Sometimes, we get busy or tired, and we have to cook anyway. That is just the way life is. Especially nowadays, both parents work or there is a one parent home. People need plans to make their lives easier. As for me, my kids are grown, but even I have days that are extra busy, but I still want to cook dinner. I really don’t like to make a big mess in the kitchen and then have to clean it all up. I have been making a meal occasionally that my family really loves, and it is very easy to make and very few dishes. I invented it when we found mushroom soup in the store. We can’t always find things like that in the store here, but when it is in the store, my daughter sees it and loads up saying, “We really like the mushroom sauce you make with this.” No one thinks about how easy it is. They only think about how good it tastes, and it makes my life a little easier. Here is what I do:
The ingredients: boneless chicken breasts, frozen broccoli (If you don’t like broccoli, you can use a different kind of vegetable.), small potatoes, cooking oil, and a can of mushroom soup.
I begin by setting the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the oven is heating, I get out a large baking pan. I rub cooking oil on the bottom to make sure nothing sticks. I place the chicken breasts in the middle of the pan.
After that, I wash several small potatoes. In Korea, the potatoes we buy are usually small, so it isn’t hard to find small ones. If you live where you can get bigger potatoes and have bigger potatoes, you will have to not only wash your potatoes, but cut them up a bit too. Next, I prick all the potatoes with a fork and rub cooking oil on the outside of them. I place them around the chicken breasts.
Next, we are lucky because lately, we have been finding frozen broccoli. If you like some other vegetable, it will probably work too. Today, I didn’t realize my broccoli was almost gone, but I like to put the frozen broccoli around between the potatoes.
Next, I open the can of mushroom soup and spread it all over the chicken. As the chicken cooks, the chicken makes chicken drippings, and the drippings mix with the mushroom soup to make a wonderful sauce.
I cover it all with tinfoil and it in the oven for about an hour. If your chicken is still a little frozen, it will take a little longer, and be sure to check your potatoes with a fork when you think it is time to take them out. If the fork goes into the potatoes easily, they are done. Usually, everything is done at the same time, but if the potatoes aren’t quite done, but everything else seems done, you can hurry them up by putting them in a microwave for a few minutes or put the whole thing back in the oven for a while. The longer the chicken cooks, the more tender it becomes. The longer the potatoes cook, the softer they become. The broccoli never has any trouble getting done. I just leave it all in the oven until it is all done.
When you have cooked everything long enough, take it out of the oven, and you have a wonderful meal to serve to your family. They will love it. Mine does! You can remove the potatoes and melt butter in them and use them like baked potatoes if you want, or just put them on your plate and put some of the chicken/mushroom sauce on them on your plate. They are delicious like that just like the chicken and broccoli are delicious in the chicken/mushroom sauce.