Jan 2, 2017

Red Copper Cooking: Uncle Ben's Rice with Chicken, Veggies and Lemon

Do you have the Red Copper pan? I just got one as a Christmas gift and thought I'd share with you the first meal I made. I'm not one to watch infomercials, but for some reason this one caught my eye. 

The pan came with a few recipes ideas, which inspired me to create my own meal using the veggies I already had; including that standby box of Uncle Ben's wild rice sitting in the cupboard. 

If you haven't already seen this on T.V. with spokesperson, Cathy Mitchell, whipping up and demonstrating easy one-pan meals, here's what it looks like. I love making meals that can be made using only one pan!

Have you seen this one? It claims that it's "the only pan you'll ever need!" I don't think I'm ready to ditch all my sauce pans and smaller fry pans, but I'm willing to bring this one into the pan family and see what we can do with it.

So, let's get started, it's time to whip up my own one-pan creation with the Red Copper pan!

The ingredients include:

  • 4 chicken breasts seasoned with poultry seasoning, salt & pepper
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 5-6 large carrots peeled, cut crosswise and sliced in half
  • 1 cup of fresh sugar snap pea pods
  • 1 leek sliced (or onion)
  • 1 box Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the chicken in thick slices and then melt the butter in the pan over med-high heat. Place chicken in pan and brown in the melted butter.

Once chicken is browned, remove and set aside. Add the water, Uncle Ben's rice and its seasoning packet to pan. Then place veggies on top of the rice mixture, along with browned chicken.  Squeeze the half of lemon over all ingredients, cover and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes.

Cook until the water is absorbed and carrots are tender. The chicken stays nice and moist.  

I loved the light citrus flavor of the lemon...it wasn't too overpowering. 

There you go, so easy, simple and flavorful!

This is a great week night meal that can be prepared simply and put in your own ovenproof pan.  Serve it up with warm rolls to your family for a great wholesome dinner.

I'll keep giving this pan a test run and will be sure to share my ideas when I come up with them.

If you have any great one pan recipe links you want to share with me, please leave in the comments below - I'd love to try them! 

If I use your idea, I'll be sure to give you a shout out and honorable mention.

"Cooking well doesn't mean cooking fancy" ~Julia Child

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  1. I keep seeing the commercial for this pan and so want to buy it. Let me know what you think of it. Chicken marsala would be awesome in this pan.

    1. Margie, I like how deep the pan is and it washes up real nice. Chicken Marsala is a great idea! I'll put that on my to do recipe list. Stay tuned. Thanks!!

  2. I don't watch infomercials either but I have to admit that the one for this pan has caught my attention more than once. Great, easy recipe.

  3. Easy recipe and looks great! My question is couldn't it be done in any pan??

    1. Haralee, I love easy and, yet, trying to keep it healthy. Yes, I mentioned briefly that any skillet or ovenproof pan would work. But, since it's new, I was excited to give it a try. I do like that it's multifunctional and liked the depth of the pan.

  4. i've got a different brand of wild rice mix in my pantry. Going to try your recipe with it--and with chicken thighs. should work, right? can't lose trying.

    1. Absolutely, your options will do great, as well. Hope you enjoy.

  5. Wow, this is great - better than a crock pot meal!

    1. Antionette, I do love my crock pot, but sometimes I don't plan ahead in time to prepare something for supper. Which, is why I love one pan cooking for easy preparation after work.

  6. I made this for dinner tonight. Yummy! And so easy. Thanks for a great recipe! Techlazy.com

    1. Awesome Sonia! Love that you took the time to comment. Thank you.


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