Monday, August 17, 2015

Back to the real world

I was reading on Facebook and scrolled past a picture that simply stated "August is the Sunday for teachers." And boy is it true. It is hard to work full time and have a decent meal on the table before my husband gets home and we don't have kids yet. That is one thing I look for in recipes. I want something that is fast and easy.

One of my favorites is Cheesy Chicken and Rice. It is a Crockpot meal. If you do not have a slow cooker get one and I really suggest Crockpot with a timer. This crockpot has made cooking that much easier for me. I set the time go to work and when the timer is up it trips itself to warm! If you shop at Costco they sell this exact model with the lil dipper in a package deal. The lil dipper is great for dips like my buffalo chicken dip.










This recipe is super simple and easy. I have made if many time and often do it without looking. I have changed multiple things and added things throughout the different times I have made it.

What you need:
4 chicken breast (raw) (I throw mine in frozen and it still works)
1 Onion (optional)
1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken (I prefer cream of chicken and mushroom)
1 can green beans, drained (optional)
1 can mushrooms, drained (optional)
1 8 oz. box of Zatarain's yellow rice (cooked) (I have used white rice and it works just as well)
1 cup of cheddar cheese (but I normally use 2-2.5 cups, who doesn't like cheese)
1 can corn whole kernel, drained

How to make it:
Place chicken on the bottom of the Crockpot. Add onions and spoon the cream of chicken overtop.
Half way through I like to add the green beans and mushrooms. You can add them in the beginning. 
Cook on Low for 4-6 hours or High for 3-4 hours.

About 5 minutes before serving throw in the cheese, rice, and corn. Stir to combine. Serve hot.

Note: My husband and I both agree that this is one of our better the next day meals. For some reason the next day it tastes even better. If you go to the link for the original recipe you will notice green beans and mushrooms are not on there. We have a mushroom rule, we add them to almost every meal.

If you tweak this recipe please share at the bottom! I love trying old recipes with new ingredients!

We used some of our yellow squash in place of the corn. It was so good. All we did was take the squash and dice it into very small squares and put it in the cooker around the same time as the green beans and mushrooms.

Original link:http://www.southernplate.com/2010/09/slow-cooker-cheesy-chicken-and-rice-the-downside-of-being-a-swan-princess.html