The Return of Mindless Cookery for Distracted Writers

Another dead-simple recipe for nights when your brain isn’t up to anything more elaborate.  This one has the advantage of being mostly made from pantry ingredients — you’ll need fresh milk, but chicken breasts are a freezer staple around our house, at least.

Chicken Breasts on Rice


  •         1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  •         1 package dry onion soup mix
  •         1 can milk
  •         1 cup long grain rice
  •         4 chicken breast halves


  •     Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  •     Mix together the soup and the milk.
  •     Stir together 1/2 of the soup/milk mix, the rice, and 1/2 of the package of onion soup mix.
  •     Pour soup/rice mixture into a 13×9 inch baking dish.
  •     Lay the chicken breasts on top.
  •     Pour the rest of the soup/milk mixture over the chicken and rice, and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 package of dry onion soup mix over the whole thing.
  •     Cover with aluminum foil (or a lid, if the baking dish has one) and bake at 350F for 1 hour.
  •     Uncover and bake an additional 15-30 minutes.

There you go.  Five ingredients, and nothing to worry about once you’ve got it going except remembering to take off the aluminum foil at the one-hour mark.

One thought on “The Return of Mindless Cookery for Distracted Writers

  1. Half water half orange juice in the rice instead of milk, and (this was a long time ago) a can of sliced mushrooms mixed into the rice, and (made with bone in chicken pieces) this was the Chicken Lipton casserole my mother made and I LOVED. Lipton because Lipton’s Onion Soup, of course.

    Hm. I wonder if I could pass a version of this made with Quorn cutlets off on my fussy vegetarian housemate? She liked kasha made with onion soup broth…

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