Friday, January 11, 2013

What's For Dinner?

If you're anything like me, you have too many days when it's nearly 5 PM and the question has to be asked...What's for dinner? Lots of times it ends up being take-out and that sure can get expensive. The only way to avoid this situation is to know what's for dinner ahead of time and to have all the ingredients in the house. I always enjoy my day much more if dinner is planned.

So, once in a while I'd like to share any good recipes I have that might help you answer that 5 PM question. Today's recipe is for Chicken and Rice Casserole. I usually have everything to make this already in the house. I love putting it together in the morning, then whatever happens during the day, I know dinner just has to be popped into the oven. I found the original recipe here. In my opinion, the picture shown doesn't look like the finished casserole. Of course, we ate all of ours because it is YUMMY and I didn't take a picture. I halved the recipe because we have a small family and made a few notes. Here's how I made this dish.

1/2 - 3/4 cup Chopped Onion
1 TBSP Butter
2 cups Cooked Chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth, I made mine with "Better than Bouillon"
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Minute Rice, uncooked
1 can Campbell's Cream of Chicken with Herbs soup
1 tube of Ritz Crackers
1/4 cup Butter
Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. (Unless you're making this ahead of time.) Saute onion in TBSP of butter until transluscent and starting to brown. Mix cooked onion, chicken, chicken broth, sour cream, rice and soup together. Transfer to greased, 9x9-inch, oven-proof dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile crush the Ritz crackers into crumbs. Melt the 1/4 cup butter and mix with the cracker crumbs. Sprinkle over the partially baked casserole and return to oven for another 15 minutes until cracker topping starts to brown.
Serves 3-4
Let me know if you give this recipe a try or if you have any questions.
Do you have a favorite easy dinner recipe? I'd love to hear about it.


Barbara said...

It's 10 o'clock and I'm eating my dinner (solo - everybody is out tonight) - a little cheese tortellini and peas, with butter, a little parmesan grated on top, a pinch of red pepper and some kosher salt. I think the original recipe came from Real Simple magazine, but it's really not much of a recipe, just a concoction (with a vegetable, which makes me feel a little better). The casserole sounds delicious!

Vicki said...

Hi, Linda,
Your recipe sounds so good!! What a great idea to fix it in the morning so all you have to do is pop it in the oven for dinner. I don't cook a lot. My favorite recipe for this time of year is soup. I just use hamburger meat or chicken and then add the vegetables that I want to go with it. I usually freeze some of it to be enjoyed later. Enjoy your weekend, dear friend! Vicki

Mickie said...

Thanks for the recipe, Linda! Love the wintery look of your blog, it's lovely! :)
Hugs, Mickie

Perfectly Printed said...

Sounds like a great recipe! It is so much easier to have a dinner plan I agree!


Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

I hate to cook and hardly ever use a recipe but this sounds good! will you make it for me? ;) I generally make 2 large meals a week and we have lots of left overs and frozen and canned foods. Thankfully, my youngest son is learning how to cook! ♥

Celestial Charms said...

Any recipe that uses Ritz crackers, is a winner with me!
Must try...

VintageBettys said...

That sure sounds yummy! I'm going to have to try this one :) Thank you for sharing..

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Where are you Linda? Hope you are well. ♥

Anonymous said...

I always feel so much better when I already have dinner planned out. Thank you so much for posting this awesome recipe. I love chicken and rice and you can add so many good veggies in the casserole. Thank you.

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