Monday, December 5, 2016

One Skillet Chicken, Vegetables and Rice Meal


 This one skillet complete meal is a great choice for using up leftover chicken or turkey. It would also be an easy meal to prepare and deliver to a shut-in. If taking this meal to someone who needs a helping hand you might want to include some fresh fruit and cookies to enhance the meal for them.

One Skillet Chicken, Vegetables and Rice
Ingredients:
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts or 2 cups of leftover cooked chicken or turkey
  • 3 cups fresh vegetables of your choice chopped or sliced, I used mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, and broccoli. 
  • 1 can chicken broth or 1-3/4 cups home made broth
  • 2 cups instant rice (white or brown)
  • 1/4 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:
  1. Heat oil in large skillet.
  2. Add onion and cook till tender.
  3. If you are using raw chicken add it now seasoning it with salt and pepper, cook until lightly browned.
  4. Add 3 cups or more of chopped vegetables and cook until slightly tender, 3-5 minutes.
  5. If you are using pre-cooked chicken or turkey add it here after the vegetables are slightly tender.
  6. Stir in 1 can of chicken broth or 1-3/4 cups of homemade broth.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Add 2 cups instant rice and 1/4 cup of Italian salad dressing and incorporate well.
  9. Bring to a boil.
  10. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until rice is tender, liquid is absorbed and chicken is cooked thoroughly (if using raw chicken to begin with). Brown rice will take longer than white.
Serves 6 or more.

My tip for you on the subject of taking meals to shut ins or a family who needs a helping hand due to surgery or the birth of a baby is to take the meal in disposable containers that do not have to be returned. Make it as easy as you can on the people you are serving.




5 comments:

  1. A very nice, quick meal to bring to someone or to enjoy at home! And I LOVE your tip for taking only disposable containers to those who receive the meal! I have been taking meals to shut-ins, new moms, sick families for many, many years and it saddens me when I see how many dishes they have piling up that need to be returned to the giver; it's an extra burden when already burdened with something else. I'll admit...I would love to take a meal in fancy dishes because it looks so delightful and delectable, and frankly, I have to fight it every time! Will I never quite get over it? :) Alas, I never do succumb to it because I want to lighten the load of the receiver.

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  2. If I want to use precooked rice instead of instant, should I just add less broth and then cook until heated?

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    1. Anonymous, Yes, that sounds like the reasonable thing to do. Wait till the vegetables are cooked, then add the rice and heat through.

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  3. This is such a lovely idea, the whole of it, the recipe, the visit and taking a meal, with a dessert of fruit and cookies.

    There is something like ethis in the efirst book, no?

    Many thanks.


    Sharon

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  4. I have sometimes purchased a gently used casserole dish in which to deliver a meal. The recipient can keep the dish or reuse it to bless someone else. It doesn't solve the dish washing obligation, but might take some pressure off. Another opportunity for service would be to remove the pile of used dishes to an empty box, take them to wash in your own kitchen, then return.

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