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Sometimes it seems like there are not enough hours in a day to get everything done that needs to be done. That is when I really appreciate Campbell’s Supper Bakes packaged meals. These are similar to the Hamburger Helper meals, but are made by Campbell’s instead of Betty Crocker.
Campbell’s Supper Bakes retail for $3.77, but Fred Meyer had them in their clearance bin, marked down to only $1.89. I picked up three different flavors, two containing rice and one containing noodles.
A few days ago I prepared Campbell’s Supper Bakes Herb Chicken, and the outcome was quite impressive for a quick meal. The box states that the meal can be prepared in 5 minutes, and that it contains a can of Campbell’s baking sauce, long grain rice, crumb topping and a seasoning packet. The only thing I needed to add was 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of uncooked skinless chicken breasts.
Campbell’s Supper Bakes Herb Chicken can be cooked in the oven or on the stove top, I chose the oven method. To cook this dinner I mixed the seasoning and rice in a 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Then I placed the chicken on top of the rice, sprinkled the crumb topping over the chicken, and baked it in a preheated 375 degree oven until it was done (the directions say 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through).
If Campbell’s Supper Bakes Herb Chicken is prepared in a skillet, it can be cooked in slightly less time. Although this called for boneless chicken breasts, I prefer dark meat and substituted chicken thighs.
The meal was very easy to make, and the can of baking sauce tasted like a can of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup. The crumb topping gave the meal a nice crispy crunch, with great tasting flavor. In order to have my chicken cooked completely, I had to bake the meal for an additional 15 minutes, but this may be because the chicken was not boneless.
The long grain rice was done to perfection, with just the right amount of chicken flavored sauce to complement both the chicken thighs and the cooked rice. The back of the box suggests some variations, such as adding sliced almonds and Dijon-style mustard for a Dijon Crunch, or adding cheddar cheese and broccoli for a Cheese Broccoli dish.
If you are in a hurry and don’t have chicken on hand, you can also substitute 2 cans of chunk chicken breast, boneless pork chops, or bone in pork chops. This is a very versatile dinner mix!
The Campbell’s Supper Bakes Herb Chicken serves seven people, each serving carrying 260 calories and 3.5 grams of fat (as prepared). Saturated fat is low with only one gram, and there are zero trans fats. It also contains a generous 23 grams of protein.
To conclude, both my husband and I were very pleased with the taste and quality of Campbell’s Supper Bakes Herb Chicken. I love how fast and easy it was to prepare, and it certainly does not taste like it came from a box.
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