There are some dishes that are classic. There are some dishes that the family will eat every single week. There are some dishes that Celiac disease puts a sudden halt to enjoying! But not anymore!
As a busy Mum of two teenagers, there are two questions I am asked daily. 1. (after school) a text saying, “How long do I put xxx in the microwave for?” and 2. What’s for dinner?
This has been a favourite for many years and was made by my Mother. I’ve adapted it to be gluten free as I finally found a “Ritz-like” gluten free cracker that can almost match up to the buttery goodness of the original. (note to self: try to make your own). I usually try to poach several chicken breasts on Sunday and shred them into portions that I will use for recipes in the future. Freeze the chicken in ziplock bags and you have a meal you can throw together in a matter of minutes. You can even prepare the entire dish, but leave off the crackers, and place in the fridge the day before.
1 cup uncooked white or brown rice
4 cooked and shredded chicken breasts
1 carton/can of gluten free condensed mushroom soup (Coles has a powdered mix you can use 2 sachets and add ½ the amount of liquid)
½ cup milk low fat yogurt
Schar gluten free Salti crackers
Low fat margarine (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 180 and spray either a round or rectangular casserole.
Cook rice as per directions on the package. Spread the rice evenly on the bottom of the dish.
Mix the shredded chicken, soup mix, and yogurt in a large bowl and then place on top of the rice. Crumble the Salti crackers on the top. You can melt a bit of butter or margarine to pour over the top (my family like this) but you honestly don’t need it.
Place in the oven in the middle rack and bake until the crackers are golden brown. If you have refrigerated the dish first, it’s fine to warm in the microwave for a few minutes before you put the crackers on top and into the oven.
Serve with veggies or salad and if you make a large dish of this yummy goodness, you may just be lucky enough to get the “How long do I put the Ritz in the microwave?” text after school as well.