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I had a conversation with some girls the other day about food. I said that there are very few things that I don’t like. I’m not a picky eater at all and I’ll try pretty much everything.

But this meal – it reminded me of one thing I don’t like. Instant rice. You know, the kind that cooks in 5 minutes. I had some in my pantry and I decided to use it up for this meal. The chicken was really good, but it’s too bad that the bland, tasteless instant rice messed everything up! I’m just glad I used the rest of that rice up and I don’t have to worry about it anymore!

The only other small complaint I had about this meal is that the sauce isn’t very saucy. I would have liked a little more to soak into the rice, so if I were to make this again, I would probably do more sauce. But then again, we are a saucy family!!

What food do you not like?

Smothered Chicken with Brown Rice
adapted from Kraft Foods Food & Family Fall ’09

serves 4

prep time: 15 minutes
total time: 45 minutes

4 slices bacon, chopped
4 small boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 lb)
4 large carrots, (1 lb), thinly sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chicken broth, divided
2 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, cubed
3 cups hot cooked brown rice

Cook the bacon in a large nonstick skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard drippings from skillet.

Add the chicken to the skillet and cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm. Add the vegetables and half of the broth to the skillet. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Stir in the remaining broth and the cream cheese. Cook, uncovered for 2 minutes or until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce has thickened. Return the chicken to the skillet; cook for 2 minutes or until heated through.

Spoon rice onto a plate; top with chicken, sauce and bacon and serve.

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13 Responses to Smothered Chicken with Brown Rice

  1. Michelle says:

    Mike also hates minute rice! I'm not detailed enough to even notice a difference, but I haven't made it in years because he doesn't like it. this recipe looks good

  2. newlywed says:

    I can't tell the difference with instant rice…I use brown, since I often don't have 45 minutes for real brown rice. I am picky about other things though, like mushrooms!

  3. Gina says:

    I am not a big fan of rice. It tastes ok, but kind of looks like little larvae, which is sick. I am an extremely picky eater and tend to make the same things over and over…I hope those that follow my foodie blog don't get bored with my consistent use of the same ingredients!

  4. Cassie says:

    You and I really do have such similar tastes in food! I made this earlier this year (with some changes, including more sauce, which: yes, it definitely needs), and we really liked it!

  5. Ingrid says:

    I'm with you on sauce. I like enough for it to mix in with the side.
    ~ingrid

  6. Jennifurla says:

    I always need extra sauce myself, especially for reheating. I dislike TUNA! YUCKKKKKKK

  7. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A great middle of week meal! Balanced and delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  8. Joanne says:

    Yuck. Instant rice. Yuck. I say, just take the time to make regular rice. It's SO worth it!

    I love the sound of the sauce for the chicken…but I'm a saucy girl as well!

  9. Kim says:

    I'm with you. I cannot handle instant rice. However, I love the sound of the smothered chicken with the tasty bacon and cream cheese sauce. Sounds great!

  10. Monet says:

    I don't like rice very much. Instant OR regular. My husband loves it, and I can tolerate it, but only if the dish is super saucy. Even now, Ryan is rolling his eyes…he wanted to make rice tonight, and I convinced him that we had to have pasta. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Tia says:

    I sometimes like instant rice – kinda like cake mix – sometimes you just want that processed mouthfeel :)

  12. grace says:

    gummy rice is gross. there are hundreds of foods i don't like–i'm too picky for my own good!

  13. Linda Berkheimer says:

    This is so good. My husband is not a great chicken lover, but he definitely likes this recipe. You could substitute noodles if you don’t like rice.

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