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Monday, April 27, 2020

Broccoli Chicken Rice Bake


This is the last dish I cooked up before I decided I wanted to get more groceries.  I had some rice in the pantry and broccoli and chicken tenderloins in the freezer.  The idea for this originated from a woman named Blair, who shares her Dump-and-Bake Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole recipe I found online.  Here is the link to her recipe: https://www.theseasonedmom.com/chicken-broccoli-rice-casserole-2/

It sounded simple enough, just dump everything (even raw chicken) in the pan, mix, and bake.  But as it turned out, it calls for cream of chicken soup and long grain white rice, both of which I didn't have.  I didn't have cream of anything and I had brown rice, not white.

So here we go with the substitutions.  I found a recipe for a cream soup substitute, which I will link here: https://www.centercutcook.com/cream-soup-substitute/.  Great, I can make my own!  But, I didn't have all the ingredients for that either. 😲

Substitutions I made
  • Cream of chicken - cream soup substitute recipe
  • Butter - coconut oil
  • Flour - corn starch
  • Chicken stock - chicken bouillon and water
  • Milk - water  
  • Long grain white rice - brown rice
In conclusion, this is one of those dishes that would be best if you follow the original recipe.  This is the most extreme pandemic cooking dish I've made.  Extreme to me because I had to use substitutions and make substitutions for the substitutions.

But not having exactly what you need on hand is good for keeping us creative.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  Maybe not invention in this case, but maybe it will lead to a lot of people coming up with new, tasty recipes and work-arounds.

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