What is a quick family dinner recipe?

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What is a quick and easy recipe for a family dinner?

You have to feed your family no matter what, but after a long day of work, a part of you just wants to skip this task or just get it done much faster. This quick and easy on-the-stove recipe for a Chicken and Rice Dish is sure to be a hit in your home and takes only about an hour to prepare! This quick family recipe can feed a family of 5.

Let's start with our ingredients. Gather one family-size box of Goya, one green pepper (chopped), one red pepper (chopped), 3 pounds of chicken breast (cut up), salt & pepper (to taste), 1/3 of a cup of Garlic Powder, and 3 and 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.

1. Get the rice started and let it simmer before we begin to prepare anything else. By the time, the rice is done, the other parts of the recipe will be ready to be combned with the rice.

2. Heat the oil in a medium-sized frying pan being sure not to burn it. Once the oil is at about 350 degrees, lightly brown the chicken.

3. After the chicken is browned, add the green pepper and red pepper and saute' for about 5 minutes. The peppers should be somewhat cooked, but not too soft.

4. Add about 2 cups of water to the chicken and peppers along with the garlic powder and salt and pepper. Lower the flame and let this simmer for about 30 minutes to further cook the chicken and to thicken the water into a gravy with the garlic powder.

5. Add the Goya Rice to this mixture and let it simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to ensure even distribution of the rice throughout the gravy.

6. Let sit for about 2 minutes or until it slightly cools down.

7. Serve and Enjoy.

This quick family recipe is very versatile and some of the ingredients can be substituted, making this one recipe into multiple quick and easy recipes for the entire work week. The chicken can be substituted for steak for a different taste. The garlic powder can be substituted for Jamaican curry powder to make a spicy Jamaican dish that the whole family is sure to love.

There are also ways to change this recipe into a much healthier dish because although a quick recipe is nice, a healthy one is even better. The salt can be completely omitted from the recipe for a heart-healthy approach. The Goya Rice can be substituted for brown rice as another healthy approach. The vegetable oil can be substituted for olive oil, which is slightly more expensive, but much healthier.

For those looking for a vegetable companion to this meal, Steamfresh vegetables found in any supermarket come in many different flavors and only take about 6 minutes in the microwave and can be prepared when the main dish is almost done. The creamed spinach or mixed vegetables are both great companions to this recipe.

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