Winter is here and it’s the perfect time to binge on good food and enjoy the cold weather. But no one likes spending time in the kitchen peeling, cooking, and chopping. So, sit back because we bring you easy dinner recipes that are hearty, delicious, and don’t require too much effort. And remember to make a big batch because having leftovers for lunch will save you from the effort of cooking the next day.
1. Chicken Wild Rice Casserole
5 stalks celery
1 cup wild rice
3 cups chicken broth
500 grams chicken breast (cut into small pieces)
10 tbsp butter (divided)
Salt, to taste
4 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
3–4 cups cubed bread (dry, sturdy, or day-old bread)
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees, chop the onion, carrots, celery, and place them in a large baking dish. To this, add the wild rice and broth and cover them neatly with foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. When the rice is almost done, melt four tbsp of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. To this, add the flour and salt, and cook for one minute. Then slowly add the milk whisking continuously to form a thick, creamy sauce without any lumps.
You can melt the remaining butter and mix it with the bread crumbs. When the rice is done, remove the foil, add raw chicken and creamy sauce, and stir to combine. Arrange the bread in a layer on top. Then turn the heat up to 450 and bake uncovered for another 20-30 minutes until chicken is no longer pink and the bread cubes have turned golden brown. Lastly top it with salt, pepper, and/or parsley for a pop of green colour and fresh taste. Serve warm and enjoy this easy and hearty dinner recipe.