Do you like cooking at home, creating tasty dishes and desserts for your family? Or do you prefer the convenience of eating out or maybe picking up a quick take out? Where does your preference lie? 10 years ago I would have readily told you that I preferred to eat out. Quick, easy, variety, relaxing. No planning, no shopping, no prep and no clean up. How could I not be drawn to that?
That preference lasted until 2007 when our kitchen went through a major remodel. I wanted walls torn down which resulted in the new joists added to the exiting ones in the attic and the floors torn out all the way down to the floor beams. For two and half months our kitchen was blocked off by sheets of plastic resulting in Walt and I eating out each and every day, including lunches.
The first few weeks it was an adventure. It wasn’t like we weren’t creative about the process. Walt and I wrote the names of about twenty restaurants on little strips of paper and placed them in a box. We included all types of cuisine and each morning one of us would pick one out and that’s were we would have dinner.
Once through the twenty or so names in the box we became less enchanted with our adventure. By the two month mark even Joshua who was four years old at the time and was with during the weekends said “Grandma, I’m tired of eating out, when can we eat at home?” Joshua missed his “Grandma’s Sunday Big Breakfast.”
But it didn’t last forever and once the plastic was torn down and we had access to our pretty new kitchen filled with beautiful new cabinets and counter tops, new top of the line appliances were in place and a lot more counter space than I had previously had before. It didn’t take long before for the chopping, blending, mixing, baking, frying and simmering began.
Today we do eat out, at least once a week sometimes twice a week. But, if the truth be told, we really do prefer our own home cooked meals that’s why we’re always looking through cookbooks, reading blogs and surfing recipe sites looking for new ideas. It’s also why we’re not afraid to throw together, things we like with things we want to try just to see where our little experiment takes us.
That’s how Easy Nacho Chicken came to be. A few weeks ago I had defrosted chicken breasts thinking that I would throw them on the grill when I came home from work but the temperature that day reached into the mid 90’s, heavy humidity hanging in the air. The thought of standing over a grill in the heat and humidity just wasn’t appealing. Something quickly thrown together in my nice air conditioned kitchen was much more appealing.
Going through the cupboards, I found two cans of Campbell’s Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup and of course rice (I always have rice). Going through the refrigerator I found green onions just begging to be used and sour cream. Since I already knew the Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup had a nice little kick to it and that I wouldn’t have to add any spices I had absolutely no doubt that I could put together a tasty dish without much effort and it would be ready in a matter of minutes.
So, if you’re looking for a dish with few ingredients and with just a little bit of a kick try this one. It won’t disappoint.
EASY NACHO CHICKEN
What You’ll Need:
1.5 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breast cut into cubes
2 cans Campbell’s Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup
1 soup can of water (more or less to desired thickness/thinness of sauce)
3 green onions cleaned and chopped
Cooked white rice (I usually make 1.5 cups dry to 3 cups water)
- In a large skillet, brown chicken breasts in oil – drain grease
- Return chicken to pan – add both cans of soup
- Add 1 can of water
- Stir to mix
- Cook about 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through
- Pour over white rice
- Garnish with green onions and sour cream