Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills with Risotto Style Rice – a healthy family meal in 20 minutes

Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills with Risotto Style Rice – a healthy family meal in 20 minutes

Cooking a meal that can keep the whole family happy is a minefield, especially when you have two children under four. Every meal time, we run the gauntlet. Will they eat? Will I be covered in food at the end? Obviously, we all want our children to eat healthily. We want them to eat vegetables, good lean protein, fibre – it feels good to know that we are getting something good into them. Unfortunately, you can absolutely guarantee that the meals you spend the most effort on, the ones that you plan carefully to be nutritionally balanced and spend an age making in bulk so that you always have healthy meals in the freezer – those are the ones that are often rejected out of hand. There is nothing quite like the burning sense of injustice a parent feels when the scrape a lovingly prepared meal into the bin. Luckily, this recipe with Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills is just what every stressed out and busy mum needs.

Ingredients for Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills with Risotto Style Rice

Birds Eye Products

Birds Eye products are truly exceptional; they should be every parent’s friend. Not only are all Birds Eye Chicken products made with 100% chicken breast, their chickens are also barn reared, meeting EU regulations. In addition, Birds Eye chicken is packed with protein, which is perfect for a growing family. Birds Eye asked me to devise a healthy family recipe, using one of their delicious products.

I had some guidance to stick to – the meal had to use a Birds Eye chicken product, it had to be suitable for the whole family, prepared and cooked in 20 minutes AND it had to be full of healthy veg. It was no mean feat – but this recipe was a huge hit and both children vacuumed it up – and we enjoyed it too!

You can make this sauce in bulk and freeze it, cutting preparation time even further. Check out our recipe below.

Ingredients for Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills with Risotto Style Rice

Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills with Tomato and Cream Cheese Risotto Style Rice.

Preparation time:

20 minutes

Serves: 

2 adults and 2 children

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 leek

230g basmati rice

1 tbsp. tomato puree

2 low salt chicken stock cubes

1 tin chopped tomatoes

3 Birds Eye chargrill chicken fillets

1 red onion

2 tbsp. cream cheese

Chopped parsley

1 stick of celery

100g Frozen Peas

Grated cheese (optional)

Littlest enjoys her Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills with Risotto Style Rice

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 190 / 170 fan / Gas Mark 5
  2. Next, chop the leek, celery and onion very finely – a food processor is best. This means the veg is hidden in the sauce if you have fussy eaters. Put the chicken in the oven following the instructions on the packet.
  3. Heat the oil in a high sided frying pan or casserole pan and fry the vegetables gently for 5 minutes until soft.
  4. Pour in the tin of tomatoes, add the tomato puree and season to taste.
  5. Reduce for up to 15 minutes on a medium heat until it has the consistency of a pasta-style sauce- it should take a few seconds to refill a channel scraped across the bottom of the pan by a spatula. (NOTE: you can make this sauce in bulk and freeze, making the overall meal even more convenient)
  6. Meanwhile, rinse the basmati rice thoroughly under the cold tap in a sieve and boil a large pan of water. Add stock cubes to the pan and allow to dissolve- you can use low salt varieties if you want. (You could add frozen peas to the rice to add another veg here.)
  7. Add the rinsed rice to the pan and boil for about 10 minutes. Drain with the sieve and return to the pan.
  8. Add the reduced tomato mixture to the rice and add the cream cheese. Stir well over a very low heat until well combined. You are seeking a creamy, risotto-like consistency
  9. Next, remove the chicken chargrills from the oven and slice in to succulent, bite size pieces.
  10. Spoon the rice dish on to warmed plates, liberally scatter the chopped parsley and arrange your chicken pieces artfully on the top. Finally, if you are feeling lavish, you could grate cheese on to finish.

Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills with Risotto Style Rice

A recipe for the whole family to enjoy

And there you have it – a balanced, nutritious meal that is easy to prepare and that the whole family can enjoy: a definite parenting win. Look out for more recipes for brilliant family meals using Birds Eye chicken products, as other parenting bloggers have devised recipes too.

They are all guaranteed to be nutritious, easy-to-prepare and made with Birds Eye products which are made with 100% chicken breasts.

Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills with Risotto Style Rice

Please note, this post is in collaboration with Birds Eye.


