Also on a side note to self -- I made my pre-cooked chicken in the smoker this time. While it is super tasty, I'm not sure I want to do that again. (or at least I guess I'd better use less wood chips.) The chicken had a powerful hickory flavor. Again, not bad, just strong. Not sure it will go with all recipes.
Finally, I made this with a super simple rice pilaf. My goal was -something that my 14 year old (not good in the kitchen or following directions) could start while I was gone so that the boys could eat between activities. So, I tossed a bunch of dehydrated veggies in with the rice and left it in the rice cooker. (he just had to add broth - sadly he didn't add enough and the 12 year old wanting to attend his church activity left to it hungry but what can I say. I tried hard - didn't help that there was a wreck on the way home from the cross country meet, but that is another blog right?? Suffice it to say, this was a super simple meal that came together quickly. I was so impressed with how well the pilaf went with the chicken that I'm including the recipe.
- 1 package pre-cooked chicken (12-16 oz) -or saute some chicken in a pan before starting
- 2 limes, juices
- 1 stick butter (could probably reduce by 1/2 - there was a LOT of sauce and we didn't use it all.)
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon dill
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- In a frying pan, cook juices of limes over low heat until it begins to bubble Add butter, stirring until butter becomes opaque and forms a thickened sauce. Stir in chicken broth, chives, and dill. Add chicken and heat through. Serve over rice.
Simple rice pilaf (in a rice cooker)
- 2 cups brown rice
- varied dried veggies -I just tossed in maybe 1/4 cup of each - more or less I mixed it in with the rice and went by how it looked. I used
- a veggie flavor mix which included onion, garlic, red and green peppers and celery (I see that is not posted here. I may have to give it a post. It was handy and added a lot to the flavor.)
- 1 32 oz container of chicken stock
- Combine ingredients in rice cooker and push button - can't get easier than that.