How to Bake Chicken Breast
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. Boneless, skinless chicken breast is frequently touted as a lean, healthful source of protein, which might lead you to think it doesn't have a place in the world of comfort food. Comfort food can be good for you too, though, as this one-dish chicken and rice bake attests. It's just one example of how basic ingredients can come together to create satisfying meals that are as good for you as they are delicious. And since it's a one-dish meal, preparation and clean-up are easy.
-Hi! I'm Miranda with recipe.com, and today, I'm gonna show you how to make a one dish chicken and rice bake. So, rice and chicken paired with a creamy mushroom sauce baked together in 1 dish makes really easy preparation and really, really clean up, so let's get started. I have our ingredients all laid out here. We have 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast half of about 1 pound. We have 1 can of condensed mushroom soup today. We're using Campbell's. We have 3 quarters of a cup of long-grain white rice, 1 cup of water, and a quarter teaspoon each of paprika and freshly ground pepper. So, we are going to start by taking our 2-quart shallow baking dish, and we are going to get our condensed mushroom soup in here and then the water, the rice, and the majority of the paprika and the pepper. We're gonna save just a tiny, tiny bit for the end 'coz we're just gonna sprinkle it over the top to just kind of, you know, grab most of it. Just save a little sprinkle for the very end. Perfect. And just mix the salt together. So, you're just kind of-- kinda make a nice little soup out of everything. You could use a spoon. You can use whatever you want. I find a little rubber spatula helps me just kind of smoosh down the-- the condensed soup. And it doesn't have to be perfectly mixed. It will obviously melt and thin out in the oven. Perfect. Okay. Now, we're just going to place our chicken breast on top. It will kind of soak in there, but don't worry about like fully submerging them. Wonderful. And now let's sprinkle with the remainder of our paprika, just a nice little sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle on the top, and the pepper. Okay. So now we're gonna cover it and then pop it into the oven, again at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and the rice is nice and tender. So let's come back then. Okay. So, it's been 45 minutes and we've pulled our one dish chicken and rice bake out of the oven. Look how fantastic it looks. The chickens are wonderfully cooked through. The rice is just really great and tender. This is gonna make a perfect dinner. Now, for a full dinner, consider adding a steamed vegetable blend with it and maybe some crusty whole-wheat rolls and a perfect dessert will be fresh apple slices dipped in store-bought caramel sauce. And there you go. Super easy. Easy to do. Easy to clean up. That's how you make One dish chicken and rice bake. Thanks for watching. And for more great recipes and savings, visit us at recipe.com.
What You'll Need
- 1 10 3/4 ounce can Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
Step By Step
Stir the soup, water, rice, paprika and black pepper in a 2-quart shallow baking dish. Top with the chicken. Season with additional paprika and black pepper. Cover the baking dish.
Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender.
Ingredient Note: For creamier rice, increase the water to 1 1/3 cups.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with a steamed vegetable blend and crusty whole wheat rolls. For dessert serve fresh apple slices and store-bought caramel sauce for dipping.
Trying out different ideas for how to bake chicken breast is a great way to expand your repertoire of healthy meals to serve your friends and family. It's also a good way to explore how some of your old favorites might be remade into more healthful dishes by using boneless, skinless chicken breast in place of fattier skin-on pieces.