New Pinterest Recipe of the Week: No Peek Chicken

As promised, here is No Peek Chicken. I’ve been trying to find more dinner options to add to my regular rotation just to give myself a greater range of meals to choose from. That and the fact that we are having people from my husband’s crew over for dinner on a semi-regular basis means I also don’t get as many leftovers, so I’m cooking more often. This recipe comes from Thrifty Decorating, and while it does take time to cook (two and a half hours), the prep time is minimal.

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Uncle Ben’s Long Grain Wild Rice (Original Recipe – Though you could probably sub in a different flavor if you so desired and it would not be an issue.)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 can of water (You can add up to an additional cup of water if you want more tender rice.)
  • chicken breasts or tenders (I used tenders.)

Set your oven to 350°F.

Grease a 9×13 baking dish. (Don’t forget to do this! I did, and while it wasn’t the worst thing I could have overlooked, my baking dish did need a good soak after dinner in order to get all the stuck on rice loosened up so I could clean it.)

In your baking dish, mix your rice, soups, and water. Stir everything together until you have a uniform mixture. Arrange your chicken on top.

Cover and seal the dish with foil and bake for two and a half hours. Do not remove foil until done.

No Peek Chicken

Tweaks and Overall Review

Given how simple this recipe is, there’s not a lot to mess with. The only thing I noticed that I would try to adjust next time is that between the spices which come with the rice and the “cream of” soups this dish came out just a tad too salty for my liking. Since I only used the single cup of water in my preparations (I like a little more chew in my rice), I figure I can either use another half cup of water to further dilute things a bit, or I can use the reduced sodium versions of the soups. Either would probably work. Other than that, this made for a great weeknight family dinner. The chicken was deliciously moist and tasted great with rice mixture. True, there’s quite a bit of cook time, but as long as I can have this in the oven soon after picking up Big Bit from school, dinner is still ready and on the table at a reasonable time.

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So, Who (or What) Is G.I. June?

   I guess “G.I. June” was born out of a joke I made when my family and I were starting out as a military family at our first station. What do you get when you mix the military lifestyle and a homemaker? G.I. June! I thought it was a cute description of who I was (and still am), so I adopted it as a nickname. But over the years “G.I. June” has come to be more than that. To me, it shows how proud I am of who I am and what I do. I am proud to be a military wife. I am proud of my husband and what he does. I am happy to be “the woman behind the man,” so my husband can succeed. My home and my family are my job, so I am proud of what I do at home: taking care of my girls, managing the household, cleaning, and preparing meals. I take joy in cooking. It’s one of the things I am very thankful for as a housewife and stay at home mom. I get to indulge my desire to cook and bake far more often than I might otherwise be able to. Add to that the fact that I can send most of the finished products off to work with my husband and not have to eat it all myself, and it’s the perfect set-up.
   G.I. June is what I aspire to every day. A strong woman, because a military wife has to be strong, who embraces her life and takes pride in it, even if some people say “all” she does is keep things going on the home front. But we know better. She makes it all work. In that sense, there are G.I. Junes everywhere. I’m just one of many, but I am blessed to be one of the many.

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Hi, I’m Amy (aka G.I. June). I’m a proud military spouse and mom of two (with #3 due this summer). I’m an unexpected housewife (more on that at a later date), learning to embrace domesticity. I enjoy cooking, so you’ll find many posts on here documenting my attempts as I navigate my way through various Pinterest recipes I come across. I occasionally attempt to craft, with mixed results. Every so often I even wade into parenting news stories of the day, because really, sometimes how can one not?

It’s nice to meet you. Welcome to my world.

Nice to meet you! As you can see, I appear perfectly ordinary.

Nice to meet you! As you can see, I appear perfectly ordinary.