Sunday, October 9, 2011

Creamy Chicken & Spinach Bake

Today we got some much needed rain at our house. It was one of the most beautiful sounds I've heard in a long time.

When I got home from work it was pouring rain and the house needed to be warmed up a bit with some good home cooking. Jon didn't have any ideas so I was left to my creative mind.

When we lived in MN one of my favorite go to meals was chicken and rice bake. It's one of those meals I can pull together quickly at the end of a long day. It's inexpensive and very adaptable.

Tonight I decided the recipe needed some veggies. On a whim I put some frozen, chopped spinach in the mix. We agreed that the addition was just the right thing for the recipe.

It was a cozy way to end a cool, rainy day.

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friends. Cheers!

Creamy Chicken & Spinach Bake
Serves 4

10 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast- diced
1/2 large onion, diced
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup raw minute rice
1 cup water
1/3 cup sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
5 oz chopped, frozen spinach
1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3-1/2 cup crushed corn tortilla chips
Jane's Crazy Mixed up Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large skillet, brown the chicken,garlic, and onion in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Once browned, remove from skillet. Add the sour cream, water, and mushroom soup. Stir to combine. Return chicken mixture to the soup. Stir in spinach, rice, Italian seasoning, Jane's Crazy Salt and pepper. (Taste for seasoning)

Pour into a prepared casserole dish or 8x8 baking dish.

Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes until bubbly. Sprinkle with crushed tortilla chips. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes.

Remove from oven, let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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