No-Peek Tomato Chicken

This pantry basics dump dinner magically comes together in the oven. The steam trapped inside the baking dish does the cooking — don't lift the foil too soon or it will escape!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray, for the baking dish

1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice 

1 teaspoon dried basil 

1 teaspoon garlic powder 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes (not drained) 

1 1/2 cups creamy tomato soup (canned or boxed) 

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each) 

One 1-ounce package onion soup mix 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine the rice, dried basil, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt (see Cook's Note) and a few grinds pepper in the baking dish. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato soup and stir to evenly disperse.  
  3. Place the chicken breasts on top of the rice mixture side-by-side in a single layer. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Sprinkle the onion soup mixture over the top of the entire dish, concentrating a little more heavily on the chicken (the onions will brown more evenly there and flavor the chicken). 
  4. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake until the chicken and rice are cooked through, about 1 hour and 25 minutes. Let sit, still covered, for 15 minutes to allow the rice to absorb any remaining liquid. Uncover and serve. 

Cook’s Note

The amount of salt in store-bought soup will vary from brand to brand, so feel free to season to taste. We found 1/2 teaspoon worked well in our tests.