Apple Cider & Squash Chicken and Rice One-Pan Dinner

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My two boys, who are almost 5 and 2 1/2 LOVE to cook.   I think it’s because I am always cooking, and kids love to play pretend anything.   My boys are always playing restaurant, and instead of making things like pretend pizza, they pretend make casserole with vegetables.  I especially love it when they take pictures of their food too!

My boys also love helping out in the kitchen.   At their ages, there is actually a lot they can help with.  They love cutting soft vegetables and fruit with a plastic butter knives, they love helping me measure ingredients, plus they love “taste testing” different herbs and spices from the pantry as we cook together.



Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice  began with a simple ambition.   To get kids to cook.  It is easy for kids to cook with Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice- because all you need to do is microwave it for 90 seconds, and then add your own flavors.   Rice is a simple canvas for home cooks to get creative with.

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This Apple Cider and Butternut Squash Chicken and Rice Meal was super easy to make!   Not only did I get help from my little guys, but I used ingredients that are really easy to cook with.   I got the idea to add apple cider to a savory dish from my sister-in-law when she cooked quinoa in it last year.

Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice is already cooked after you steam it in the microwave.  The addition of the apple cider, along with some chicken broth resulted in some really creamy and flavorful rice!

Apple Cider & Squash Chicken and Rice One-Pan Dinner  ( Serves 6)


2 containers of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice- wild rice variety.

1 lb of boneless-skinless chicken breasts- cut into small pieces

1/2 small onion- chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove of garlic- minced

1/2 teaspoon of Chinese 5 Spice

1 teaspoon of thyme

3/4 cup of chicken broth

3/4 cup of Apple Cider

4 cups of fresh spinach- chopped

2 10 ounce bags of great value frozen steam fresh butternut squash

Method: In a skillet pan, sautee onion and garlic in the olive oil. Sautee until onions are transparent.    Add chicken pieces and Chinese 5 Spice.  and 1/4 cup of apple cider.  Cook until the chicken pieces are cooked through.   Add steamed butternut squash, two packages of Uncle Ben’s Ready- Wild Rice, chicken broth, the rest of the apple cider, thyme and chopped spinach.  cook all the food together on low until the liquid has evaporated a bit, and until the vegetables blend in with the mixture.  Remove from heat and serve.

I found this rice in the rice and boxed dinner aisle at Wal-mart.   It was really easy to find.


This dinner was super easy!  Uncle Ben’s ready rice was really easy to cook with, and a great base for kitchen creativity!

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