Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli and Rice

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This easy dinner idea is sure to become your new favorite chicken breast recipe. This is a family-friendly meal idea that can be changed up depending on the ingredients you have in the fridge. With ingredients such as chicken broth, broccoli, rice, cheese and chicken breast this is sure to be a weeknight favorite. For the chicken breasts in this easy dinner idea you can use up the boneless chicken breasts you have in the fridge, or you can use some leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken too. For the full step by step instructions for this easy dinner idea, you'll want to take a look at the Keven & Amanda site.

For this family-friendly meal idea you can cook up a fresh batch of rice, or you can use some leftover rice, either way, will work. Some people get a bit thrown off by cooking rice, but if you follow the package directions, you should be fine. Cooking rice is one of the most basic of kitchen tasks, yet it still throws off even the best cooks. When it comes to cooking the perfect pot of rice, you want the rice to be fluffy, with each grain of rice distinct and not mushy. If your rice doesn't turn out perfect, there are a few tips that you can use to help with this recipe idea. You want to use the right amount of water, use gentle heat, a tight-fitting pot lid, and a resting period after cooking. It is very important not to skip the resting step at the end of cooking rice, as the rice sits off the heat, the moisture in the rice will redistribute itself for a more uniform texture throughout the pot of rice. To start you want to rinse and possibly soak the rice for this easy dinner idea. You can rinse your rice in a few changes of cold water, swished around in the cold water, then drained. There are a couple of reasons for rinsing rice. Some mills that manufacture rice outside of the United States use talc as a milling aid, so this is an important step for imported rice. The rinsing of the rice also helps to remove any loose starch, which will make the rice less sticky. For easy dinner ideas, you can get good results without first soaking the rice. If you are using older rice, you can soak it for about 30 minutes, which will help to make the rice grains less brittle and prone to breakage. Soaking the rice is also traditional for basmati rice, as this step helps the rice to expand to maximum length. Either way, you want to be sure to drain the rice thoroughly, or you will be using more water for cooking than the recipe calls for.

Cooking rice with a simple method of cooking. There are several different methods for cooking rice, but the simplest method is the absorption method. For this cooking method the rice is cooked in a measured amount of water so that when the rice is cooked, all the of the water in the pot has been absorbed. As the water level in the rice pot drops, the trapped steam finishes the rice cooking. The key to this method of cooking rice for your easy dinner ideas is figuring out the correct amount of water to use. As a general rule, you want to use 1.5 to 1.75 cups of water for each cup of long-grain white rice, but you may need to experiment a little with this amount to find the ratio you like best.

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