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Cranberry Chicken Rice & Our 4th Year

On a trip to the Olympic Mountains in November 2004 I sat alongside a raging river – on a very cold afternoon to have lunch. I had dreamed up the idea and made this recipe for the first time:

Cranberry Chicken Rice
In a quart freezer bag:
1 cup instant rice
2 Tbsp dried veggie flakes or freeze-dried mixed vegetables
3 Tbsp dried cranberries
1 tsp low sodium chicken bouillon
1 tsp Parsley
1 tsp diced dried onion
1/2 tsp granulated garlic

Also take a 3 to 5-ounce can of chicken

Add the chicken with broth and 1 1/4 cups near boiling water. Stir well, seal tightly and put into a
cozy for 15 minutes. Fluff up and salt to taste, if desired.

Serves 1.

There was a reason it became the flagship recipe for Freezer Bag Cooking. It was easy, quick to pack, filled you up and tasted good. It also signified something else – only a few days later we took freezerbagcooking.com live. It was over Thanksgiving Weekend in 2004. It has been a great 4 years – from some of the first recipes have come 100’s more each year. The book, the cozy all came out of that one lunch all those years ago.

Today I made a modified version of that meal. The broth concentrate I mention in the video I find at Trader Joe’s. PackitGourmet carries a similar version, though a bit saltier. You can always use low sodium bouillon as well – 1 tsp will work fine.

Cranberry Chicken Rice Part 2

In a quart freezer bag:

1 cup instant rice

1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries

1/4 cup freeze-dried vegetable mix

1 tsp diced dried onions

1 tsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp diced dried garlic

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Also take:

1 4-ounce pouch Garlic & Herb chicken breast

1 packet or 1 Tbsp olive oil

1-2 Tbsp shelf stable Parmesan cheese

1 tube lower sodium chicken stock concentrate

Add the chicken with broth, oil and concentrate to the bag along with 1 1/4 cups near boiling water. Stir well, seal tightly and put in a cozy for 15 minutes. Fluff up and stir in cheese.

Serves 1 large appetite, 2 if other items are included.

Insulated mug method:

Follow above directions, adding everything to your mug, Stir well, cover tightly and let sit for 15 minutes. Proceed as above.

One pot method:

In your pot combine the oil, chicken with broth, concentrate and 1 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil, add in dry ingredients. Stir well, turn off heat. Cover tightly and let sit for 15 minutes. If in cold weather, put your pot in a pot cozy. Fluff up and stir in cheese.

And a video for you to watch:

~Sarah

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