Baked Chicken and Rice
When they ask, "What's for supper?," answer with these baked chicken-and-rice dishes. From creamy mushroom to Southwestern solutions, these easy baked chicken-and-rice dishes will have them asking, "Can we have seconds?"
This Mexican dinner is ideal for mixing and matching. The chicken would taste fabulous sliced and served inside fajitas, while the pilaf would be a perfect partner for grilled steak or shrimp.
Tote this low-fat chicken casserole to a potluck, or serve with green beans or broccoli for a great family dinner.
Keep a jar of the curry sauce on hand so you can fix this 5-ingredient chicken and rice dinner whenever you need a quick meal.
You need only five ingredients for this Southwest chicken dinner. Chicken thighs topped with salsa and jalapenos bake in the oven while you prepare the quick rice and bean side dish on the stovetop.
Enjoy this chicken dish flavored with gingersnaps, pineapple tidbits, and green sweet pepper.
Chicken strips get a crispy bread crumb coating in this dinner recipe. The corn and bean rice acts as a side dish to make this a complete meal.
Spanish rice, ironically, is not a Spanish at all -- it originated in Mexico (and is sometimes referred to as Mexican rice). Spanish conquistadors introduced rice to Mexico in the 1500s, hence the name; it soon took on a life of its own, evolving into an economical "peasant" dish that turned bits of leftovers into a full meal. So we can thank Mexican chefs for the popularity of this deliciously versatile dish that has become an American favorite.
If you've shied away from learning how to make chicken enchiladas, you're not alone. While tacos and even burritos seem fairly manageable, enchiladas can be intimidating, from the filling to the sauce to the bubbling melted cheese. Rise above your fear! Enchiladas are surprisingly easy to make--even a cooking newbie can pull off this Mexican meal.
Knowing how to make a chicken and rice casserole ensures you can always serve up one of the most universally beloved comfort foods. Nearly everyone's grandmother had her own version of this dish, and the beauty of it is that you can fall back on whatever ingredients you happen to have handy, for endless variations. There’s no one "right" recipe.
No more boil-and-eat packets: Knowing how to prepare Mexican rice from scratch requires a few added steps but pays off with more flavor and far less sodium. Mexican rice (also known as Spanish rice in the U.S., though it's not at all native to Spain) is a popular side dish, often served alongside refried beans, at Mexican-American restaurants.
When you thumb through cookbooks or surf the net looking for instructions on how to cook wild rice, you may be surprised to find out that wild rice isn't a rice at all, but instead a nutritious grain. In fact, it's the only cereal grain that's native to North America.
Once you know how to poach chicken, the possibilities are endless. Poaching (a moist-heat cooking method) means to cook something in barely simmering liquid (perfect for delicate foods, like eggs and fish), and it is, sadly, almost a forgotten way of cooking -- sad because it's an incredibly simple technique, it can yield the most tender, juicy meat without the fat and calories from frying or sauteing, and keeps your kitchen cooler than baking or roasting. Some poaching recipes, like the one below, use the poaching liquid itself as a sauce; it only needs only be reduced and thickened to provide the perfect accompaniment for your poached chicken dish.
Recipes for how to make oven-barbecued chicken can use just about any combination of chicken pieces imaginable. This makes oven-barbecued chicken perfect for weeks when the family budget is tight and chicken leg quarters go on sale at the market. Knowing how to barbecue chicken in the oven means no more standing over a hot grill continually basting the meat. And making your own sauce with a non-MSG soy sauce ensures a more healthful result.
Chances are you already have a recipe or two for how to bake chicken breast. Chicken is a favorite mealtime choice in many households, and with good reason. It's low in fat and high in protein, and its mild flavor means it goes well with ingredients both common and exotic. Finding new recipes to keep your menu planning fresh and exciting can be a challenge, especially if you're cooking for a family. That makes chicken breast a great choice. Like the proverbial little black dress, you can dress chicken up or down depending on the occasion. Versatile chicken offers so many options, you need never get bored.
Some recipes for how to cook chicken breast in the oven make a very simple procedure sound complicated and time consuming. Oven baked chicken breast is quick and delicious; you just need to be careful that you don't overcook it (making it tough and dry) or undercook it (risking food illness).
While chicken breasts often get all the glory, the drumsticks and thighs hold some of the juiciest and most flavorful meat--and even better, they're inexpensive and easy to prepare. Drumsticks are also favorites among young diners since they come with a "handle" and are fun to eat. So, knowing how to cook chicken legs is an especially useful skill for anyone feeding a family.
When it comes to Mexican cooking, tacos, burritos, enchiladas and other main courses tend to take center stage, in your mind and on the table. But to truly complete a Tex-Mex feast, you should learn how to make Mexican rice...without reaching for a boxed mix or heat-and-serve pouch.