Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday

So today’s edition of WFMW is a themed edition about what DOESN’T work for me. Well, what doesn’t work for me is Campbell’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole. You know the recipe I’m talking about. It is in every family magazine I get, and they also have that cheesy (pardon the pun) song on their commercials. They make it sound so simple in the recipe, and maybe I’m just not very good in the kitchen, but this was a royal disaster the one and only time I tried to make it.

The recipe clearly states that you are to use “UNCOOKED regular long-grain white rice.” You add all these other simple ingredients and then it says to cook covered for 50 minutes or until chicken and rice are done. Well, my rice never got done. I think I finally pulled it out of the oven after 1 hour and 15 minutes and gave up. We went out to eat that night. The rice wasn't even close to being done. My sister even tried cooking the recipe and the same thing happened to her. For the love!!! I checked out the reviews on the Campbell’s website for this recipe and either we are the only 2 people that this has happened to, or Campbell’s is only allowing positive reviews of this recipe to go online. If I’m missing something, please clue me in, but for me, this recipe definitely isn't working.

5 random thoughts:

Llama Momma said...

I have had this exact same problem!! Maybe someone will have insight on this...I'll check back! :-)

McCrory Family said...

I had the same problem with the casserole. When I finally got the rice done, the chicken was dry and the whole thing was just bland - YUCK! I used www.scrapblog.com to make our header. When you are done making yours, let me know and I'll tell you how to export it and save it as a JPEG (if you can't figure it out b/c it is kind of weird).

Stephanie said...

You are not alone! I used to make this casserole, and the rice either ended up being over- or under-done. So I modified the recipe by making the rice in one pot (the regular way), and then cutting up the chicken, sauteing it, and then adding the cream of whatever soup. Then I serve the chicken and sauce over the (perfectly cooked) rice. Alternately, I nix the rice and serve over mashed potatoes.

Miranda said...

Okay, I've had this happen to me in several recipes...so my advice is the trick I learned: either cook the rice halfway and THEN use it, or cook it totally and then just worry about getting the chicken done.

I don't honestly think you can OVERCOOK rice, plus you'll have all the juices/sauce from the chicken to keep it moist.

The Canada's said...

I almost made this last week. Glad I didn't now! Your post has probably saved me from wasting a meal!

-Lindsey

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