Surviving Dinner – Chicken, Broccoli, & Seasoned Rice

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

I’ve seen those commercials – you know the one – where the chef comes home and whips up a romantic dinner for his wife, which includes the microwaveable Ready Rice from Uncle Ben’s.  I’ve been intrigued for awhile and thought a perfect time to try it was as part of a Surviving Dinner meal.  I mean, it’s ready in 90 seconds.  You can’t get much quicker than that! 

Survival Menu:

  • Grilled Chicken
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Seasoned Rice


  • Chicken breast
  • Marinade
  • Broccoli
  • Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice

1.  The night before, cut your chicken breast length-wise into strips (smaller pieces cook faster!) and place in a container with the marinade.

2.  At night for dinner, skewer your chicken (optional) and cook it on the grill.

3.  Steam your broccoli in the microwave if you’ve got the equipment to do so.

4.  Take the chicken off of the grill.  While it’s resting for a few minutes, make your rice.  Here’s all the prep work you need to do:

The verdict on the Ready Rice:  I will be honest and tell you that I felt a little guilty spending $2.50+ for 2 servings of pre-cooked rice.  However, it is SOOOOO simple that it’s a great option if you’re in a real hurry.  And my two-year-old, who I was certain would want NOTHING to do with a wild rice blend, asked for seconds.  And thirds.  I’ll call that a win.

Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.


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