Before my husband and I got married, we dated for four years. During that time, I visited his family home numerous times on weekends away from college, and even lived there for six months. During the time that I lived there, two adults and six young adults between the ages of 17 and 25 were living (or temporarily rooming) there. I watched in awe as my mother-in-law didn’t even seem to break a sweat while buying groceries for and preparing dinner every night for so many people.
This is one of the meals that she made fairly often. It is definitely a crowd-pleaser! I have made a few changes, like subbing homemade “cream of anything” soup for the two cans of condensed soup, and using homemade onion soup mix. Now I like the taste and that it’s not full of processed foods.
What you need:
- homemade “cream of anything” soup
- 1 1/2 c. uncooked white rice
- 16 oz. water
- 1 pkg. onion soup mix
- uncooked chicken pieces (bone-in skinless drumsticks, thighs, or breasts work well, or boneless, skinless thighs or breasts – try to keep pieces to a similar size) – and don’t overcrowd the pan, there should be room in between each piece so everything cooks evenly
- 13″x9″ casserole
- measuring cups and spoons
- aluminum foil
- instant thermometer (optional)
Time: 10 minutes prep, 1-2 hours baking
Serves: Depends on the cut of meat you choose. Generally 4-8.
Multiplying the recipe: Mix and cook each batch in a separate casserole dish.
Chicken and Rice Casserole:
Preheat the oven to 350F. In a 13″x9″ casserole dish, combine the cream of anything soup, water, rice, and half (2 T.) of the onion soup mix.
Place the chicken pieces on top of the rice. Sprinkle the remaining half (2 T.) of the onion soup mix over the top of the chicken. Cover the dish tightly with foil.
Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for about an hour. Stir the rice to make sure it’s cooking evenly, and either test the temperature of the chicken with an instant thermometer or slice into it to see if it is cooked. If necessary, return the covered pan to the oven to finish cooking the rice and/or chicken.