Chicken Broccoli Rice – A $10 Microwave Meal

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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A few weeks ago we spent the weekend in New York City. We had a terrific suite at the Residence Inn in Times Square. The suite had a microwave. After having one fiasco, spending just under $100 on a meal in a national chain restaurant that would have cost like $30 at home, I decided we needed to save some money and make use of the kitchen in the suite. The meal cost under $10 to make and took less than 30 minutes to prepare, and was made using only a microwave. The ingredients are all items that I found right in a nearby convenience store. The meal was tasty and filling and so much cheaper then eating out in a restaurant. Here’s how I made it.

Chicken Broccoli Rice microwave meal

Chicken Broccoli Rice


  • 2x 6.9 oz boxes Chicken Rice-A-Roni
  • 1x 8oz package Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips
  • 1x 12 oz steamable broccoli
  • shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


Cook the Rice-A-Roni according to microwave directions on the box, which is about 18 minutes.

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.

Cook the broccoli according to the instructions on the bag, which is about 5 minutes.

Add the broccoli to the bowl of rice and stir well.

Add the chicken into the bowl of rice and stir well.

Chicken Broccoli Rice microwave meal Chicken Broccoli Rice microwave meal

Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of the dish (or mix into the whole bowl) if you like cheese.

Serve immediately with salt and pepper to taste.

What’s your go-to meal or recipe when you have no oven or stove to use?


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JDaniel4's Mom December 18, 2014 - 9:09 am

This looks yummy! I am going to pin it to try later!

CrazyMom a/k/a Melanie December 21, 2014 - 8:12 pm

YUMMM.. I love this, Broccoli & Rice is my favorite, so gonna pin it. It’s simple and affordable.. thanks for sharing

Alena Belleque (The Homemade Creative) December 21, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Yum! I’ve made this many times, though I’ve always cooked my own chicken (that’s a clever time saver, buying the precooked/grilled variety). My current favorite for a quick and easy meal like this is couscous with a can of Rotel tomatoes and green chilis. Fantastic just like that, or you can add black beans, cheese, or whatever else you like. I don’t eat corn, but I’ve heard that’s good in there, too. You can eat it plain, make burritos, or use it as filler for enchiladas or Mexican casserole.

Ladena December 21, 2014 - 8:31 pm

$100 on a regular meal! Yikes! I think what you made in your suite is a way better idea. It looks great too! Thanks for sharing this easy recipe.

Jenn @ The Rebel Chick December 21, 2014 - 8:49 pm

I love the convenience of the precooked chicken you can purchase at the store. There are so many ways to use it to make delicious and healthy meals. Your recipe looks great!

Stacey- Travel Blogger December 21, 2014 - 10:57 pm

This looks delicious! I love easy and inexpensive meals!

Tammilee Tips December 21, 2014 - 11:00 pm

What a great idea! I hate how much eating out while traveling costs it adds up way to fast. I am going it have to remember this for next time.


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