Saturday, July 30, 2011

Banquet: Quick and Easy Dinner Fix

Yes, I am one of those mothers. A mother who shamelessly buys her kids frozen nuggets for a meal in a pinch. I am guilty.  If you are guilty of this too,  then here is a good recipe for you to try out during the weekday when you need something fast, easy, and filling! The recipe is courtesy of Banquet of ConAgra Foods.

photo courtesy of ConAgra Foods

Chicken Broccoli Rice Skillet

  • 18 frozen Banquet® Chicken Nuggets
  •   PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli cuts
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (10-3/4 oz each) condensed broccoli cheese soup
  • 2 cups instant white rice, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  1. Bake chicken nuggets according to package directions. Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat until hot.
  2. Add broccoli*, milk, water and condensed soup to skillet; stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil; add rice and stir. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  3. Top rice mixture with hot nuggets and sprinkle with cheese. Place skillet in oven 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

*If your kids are picky and do not like broccoli, add corn or green beans instead (or another veggie they will eat). 

This is really a nice combination of comfort food, but it can have some healthier substitutions made in place of many of the ingredients. For examples, you can replace the whole milk with 1% or 2% milk and add low fat cheese soup with a combination of brown rice and white rice. If you use brown rice, add EXTRA water (1/2 to 3/4 cup) for the brown rice to have enough water to absorb and cook. You could also use low fat cheddar cheese. 

Enjoy an easy and tasty meal without the fuss. The battered chicken gives a nice touch to the ordinary chicken and rice casserole dish. 

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