When you need dinner on the table in short order to feed toddlers and preschoolers, put the microwave to work. Chicken and rice can be a satisfying entree, mild enough to appeal to tiny taste buds. Gather the ingredients you’ll need to whip up a tasty meal that should appeal to the little ones and the not-so-little ones, too.
When putting together a kid-friendly entree, convenience, taste and nutrition are the goal. Streamline your meal preparation by using canned chicken breast – it’s already cooked and shredded, ready to open and toss into the casserole dish. Choose veggies your little ones will like – green beans, chopped broccoli or peas, for example. Using green vegetables will create an attractive visual contrast in the chicken, rice and cheese. By using instant brown rice, your meal will cook quickly without sacrificing nutrition.
Gather the ingredients for the chicken and rice dish. You’ll need two 6.5-ounce cans of chicken breast, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup of green vegetables (beans, broccoli or peas), 1 1/2 cups instant brown rice, 1 cup of chicken broth and 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Layer the ingredients in a 2-quart microwave-safe dish in the order presented, topping everything with shredded cheese.
Cover the casserole dish with a lid and place it into the microwave. Microwave the deliciousness for 5 minutes on high power. Turn the dish 180 degrees and microwave it for another 5 minutes. Remove the dish from the microwave and let it stand covered for about 5 more minutes to let the food finish cooking. Remove the lid and give everything a good stir to mix up the casserole well. It should be hot all the way through.
With the chicken, veggies and rice already in the casserole, most of your meal is already done. Add a few things to the dinner table and you’ll have a complete meal. Try a fruit salad featuring your kiddos’ favorite fruits, dinner rolls and oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert. Don’t forget big glasses of milk and you’ve got an appealing and nutritious meal that should hit the spot for everyone.