Every once in a while a meal pops into my head and sounds so good that I just have to make it as soon as possible. Not that long ago in the middle of a work week I decided that I wanted chicken and rice with broccoli. Go ahead and laugh… I know it takes time to prepare that and after a busy day at work how was I going to get it done?
Well, I waved my magic wand and…. TADA… dinner!
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that easy but I was able to get it to the oven in about 30 minutes and then to the table in another 30 – 45 minutes. I call that a win for a homemade dinner.
The ingredients are super simple.
2 boxes of Uncle Ben’s Broccoli Rice au Gratin
1 can of cream soup – any kind you like. I used cream of celery because it’s what I had and I hate cream of mushrooms or mushrooms of any kind.
10 oz bag of frozen broccoli & cheese. The one you see in the picture I got at Kroger and it is incredible!
1 lb or so of boneless, skinless chicken. Get the tenders if you want… they’re faster to cut up.
1 cup of shredded cheese
Now here is the method to the madness.
Cook the rice and while that is cooking cut up the chicken into bite size pieces and and brown them. The chicken doesn’t have to be fully cooked, just get it started.
Toss the bag of broccoli in the microwave for a couple minutes to soften it up a bit, again it doesn’t have to be done.
Alright, here comes the dump and mix part….. mix the rice (this doesn’t have to be all the way done), chicken, broccoli, and soup together. Don’t worry if it looks all soupy… it should look that way. Pour all of this into a 13×9 pan and top with the shredded cheese, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 45 minutes. Take the foil off for the last 15 minutes or so.
There you have it… easy peasy right!
Now if you want to really make it an amazing meal you need to make the Beer Bread recipe from Kludgy Mom! The bread is really good and ever since I haven’t been able to find the Paula Deen beer bread mix in the stores for a while I was excited to find this recipe. Try it and you’ll love it too.
What is your go to quick meal for a work night?
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