Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chicken With Rice

When I was a kid, most Sundays we would have my grandma over for dinner and my mom would always make chicken with rice.  On our birthdays we got to pick supper and every year I would pick chicken with rice, it is that good.  Some how, over the years, I have forgotten about good old chicken with rice and haven't made it very often. 

My dad was having surgery today so I made a pan of it last night to take them a meal of it.  Dancer had some and she loved it so much she said that is what she wants served at her wedding.  The rest of the pan got split into two meals and put in the refrigerator so I could grab one quick this morning.  I thought I grabbed one of them and a pack of squash but instead I grabbed both chicken containers.  When I got home this afternoon Dancer met me at the garage and asked where the chicken with rice was.  To make up for my blunder, when Dad and I were in town shopping for Spark's birthday gift, I got more ingredients to make her another pan tonight.    

I showed her how to put this simple dish together.  I told her the first rule is that you don't change the recipe.  This comfort food, not a gourmet dish.  Kind of like homemade mac and cheese, also major comfort food, don't go adding fancy stuff to it, it is meant to be pasta and cheese, no more no less.   There is no picture to go with the recipe because it is pretty much yellow and white, not the stuff that makes good pictures.

Chicken With Rice

Grease the bottom of a baking dish with butter, I use the 9X13.  Sprinkle on rice, whatever looks like a good amount, to make a thin layer.  On top of this lay chicken pieces.  Any kind of chicken, doesn't matter if it is a whole one you cut up or pieces you take out of a bag.  I used frozen chicken breast because they are the easiest.  If you use frozen thaw them a bit in the microwave or it takes a long time for them to bake.  Mix together two cans of Cream of Chicken soup and two cans of milk until smooth.  Pour over the top of the chicken making sure it gets down to all the rice or the rice won't cook it will just be hard, hot rice.  Bake at 350 degrees until chicken reaches 170 degrees.  If need be, cover with foil to get the chicken to the right temperature.

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