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Chicken and Rice

April 22, 2012

You can make this chicken and rice the easy way, or you can make your own condensed cream of mushroom soup substitute and make it a little healthier. Taste-wise, the easy way is just as good (*maybe even better–I’m probably not supposed to say that). But after reading the ingredients on the can of soup, which I always assumed was a healthy food for some reason, I thought, “maybe I don’t want eat all that.” The first few tries at modification weren’t as good, but I think that’s because I wasn’t adding enough salt. I’m still not sure exactly how much to add, so you’ll just have to figure it out for your taste (or just add more at the table if you don’t find it salty enough), but this was my best substitute attempt yet!

Chicken and rice

The easy way:

1 cup rice (uncooked-white or brown or combination, but not instant rice)

1 can condensed mushroom soup

1 cup water

3-4 chicken thighs, at least one with the skin still on (if you use skinless chicken it will be a little too dry and not very flavorful)

1/3 package onion soup mix

Mix rice, mushroom soup and water together in a casserole dish. Press chicken pieces into rice mixture and sprinkle onion soup mix over top. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 2 hours. Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving. (Take the skin off before serving too.)

Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup Substitute (this is adapted from the Medium-Thick Basic White Sauce from the More-With-Less Cookbook):

cream of mushroom soup

Melt 3 Tbsp butter in a small saucepan. Saute 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms and 1 Tbsp finely diced onion in the butter until cooked. Blend in 3 Tbsp flour and 1/4 tsp salt. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk (or stock or combination), a bit at a time until smooth and slightly thickened. Season with pepper and a bit of poultry seasoning. (I used dried mushrooms and added the strained soaking liquid from the mushrooms in place of some of the milk).

I also skipped the onion soup mix and just sprinkled the top with salt and pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, celery salt…and maybe something else…fenugreek? chervil? Don’t worry about it. I just had to try out my birthday spices. Whatever it was, it worked! This was great.

Chicken and rice

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