So today has been a pretty good day. Tracy (Mr. Husband) was able to get out of work earlier than he has in weeks which put him in a particularly happy mood. Since he’ll be heading out into the field for a month of Army training exercises it’s nice to be able to spend a little extra time with him before he goes. What did I do all day while he was gone, you ask? Well I slept. I swear I am nocturnal and should have been born an owl but that’s a story for another time.
Due to the fact that I’ve been sleeping the day away and not quite feeling up to going to the commissary to do full on shopping I asked Tracy to just go and pick up stuff for dinner. Mind you, I have to make the list simple if he’s going alone. There are two reasons for this. One: he doesn’t write down what I want him to get. Two: he gets the wrong thing. I know this before I even send him places that sometimes if it’s something new it’s going to end up being the wrong brand/flavor/item altogether. So I wanted to make dinner a simple task for him to pick up and for me to cook. Enter chicken and rice.
It’s not an original but it is pretty delicious. My mother-in-law makes it all the time and that’s how I discovered it. Mind you, I’ve never made Rice-A-Roni ever in my life up until this point. It wasn’t something that my grandmother ever kept in her pantry. Chicken and Rice had always been made with Minute Rice and chicken thighs – bone and skin intact. The plus side to that version of chicken and rice was a gravy that we would pour over the rice and you never suspected there was any other way to make it. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to make my grandmother’s chicken and rice but I do intend to experiment in the future. The way my mother-in-law makes it may not be traditional but more conventional but that doesn’t mean it is lacking in taste and flavor. It’s like comparing peas to carrots. Sure, they’re both vegetables but they have totally different tastes.
I should mention I had a special helper today.
There’s a lot of different ways to make this and I’m sure I’ll be posting different ones eventually, but this is probably the easiest and definitely a tasty way to make such a classic meal. When I say that this is easy I mean it is so simple that it’s pretty much a boxed recipe. Is it healthy? Definitely not. Is it good? Hell to the yes.
Are you ready for how easy this is?
Cook it up to the instructions on the box and throw in some chunks of cooked chicken and bam! You’ve got yourself an easy meal for those nights you just really don’t want to cook but fast food is definitely out of the question. Not to mention this is budget friendly.
- 1 Box Rice-A-Roni Chicken & Garlic flavor
- 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (Cut into bite sized pieces and cooked)
- 2 Tablespoons Margarine or Butter
- 2 1/2 Cups Water
- Cook up the chicken breasts to your personal preference.
- Follow instructions on the back of the box for the Rice-A-Roni.
- Combine chicken to the rice and mix then serve!
If you don't like to cook your chicken separately and you want to save on an extra pan to clean then you can always add chicken in with the rice mixture at the same time you add water.
Also, Hawaiian rolls are delicious and everyone should have them. My husband loves them with chicken and rice.
Also, I want to point out that there are instructions to make this on the back of the box. It also suggests adding a cup of chopped tomatoes before stand time. This is in no way an original recipe. Now go make it and enjoy!