I have present wrapping and house cleaning on the agenda for this afternoon/evening, so I need a quick and easy dinner for tonight. For some reason, I could not think of anything to make...I think my brain is on Christmas overload. We have family coming over tomorrow night for my annual Christmas Eve Italian Foodfest, and I have been focusing on my menu plan for that big, pants-splitting,garlic-studded,marinara sauce-laden, holiday meal. I decided to peruse my friend Claire's blog, and I came across this easy dinner idea. I just happened to have a package of the yellow rice mix in my pantry, so I thought I would give it a whirl. It sounds really simple and yummy....best of all easy and quick. I think I will serve this dish with some glazed carrots and call it a done deal. This is one of Claire's favorite easy dinners, so I am excited to try it out!
Claire's Chicken and Yellow Rice
1 package saffron rice mix
1 or 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper to taste
Creole seasoning to taste (optional)
Cook rice mix according to package directions. Mix in chicken and black beans. Add seasoning,salt and pepper, if desired.
I think I have 3 small chicken breasts to use up. Also, I think I will use my standard 'broiler' method to cook my birds. I typically use salt, pepper, olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, and a little paprika on my chicken and then cook them under a high broiler for about 7-9 minutes (depending on how big/thick your chicken breasts are). Then, I will just cube up the meat and add it to my rice mixture. Yum.
Oh man! This totally hit the spot! This was really, really good. Quick, easy, cheap, and delicious! I really loved it. This is a definite keeper. It actually reminds me of a dish that I used to get at a restaurant when I was a kid, but I haven't had since. I think it was the yellow saffron rice mix. Anyway, we will be having this again soon, I am sure. Thanks Claire...you always come up with good stuff!!!