I think I’ve told you guys this story before but the first time my parents ever trusted me to start dinner before they got home from work, I was making chicken and rice and it was one of those recipes that all cooks in the same dish in the oven. Fail proof, right?
No, I didn’t put water in the rice!
I’m really sensitive when it comes to anything I perceive as a failure so I was absolutely mortified when my dad got home and we realized that I’d messed up.
But you know what, it’s so important for kids to have that experience in the kitchen and to learn from any mistakes made. Research shows that kids who are taught how to cook early on have better eating habits as adults!
Uncle Ben’s has a fun contest happening right now called The Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest and if you have a child from kindergarten to 8th grade, make sure you check it out! It’s all about encouraging kids to cook and teaching them healthy eating habits through cooking!
I made this kid-friendly dish in remembrance of that rice that I didn’t put water in 16 or 17 years ago. It’s just like that dish I was trying to make but with broccoli cheese soup mix and bacon wrapped around the chicken! Not only is this the kind of meal my kids love (they’re weirdly obsessed with broccoli), but my 7 year old is the perfect age to help with it! He was able to mix up the rice AND wrap the bacon around the chicken. I just had to help him put it in and get it out of the oven.
He was so proud of himself for basically making an entire meal for the family!
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Whisk together the broccoli cheese soup, water, and black pepper until almost smooth. Stir in rice. Pour into a 9x13-inch pan that has been sprayed with oil.
- Wrap each chicken breast in a piece of bacon and nestle into the rice, making sure the bacon ends are tucked under the chicken.
- Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender. Serve hot.
Cooking with your children makes for a great beginning! Visit
www.unclebens.com and click on The Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest page to learn more!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Uncle Ben’s. The opinions and text are all mine.