Monday, March 11, 2013

Sunday Chicken and Oven Rice

It is so nice to come home Sunday to the fragrance of lunch all ready in the oven. But I don't like to spend a lot of time Sunday morning in food prep.

For some families, Sunday lunch is a big family meal. I like to serve something special for my family, but since I haven't been willing to spend a lot of time on the meal, it is often something very simple at our house.

When we were first married, we ate a lot of leftover pizza for Sunday lunch. I made pizza Saturday evening and we had enough leftover for the next day. Children put an end to that plan. I still make pizza Saturday evenings, but typically there are few leftovers.

I've been on the look-out for recipes that I can prepare on Saturday and put in my oven Sunday morning on time bake. Extra points went to recipes that were favorites for the whole family. "Sunday chicken" won on all points.

My friend Carolyn taught me how to make rice in the oven. Since my oven is already on for the chicken, it works perfectly. I usually steam some broccoli or peas when I get home from church. I can have lunch on the table before the children have their clothes changed.


Sunday Chicken

1/2 lb chipped beef
3 lb chicken breast
2 cans of cream soup (I use a batch of homemade soup.)
1 cup sourcream
bacon slices, lightly fried

Place chipped beef in bottom of 9x13 pan. Cut chicken breast into serving sized pieces and layer on top. Mix soup and sour cream together and pour over chicken. Place bacon on top. Refrigerate overnight or bake immediately. Bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours, covered. Serve over rice.

Oven Rice

1 cup brown rice
1/2 tsp salt
1 T butter
2 cup boiling water

Place all ingredients in covered baking dish. On Saturday evening, I can put in all the ingredients except for the water. On Sunday morning all I have to do is boil some water, pour it over the rice, and place in the oven. Bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Serve. (I usually double this recipe for our family.)

17 comments :

  1. Looks so good! I am BIG on Sunday dinners that are easy but nice - I have a whole category devoted to Sunday meals and recipes on my blog :) And I often make rice in the oven if it's on already. I usually do brown rice at 350 for 1 hour starting with cold water. I bet you do not have to use boiling water.

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    1. That is good to know! I have done rice in less time, but always used the boiling water. I'm notorious for not cooking my rice long enough and having half-raw rice - so I am trying to do better!
      Gina

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    2. Margo what is your blog called? I love reading a good blog and would love to check out yours thanks

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  2. I love it, Gina. Can't wait to try this. I'm thankful for a husband who doesn't mind simple Sunday lunches- home-canned soup and toasted cheese are great with him. But I've yet to serve that to company, maybe because of pride. Drop in for a surprise some Sunday, and then I would, OK!!

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    1. Your husband and mine sound alike! I'm so grateful for a husband that is not picky!
      Gina

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  3. Looks wonderful! I'm going to give the oven rice a try.

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  4. Please can you explain what chipped beef is. We don't use that term here in England and I'm not sure what type of beef it is.

    Thank you!

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    1. Some call it dried beef. It is cured somehow and maybe smoked? Since it is already cooked, you can eat it without further cooking. I'm not sure if you have something like it in England.
      Gina

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    2. Thank you. It is something completely new to me and I don't think we have anything like it here. Maybe I could just use some extra bacon.

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  5. This looks like it would smell wonderful. I hope I have your permission, but I have copy/pasted it to a WORD document & we'll try this , this coming weekend.

    Sam

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  6. I have never heard of cooking rice in the oven! Having dinner ready as soon as we walk in the door is so nice. I usually use my slow cooker.

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  7. I've just discovered oven-cooked rice this year too. A chef told me that's the easiest way to make rice for banquets when you have to make huge trays of it. Makes sense. It also makes sense for me because I always burn rice on the stove.

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  8. I made this last night, but I think I misinterpreted the instructions. Or I got the wrong ingredients. Not sure. Is the dried beef in the little teeny tiny jars in the canned meat section of the store the same as "chipped beef"? Becasue the jars are only 2.25 OUNCES and if I had put in a 1/2 pound of it, I'd have had to use nearly 8 jars of it? so I only used 3 jars of the dried beef - I cut it up into strips. with 3 it was pretty salty! Next time I will only use 1 jar. As I was unable to find CHIPPED beef anywhere....I loved cooking th rice in the oven. My grandson ate 2 servings of this dish. So it's going to to into our normal rotation of dinners! (minus a couple jars of dried beef!) Thanks for all your inpiration Gina. I am thankful I stumbled upon your blog so many moons ago..
    sam

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    1. I'm sorry about the difficulty. I really have no idea what chipped beef is called in stores, where it is found, or anything.

      I actually use chipped venison that a butcher makes for us. Ours is not too salty.

      Hope you can find a way to use the recipe with what you have available!
      Gina

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  9. Oh No Gina! I didn't mean for you to apologize! I loved the recipe & it was incredibly tasty & the chicken we could literally cut with a spoon. I absolutely plan on making this (a lot) more in our house. We'll just use ONE jar of the dried beef. (Real butcher's are few & far between down here. Even during deer hunting season)I just love your posts.

    Sam

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  10. Boy oh Boy that looks good! Makes my mouth water just looking at the photo and reading the ingredient list. For sure have to make this in our home. Thanks for sharing

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  11. In the UK you can often get the Italian dried beef slices called bresceola in the deli section of the supermarket, which is the closest thing to chipped beef I think.

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