Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Favorite New Chicken Dish of 2012 was FAIR OAKS CHICKEN - with sauteed mushrooms, rice, and cheese!

2 cups uncooked brown rice (not minute rice)
2 cups shredded cheese, divided (I used a mixture of white cheeses – Provolone, Asiago, Parmesan, etc)
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
1 can (10.5 ounce) cream of chicken soup
1 can (10.5 ounce) cream of onion soup (or celery or mushroom)
1/2 cup half and half
1 teaspoon ground sage
2 teaspoons ground thyme
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup onion, chopped and sautéed
3 cups water with chicken bouillon (or chicken broth)
2 small containers fresh mushrooms, sliced
8 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons oil

8 - 12 pieces of chicken, skinless and boneless,(I mix thighs and tenders)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 casserole with cooking spray. Melt 4 tablespoons butter and mix with soups, sautéed onion, half and half, and spices; set aside. Layer rice, salt and pepper to taste; then 1 cup cheese in casserole. Sauté mushrooms in 4 tablespoons butter and oil in a hot skillet or sauté pan until golden brown; place all but 1 cup of sautéed mushrooms on top of rice and cheese. Salt and pepper chicken pieces and place on top of mushrooms. Dob soup mixture over the chicken and rice. Pour water on top. Bake uncovered for 2 hours, checking water after 1 hour. (If water is absorbed before chicken and rice are completely cooked, you can add an additional 1/2 cup to keep moist) Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining mushrooms and cheese; return to oven to allow to melt.
NOTE: Occasionally I will add 4 or 5 pieces of chopped bacon which has been cooked until just before it gets really crisp. Add bacon with cheese on top of the rice.


Lita said...

This will be the hit of a potluck dinner on Sunday. Thanks for reminding me of this great recipe.

Geradine said...

Oh my gosh, chicken, mushrooms and cheese??? Three ingredients I propably like the most of all combined in one meal? wow!

Elle said...

I've never seen Cream of Onion in the store. What do you suggest as a substitute?

Libby Murphy said...

Soup could be Cream of Chicken, Mushroom, Celery - what ever you like.