One of the topics that generates the most hits here in Suburbia is the “what to take to a new mother” category. Though, unfortunately, this most recent recipe will be delivered not for celebration, but for comfort after a friend’s loss, it also makes the perfect offering for a new mom, especially one who is fortunate enough to receive lots of meals right in the beginning.
These little packets of chicken and rice can be made ahead and frozen or served immediately. I like to make up enough for a couple of meals to take to families who may need to have something on hand that they can just pull out of the freezer and bake. I usually deliver a package of the frozen microwavable vegetable side dishes and some frozen rolls as well. That way, a whole meal is ready to go with no preparation needed.
Chicken In a Packet
1 cup raw rice for every four packets of chicken
For each packet:
1 teaspoon butter
2 teaspoons dehydrated onion soup mix
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
Freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons cream
Partially cook the rice by halving the amount of water normally used. On a sheet of heavy aluminum foil, layer the ingredients in the above order, beginning with the partially cooked rice. Wrap packet tightly and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Packets can be frozen prior to baking. Each packet serves one.