Sometimes a recipe post is brought about by sheer desperation.
I’ve had this recipe printed out on a piece of computer paper for, well, about 8 years. It was given to me, along with a full meal that included the dish, when my youngest was born. I’ve referred to it many times, so it’s covered in splashes and splatters, but the worse part is that one of my kids used it to make a Sharpie work of art on the back that almost obliterated the instructions.
Well, see for yourself…
And now, here I sit, squinting at the page, in an effort to save the recipe for my own use…and your benefit!
The best thing I ever learned on the internet was this: If your recipe calls for chopped or shredded chicken, head to Publix and grab a rotisserie chicken. Original flavor works best, but none of them are so flavorful that they’ll ruin a recipe, especially since you’re just going to discard the skin. So grab a rotisserie chicken, pull back the skin, get all the meat off, and chop it up. Easy peasy.
Here are the ingredients:
I’m all about that easy-peasy-ness, so I also use pre-cooked, microwaveable rice and frozen pre-chopped onions in this recipe. Pre-ANYTHING always speeds up a busy weeknight dinner. If you’re not fond of that, go ahead and chop a fresh onion and cook a box of uncooked wild rice (Far East is a good brand) and it will be fine. But if you’re
lazy efficient like me, follow along. (Because this Uncle Ben’s rice is already pre-cooked, I use two packages. If you’re using uncooked rice, one package is fine. The volume increases when you cook it, after all.)
So the first step is to cook the rice according to package directions. Bear with me, because this is a bit complicated – tear open the package where indicated about 2 inches, and microwave for 90 seconds. Got it? Good. Now repeat with the other bag of rice.
Next, cook the onions (no need to thaw first) in the butter until the onions are transparent.
Go on, sniff your computer screen. You know you want to.
Anyway, once the onions are transparent, add in the flour. Cook for one minute while stirring, then slowly add the half and half and the chicken broth. Cook all of that until thickened, still stirring. Seriously, stirring is the hardest part of this dish. Except maybe waiting for it to cook. Next, add the salt and pepper, and now you have this:
Now just dump in the chicken, rice, and parsley. (Dump carefully so you don’t have as much of a mess to clean up.) Stir to combine.
Put that whole shebang into a lightly-greased, 13″ x 9″ in casserole dish. Throw it in a 425-degree oven for 30 minutes or until it starts to bubble.
Check out all that deliciousness. See that burned stuff along the edges up there? That’s my husband’s favorite part.
Serve and enjoy!