In this recipe, boneless chicken breasts are baked on a bed of rice with a simple, flavorful mushroom sauce. Onion soup mix and condensed soup make the dish simple and give it flavor.
It takes just minutes to prepare the dish. Pop it in the oven, and you'll have a full dinner in an hour and 15 minutes. It's an excellent dish for a busy day.
- 4 boneless chicken breast halves (skin removed)
- 1 (10.5-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 soup can half-and-half or milk
- 3/4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 envelope dry onion soup mix (divided)
- 1 (4-ounce) can mushroom pieces (with liquid)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup with half-and-half or milk.
Transfer 1/2 cup of this mixture to a separate bowl and set aside for later.
Mix the remaining soup mixture with the rice, garlic powder, and half of the dry onion soup mix (about 1/4 cup).
Mix well and pour into a 13x9-inch baking dish.
Place chicken breasts on rice mixture.
Combine reserved 1/2 cup of soup mixture with the mushrooms and their liquid.
Pour over chicken breasts.
Sprinkle with remaining dry onion soup mix and thyme.
Cover tightly with foil and bake in the heated oven for 1 hour.
Remove the foil, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and continue baking for 15 to 20 minutes longer or until chicken is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
Serve with a crisp green side salad and crusty bread for a delicious meal.
One-Dish Meals Are a Lifesaver for Busy Families
Everyone likes to come home to a hot, comforting meal (except, perhaps, in the summer), but for busy families with hectic schedules, this isn't always possible. Enter the one-pot meal such as this one that can be prepped the night before and then cooked the next day in about 1 1/2 hours, enough time to unwind or get the homework done before enjoying a meal. The possibilities for one-pot meals are endless.
- Shepherd's pie, using leftover beef, lamb, chicken or turkey, is another fix-ahead meal that can be prepared the day before and baked when ready to serve. It also uses up leftovers nicely.
- Cheesy baked ziti is a good dish for the vegetarian (but not for vegans because it contains cheese unless you use a nondairy cheese that melts well). Best of all, you can slip some thawed and squeezed-dry spinach into the sauce and give the kids a dose of vitamins at the same time.