I also like a deadline because it forces me to plan out our meals. If I know what I'm cooking for dinner, I don't get to mid-afternoon and distract myself with thawing and recipe finding. I just grab and go. One of my favorite dishes to cook on deadline is my No Peek Chicken - it's super simple to prep and once it's cooking I can zone into my manuscript or whatever else I'm doing that day while the oven does all the heavy lifting!. Here's the recipe:
Kristina's Favorite No-Peek Chicken
2-3 lbs of chicken, uncooked (thighs, legs, breasts, wings - you choose what type!)
1 Family size can Cream of Chicken Soup
2 boxes Chicken flavored rice
1-1.5 cups of water
Paprika, Salt, Pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, stir together 1 Family size can of Cream of Chicken Soup with 2 boxes of chicken flavored rice. Add 1.5 cups of water. Sprinkle the seasoning packet from the rice over this mixture and then stir that in as well. Once mixed together, spoon the rice into a 13x9 inch pan. Remove the chicken pieces from their packaging and rinse under cool water. Place in 2 rows on top of the rice and sprinkle the paprika, salt and pepper over the chicken. Cover the dish with tin foil and put into the oven. Cook for 1 hour and then check the rice - if it feels dry add a half cup of water to it so the rice doesn't get crusty. Re-cover and cook for another hour. Serve!