Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Don't Peek" Chicken and Rice Casserole from Mr. Food

Things are really hectic around my house. I am getting it ready to sell. We have only owned two homes in our lives and we thought that we would be in this one forever. But life throws glitches in the best laid plans. Whoever would have thought that I would be a widow at age 53? After ten years of rambling around in our giant and well loved home, I finally realize that I don't need it and can't afford the upkeep. I would rather be vacationing in the mountains or cruising to Hawaii. I am a slow learner. 
I was thinking of a great one dish meal to fix for dinner that would leave plenty of leftovers for the weekend. Then I remembered one of my favorite recipes from the old Mr. Food kitchen segments that I used to watch during the noon news hour. I found the card and popped it in the oven. It turned out perfect, since I followed the directions and didn't peek. Here it is for you to enjoy - the perfect weeknight dinner - just throw together a salad with those fresh Florida tomatoes and you will be all set.

"Don't Peek" Chicken - a Quick and Easy recipe from Mr. Food

1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 soup can cold water
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 chicken breasts or 8 thighs and legs - ( I love the thighs and legs)
Paprika for a good sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Coat a 9 X13 pan with cooking spray
In a large bowl, mix together rice, soups, soup mix, water, garlic, parsley, and worcestershire sauce
Pour mixture into prepared pan. Press chicken into the mixture. Sprinkle with paprika, then cover tightly with aluminum foil.
Bake 1 1/4 hours. Do not open cover (not even to peek) during baking.
It is really good-