My mother made a version of this while I was growing up—though it was a mishmash of packaged Success rice mix and frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts from Sam’s Club, “baked” in the microwave. There’s a part of me that shudders when I think of it, but the combination of flavors and textures is pure comfort, so I decided to give it a makeover.
What to buy: Dried porcini mushrooms and Arborio rice can be found in gourmet markets and higher-end grocery stores. If you can’t find Arborio, any white rice will do.
Beverage pairing: La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, California. Chicken, mushrooms, and cream just beg for a good, cool-climate Chardonnay. This one garnishes the flavors in the dish with a touch of lemon and pear.