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.
- 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.
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.