and we dressed up in our finest to attend a movie. Ah…I am dating myself. Hugs!!

    • hahaha Rebecca, we are all dating ourselfs – but nevermind. Gosh, I too remember dressing up to go to the cinema once a week and then intermission! Ice-cream time for me! Yes, Jo’s film library is rather extensive, a few thousand!! pieces and each week more.

  4. What a delightful story . . . so glad you enjoyed the film! I used to be quite a film buff in my teenage years but now there is a matter called ‘opportunity cost of time’ as I was taught in economics 🙂 ! I think I have seen one story-film in the last two years !!!! Reading the recipe, perchance Jimmy Stewart had a wee bit too long a cooking time for drumsticks or perhaps the ones I can access are quite a bit smaller ?

    • I do so love the old films – they don’t make Film-stars like that anymore. Now……..it seems the scruffier the better – a shame really.
      Btw, the drumsticks I used were quite large and the heat was very low. I had the same suspicion as you re the timing, but it turned out quite ok, quite delicious in fact.

  5. Jimmy Steward was likely my favorite actor when I was a young one. It’s not Christmas here until we dust off “It’s a Wonderful Life” and watch it while drinking warm Glögg (mulled wine). And, chicken and rice also a favorite from my youth. Haven’t had it in years, but now I can try Jo’s version. Cheers…

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