Trail Cooking

Cold Day Chicken Rice

I was thinking of a meal to eat recently, on a cold afternoon. That would fill me up but not leave me tired after eating. Rice doesn’t bog me down like pasta. Some chicken, celery, onion, gravy mix and then I drizzled tart cranberry sauce on at the end.

It filled me up and gave me energy to keep going. This might not be everyone’s choice, but it’s an easy meal.

Cold Day Chicken Rice

In a quart freezer bag or sandwich bag:

Also take:

  • 1 packet or 1 Tbsp olive oil

FBC Method:

Bag ingredients in a quart freezer bag.

In camp, place freezer bag in a FBC Cozy or similar, add 1½ cups boiled water and the oil, stir well.

Seal tightly and let sit for 15 minutes.

One Pot Method:

Bag ingredients in a sandwich size ziptop bag.

Add 1½ cups water and oil to a small pan, bring to a boil. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Cover tightly and take off the stove. Let sit for 15 minutes.

In cool temperatures, or at altitude, place pot in a pot cozy or similar to keep warm.

Serves 1 large appetite.


If you like salt, use regular gravy mix. 1 Tablespoon gives a hint of flavor. If you like it really stronger, add up to 2 Tablespoons of dry mix.

I drizzled over the rice, once cooked, a couple Tablespoons of homemade cranberry sauce (a sugar-free version I can up for the season). The sour punch of the cranberries went really well with the vegetables and chicken. Cranberry sauce can be found in packets, but it carries fine for a day or two. It has so much sugar in it…’s jam actually. It’s easy to not realize that 😀


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