Pack your children’s lunchboxes with tasty Barbecue Chicken and Veggie Rice Bowls that will keep their bellies happy and full. This quick and easy recipe is a family favorite.
Truth is that usually, I put a lot of thought into the lunches that I send to school with the kids. Paige likes sandwiches but gets excited by the change of pace of leftovers, pasta dishes and rice dishes. Will prefers salads, soups, pasta and bento-style lunches with a lot of variety. With the school year looming, I am working on adding a few easy go-to recipes to our repertoire so that I can ensure that they both have fun, interesting lunches they love.
Enter the rice bowl. It’s no secret that we love rice bowls here — and eat them often because they are easy, fast and nutritious. But for school? It’s a little too complicated for early morning, isn’t it?
Actually no. By using quick-cooking rice (microwave rice is a favorite of mine), precooked chicken that just needs to be heated and no-need-to-cook veggies, a pair of these Barbecue Chicken and Veggie Rice Bowls for Lunchboxes can be whipped up in about five minutes. And five minutes for lunches that I know they will devour? That’s time well-spent, I think.
Tyson’s Back to School Project A+ Program
Have you heard of Tyson’s Back to School Project A+ Program?
It’s super easy to get your school signed up for the program. Just go to the Tyson Project A+ website and search for your school (ours was already registered!). If yours isn’t registered, it’s easy to get it registered. Just fill out the information for the school, identify a coordinator (might be good to loop in the PTA on this one!) and submit the info. Then someone needs to pick up donated labels from the school and turn them in for the program.
The best part? For each label turned in, your school will get $0.24 — that could seriously add up fast. As a busy mom, I really appreciate how easy it is to help our schools in such an important way.
Once the school is registered, put the word out to parents to look for the specially marked packages of Tyson products with the black chalkboard symbol (see above). Clip the labels, send them into school and help your school turn the labels into cash for whatever they need.
Making the Barbecue Chicken and Veggie Rice Bowls for Lunchboxes
Now, back to the rice bowls. They are ridiculously easy and fast to make. Just gather your ingredients, layer the ingredients in stay-warm containers for school and seal them up. Only the chicken and rice need to be heated — everything else will warm and soften on standing. It’s so easy, you can do it in the predawn hours almost without thinking.
And the kids will love it. Mine do.
- 1 cup hot cooked rice, white or brown, per your preference
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh broccoli
- 2 tbsp corn, frozen is fine – no need to defrost or cook
- 6 Tyson Chicken Nuggets, prepared according to package directions
- 3 tbsp finely shredded cheddar cheese
- Barbecue sauce, to taste
- In two insulated containers, layer the hot rice, broccoli, corn, chicken nuggets and cheese. Drizzle with barbecue sauce, dividing the ingredients evenly between the two containers. Seal immediately. Pack in a lunchbox with a fork for enjoying later.
Disclosure: I was compensated for creating this recipe. All opinions are my own.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.