Every once and a while you gotta cook for a lot of people. It SUCKS. And everyone hates taking on the challenge of feeding large groups of people because it usually requires tons of time and labor to make a decent meal. It also usally involves spending hours in the kitchen while every one else is mingling and partying. It doesn’t always have to go down that way! Today I got the chance to work with the live-in chef of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Mr. Doble, where he shared with me a simple and moderately less time consuming meal to make for a group of 25+ people. The first step involves planning out your dish. Because we are making it for lots, we decided to make a dish that can be made in bulk, so that we can fully prepare and cook it within a reasonable time.
One of Dobes’ favorite dishes to make that can easily be adapted to feed a large group is a Chicken and Broccoli in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce dish. The ingredients that who will need include:
Approximately 1 Chicken Breast per person
Fresh Chopped Broccoli
Canned Cream of Mushroom sauce
Step 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using the large pan you will cook it all in, place enough butter on it to coat the whole bottom then allow it to melt in the oven as it is preheating.
Step 2. Place chicken breasts on pan and fully coat with melted butter, then allow to cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
Step 3. In a pot, bring the cream of mushroom sauce up to a boil. While this is cooking add desired amount of minced garlic and salt and pepper. (To Taste)
Step 4. In a separate pot, add rice and water and bring up to a boil allowing the rice to fully cook. Again add salt to taste.
Step 5. Once the chicken breasts are done cooking, remove pan and place the chicken aside. Then empty the pan of all the fat and dripping from the chicken. Place chicken breasts back in pan and add the cooked broccoli.
Step 6. Once the cream of mushroom has been heated up, simply drizzle and spread it on the chicken and broccoli combo.
This dish is very simple and takes less than an 45 mins to make if you have the space in the oven. This dish by itself is a delicious and somewhat healthier meal that you can make after a long day. The beauty of it though, is that it can easily be prepared for large masses of people! Try it out by your self and keep it in mind next party, event, or pow wow you need to cater for!