For other recipes, you may like to take a look at:

Chicken and Artichoke Bake with Cypriot New Potatoes

and

Amaretto and Mascarpone Brownies

39 Comments

    • Someone's Mum
      2nd May 2017 / 10:40 am

      It is really tasty and so quick to make! Thank so much for stopping by to comment 🙂

    • Someone's Mum
      3rd May 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Thank you. It is certainly hard to please everyone with two small people. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Someone's Mum
      3rd May 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Thank you! it is really yummy and convenient 🙂

    • Someone's Mum
      3rd May 2017 / 2:03 pm

      It is so easy – especially if you make the sauce in bulk and freeze. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  1. 2nd May 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I love how quick and simple it is to make. The fact that the risotto is healthy and contains protein is an absolute bonus!

    • Someone's Mum
      3rd May 2017 / 2:01 pm

      It is really handy to have something with a lot of veg in that is so convenient 🙂

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 11:08 am

      Thank you very much.

  2. 3rd May 2017 / 8:44 pm

    This looks delicious and so easy to make. We always cook our meals from scratch. I think the food we eat definitely affect our mood and energy levels.

  3. 4th May 2017 / 8:30 am

    I am totally with you on the minefield that is toddler meals! I don’t actually eat meat, but B does. I will certainly give this one a try as it’s one that we probably have all the ingredients for or can pick up really easily. Fab!
    Kat x

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 11:10 am

      Thank you – it is a good idea for veggie parents with kids who eat meat as so easy to just add the meat for them. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment x

  4. 5th May 2017 / 11:22 am

    This looks absolutely yummy and such a quick meal to make too,. perfect for those with busy families and looking for a healthy meal.

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 11:11 am

      Thank you. It should be a great balance of nutritious and convenient x

  5. 5th May 2017 / 12:49 pm

    I do love Bird’s eye foods as they are always healthy and nutritious. Your recipe seems to have won favours with your family

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 11:13 am

      We a big Birds Eye fans here too. Have you tried their pancakes? So gorgeous for a treat! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  6. Tracy Nixon
    5th May 2017 / 1:53 pm

    great recipe thanks – so much better than shop bought !

  7. Tracy Nixon
    5th May 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Your baby won’t be in the mood for food if they’re sleepy so choose a time of day when they’re awake and alert, but not distracted. And make sure you’ve got plenty of time too as you don’t want to rush!

  8. Anthony Harrington
    5th May 2017 / 8:14 pm

    good ideas, 20 mins is a perfect time for creating a meal

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 11:16 am

      Thank you! It can be so difficult to cook with two small people under my feet so 20 minutes prep does make things easier 🙂

  9. 6th May 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Yummy! What a great recipe and so quick!

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 11:14 am

      Thanks ever so much!

  10. 6th May 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Absolutely love this and will be trying it ! So quick and healthy xx

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 11:04 am

      I hope you like it! x

  11. 6th May 2017 / 4:52 pm

    RISotto in 20 ins is just showing off! This looks delicious! I tend to steer clear of “ready made” meats as I worry about the salt content, but these look great!

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 11:01 am

      Haha! That is why it is ‘risotto-style’… it is not made like actual risotto…my husband does great recipes for that and it could not be done in 20 minutes! This is a pretty great balance of healthy and convenient. Thanks for stopping by to comment. x

  12. 6th May 2017 / 6:49 pm

    My kids love Birds Eye chicken grills. Am inspired with your receipe as mine only ever have it with chips or in wraps with salad.

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 10:52 am

      I think mine actually prefer this rice recipe to chips! I hope you try it and they like it 🙂

  13. 6th May 2017 / 10:41 pm

    Yum! I’ve actually never tried these but I’m always after easy meals and by easy I don’t mean throw in the microwave! I like to do some prep so I know there are fresh healthy ingredients too. Thank you! Will give it a try.

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 10:59 am

      This is perfect as it has enough prep to know it is full of good stuff but still quick enough to be convenient. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment x

  14. Carol Thomas
    6th May 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Ill be sharing these recipes with our daughter in law who is expecting our 2nd Grandchild and our eldest son and hers first baby in August! Thank you

    • Someone's Mum
      8th May 2017 / 10:58 am

      Thank you. I hope she finds it useful! x

  15. JUDITH LUSCOMBE
    9th May 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Delicious recipes kiddies will love them, such tasty healthy ingredients

  16. Kim W
    10th May 2017 / 10:04 pm

    That looks really nice, I wouldn’t mind that myself.

  17. 16th May 2017 / 7:51 pm

    This looks really healthy ! I am on a healthy eating plan and thinking if I left the cream cheese out I could use very low fat or even cottage cheese for something different. Thanks for sharing it.

  18. Susan B
    19th May 2017 / 10:22 am

    Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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