20 Minute Meal Idea: Curried Chicken and Rice

As a busy mom and wife, I am always on the hunt for meals I can just throw together when I am exhausted from work. Often times, as I hate to admit, if I am too tired, it becomes a “pizza night”. I feel guilt about this as I would love to make home cooked meals for my family instead of take the lazy way out and do take out.

Since I have gone through culinary training, I feel terrible about using a lot of boxed meals. I can never just leave things alone as they are. I always have to enhance them with my own ingredients.

Ever since I was a child, I have loved Rice-a-Roni. I was tired one night and we needed to go to the grocery store and I had very little to work with. The last thing I want to do when I am exhuasted is head to the grocery store, even though it is just a couple blocks away. I had to use what I had!

I decided to make this easy concoction and I hope you will use it when you need a quick meal that is filling and delicious!

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To make Curried Chicken with Rice, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 Pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or about 3 medium sized breasts
  • 2 Boxes of friend rice flavor Rice-a-Roni
  • 1 Cup canned corn
  • 4 Tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 5 3/4 Cups water
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Curry
  • A pinch of white pepper
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Salt to taste

1.  Start by making the Rice-A-Roni according to directions (with 5 cups water and 4 tablespoons margarine).

2. Cut chicken into cubes and saute in a pan over medium heat. When it is almost done, add 3/4 cup water, adjust heat to medium high and add curry and a pinch of black pepper. Cook until water is absorbed.

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3. When Rice-A-Roni is almost done, add corn to it and stir in.

4. Beat eggs and make a space in your skillet for them. Pour the eggs into this space and gently scramble over medium heat. When almost all the way scrambled, mix into rice.

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4. Add Chicken to pan with rice in it. Sprinkle a pinch of white pepper on top and mix in well. Add a bit of salt to taste.

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That’s it! This whole process from start to finish took me less than 20 minutes! My family raved about it. If you don’t like corn, try peas. They taste excellent in this as well!

 

 

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