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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 2, Thursday

Chicken Breasts with Sherried Mushrooms
Brown Rice with Onions
Broccoli with Garlic Butter

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

          Sherry and mushrooms elevate simple chicken breasts to gourmet level, but still easy enough for a weekday.

Chicken Breasts with Sherried Mushrooms

Total time: 30 minutes
    Mushrooms soak up the flavors they're cooked with, and when simmered with a bit of sherry, they turn simple chicken breasts into an elegant, gourmet dish suitable for guests... or just a delicious mid-week treat.  For a dinner party I would use the cream... Midweek I use the milk or stock - which is what's on the List.  

Chicken Breasts with Sherried Mushrooms Ingredients: 

 Instructions:

Brown Rice with Onions

Total time: 25 minutes      or whatever your package says
    I use 'Uncle Ben's' which is all I can get and it is quick cooking.  It looks like brown Basmati and cooks in 15 minutes.  A bit of fried onion adds sweetness, making the rice a little more interesting than normal.

Brown Rice with Onions Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Broccoli with Garlic Butter  

Total time: 20 minutes 
     A bit of garlic and butter can really bring out the flavor of broccoli and raise it from the mundane to the fantastic!

Broccoli with Garlic Butter Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium skillet with lid, small saucepan with lid,
medium saucepan with steamer basket and lid

Heat oil in medium skillet, add chicken, sauté
Clean, trim, slice mushrooms
Chop onion, sauté
Turn chicken breasts
Add rice to onion, sauté
Mince garlic
Cut broccoli, steam
Add stock to rice, cover, cook.

Remove chicken
Add mushrooms, vinegar to skillet, sauté
Add sherry to mushrooms, stir well
Return chicken to skillet, cover, simmer
Remove broccoli, discard water
Sauté garlic
Sprinkle cheese on chicken, cover to melt
Add broccoli to garlic, sauté
Remove chicken, cover
Add milk to mushrooms, stir, reduce
Finish broccoli
Fluff rice
Spoon mushrooms over chicken, Serve