I was meaning to post yesterday but life happened. So, in honor of not having time to do the things we really want to do, today I am sharing the easiest and fastest meal I know.
Let’s face it, not every night do we feel like going to the store and getting fresh ingredients and making some beautifully delicious meal. I may be a stay at home mom now, but I wasn’t for a good six years. I would work a nine-hour day with a 45 min drive time each way. When I got home, I barely wanted to stand let alone cook.
This is one of my son’s favorite dishes and is considered comfort food in our home. It is easy and relatively fast. It also doesn’t require many ingredients so it is also inexpensive and I usually have all of these ingredients on hand anyway. I’m sure there are plenty of ways to make this meal healthier and I’d love to read your variations of this dish in the comments.
For easy meals, I usually always pick up a bag of frozen chicken. There are just so many dishes you can whip up quickly with chicken. Some may use breasts and I do on occasion but I am a dark meat fan. I get a bag of thighs and find that the meat stays juiciest that way.
Another staple is boil in bag rice. I have many talents but one of those talents is recognizing when I don’t have a particular talent like boiling rice. I’ve tried doing regular rice because it is cheaper but it doesn’t pay off if it turns to mush or burns on the bottom so I spend the little bit extra to have it in little easy to boil bags. I guess that is considered cheating but again as a busy parent or just an overworked exhausted adult, it makes putting dinner on the table so much easier. Life is hard enough without having to worry about burning the rice. Also, for this recipe, there will be enough liquid from the chicken broth and cream of mushroom soup that a little overcooked rice could easily turn into mush if not careful. Don’t worry, I’m not going to let your meal turn to mush!
Start by putting three to four pieces of your frozen chicken in a pot and cover in water. You’ll want to bring it to a boil until your chicken is cooked completely through. Pull out your chicken and set aside to cut into bite size pieces. Set aside a little bit of the chicken stock as well. Now you can either dump the rest, save it or, do what I do and boil your rice in it. I boil two bags of rice for 3-4 pieces of chicken. While that is boiling, get a large mixing bowl to put your chicken in. I like to grab the one with a lid because it will be the same container the leftovers stay in after dinner. Once cooked (it only takes a few minutes), add the rice to the chicken and pour can of cream of mushroom soup over. It will be a bit globby at first but as you mix, it will cream up. Add salt and pepper to taste and if the mixture seems dry add some of that saved chicken stock.
That is it folks. Three ingredients and you have yourself a meal in about 15-20 minutes and that’s only because of the chicken. It is inexpensive, so easy to prepare and a meal I don’t have to bribe the little one to eat.
This is not a “pretty” meal. This is not one that you present to your in-laws the first time you have them over. Chicken and Rice is a comfort food. It is what you want when you are sick and achy or when your cramps are getting you down. It reminds you of home and fills your tummy with familiar warmth. Even without Grandma’s presentation, this meal is still able to make life a bit more enjoyable. You could even say that it makes life taste sweeter. 😉