Emeril’s Essence Chicken

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 23, 2010

A quick “Chicken and Rice” dinner. But it didn’t seem like a chicken and rice dinner. Simple, yet TASTY!

I might have a new “weekend” favorite with this one.  I try to keep our meals simple on the weekend, spaghetti, tacos, and now this…I’ll save my cooking and blogging energy for the week days!

I marinated this chicken in some canola oil and Emeril’s Essence seasonings. Then froze.

Then thawed. Then baked.


BAM!!!!! (Said with all of Emeril’s gusto!)

1.4 lb. chicken breast ($2.35) On sale for $1.68/lb!!!
3 Tbsp canola oil ($.10)
2 Tbsp Emeril’s Essence seasoning ($.50) A homemade version, if you’re interested :)
1 cup brown rice ($.40)
1 bag Steamers peas ($.67) There are coupons out for these all the time.

1. Marinate the chicken breast in the canola oil and seasonings for at least 30 minutes, in the fridge. Or longer. Ideally.
2. Bake the chicken in a glass baking dish at 350 for 45-55 minutes, or until the chicken has cooked through.
3. Cook brown rice as directed on bag. Raw brown rice takes 50 minutes to cook. Plan accordingly.
4. Cook the peas as directed on the package.
4. Serve Emeril’s Essence Chicken with Brown Rice and Peas.

Cost $4.02

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Sarah Lenhart March 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I love Emeril’s Essence! It’s one of only two spice blends I like to use. :)


Carissa March 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Very interesting. I would never have thought to marinate them and then freeze. I’ll have to pick up some of Emeril’s Essence. Looks delicious!


Toni March 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

This looks so good, I’ll have to try them.

Thanks for the tip of putting the marinade in before freezing! I’m going to start doing this.


Shannon March 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

So it might be possible to get this dish cheaper if you use less expensive chicken(I sometimes get chicken quarters or thighs for under $1lb) and homemade spice mix.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom March 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm


Absolutely! I’ve been stocking up on chicken breast lately because the sale prices have been so low. Any cut of chicken would work!


Becky L. March 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Sounds yummy! And my daughter made shrimp scampi from your latest cookbook for dinner tonight. She said it was at least if not better than Olive Garden quality. She forgot to add the onions but put in mushrooms and no EVOO but Loved it! 2 thumbs up and my hubby will have it tomorrow night! There’s some leftovers too, want some? :00


Kelly Lininger March 24, 2010 at 1:01 am

I’m going to try this – thanks..

Love to you


Laura Cushman March 24, 2010 at 8:14 am

Yummmm, printed and making this weekend. Thanks for the link for the Emeril seasoning too!


Nancy Gray March 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

I love the lentil dish! But even more, I love the idea of eating it over salad. What a great idea! Thank you soooo much!
And thank you for doing this–I love the cookbook!


Amanda March 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Very simple chicken recipe, we might have to try this, I think we have some of Emeril’s seasoning in our cabinet, thanks! Go here to get a $1 off coupon: http://www.bestemeril.com/index.asp


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