Simple Lightweight Trail Recipe
I wanted to share a variation of one of my favorite, easy-to-make trail meals - Cranberry Chicken Rice. I discovered the Cranberry Chicken Rice recipe through Sarah Kirkconnell's superb trail cooking website (TrailCooking.com) and her Freezer Bag Cooking book, which if you don't own you should definitely consider getting. My variation uses a small amount of stuffing mix instead of rice to create a real taste of Thanksgiving at any time of the year!
This is a delicious and incredibly easy meal to make on the trail and the preparation before hand is just as simple. To make this meal you will need some Kraft Stove Top stuffing mix (I like the whole wheat variety with lower sodium), some dried cranberries or Craisins, and some pre-cooked chicken breast (canned or those pouch packets are really good).
If you are using canned chicken breast as I did here, make sure that you drain off as much of the water as possible and even try to squeeze it out - that's where most of the weight is.
To make a single serving I use the following amounts of ingredients:
- 1 cup Kraft Stove Top stuffing mix (dry) - 1.75oz
- Quarter cup dried Craisins - 0.75oz
- Half cup of chicken breast - 1.75oz
- A pinch of salt and pepper
Combine the dry stuffing mix and the cranberries/Craisins in a small ziplock bag. In a separate small ziplock bag place the squeezed chicken breast and a pinch of salt and pepper. Note: you can dehydrate the chicken breast to save some additional weight, but my experience doing so has not been very successful.
On The Trail
To make the meal on the trail you will need to boil up some water. This recipe requires a very small amount of water, just a quarter cup, but I tend to boil up two cups of water so that I can have a hot drink with my meal.
Open the ziplock bag containing the stuffing mix and cranberries and place that into your cup/bowl. One the water has come to a rolling boil, pour a small amount onto the stuffing and cranberry mix just enough to moisten it. Str the mix up to make the stuffing absorb the water and let stand for 5 mins.
Use your spork or spoon to fluff up the hot stuffing mix after 5 mins and add the chicken breast to the ingredients and stir in. Wait 1-2 minutes for the chicken to warm up then enjoy! This recipe usually yields about 2 cups of food when re-hydrated and fluffed up. I've always found it to be plenty.
If you use very strong/thick quality ziplock bags you can actually re-hydrate the stuffing inside of the ziplock bag by pouring your hot water directly into it. This is a great way to cook and combined with a freezer back cozie will keep your food warmer for longer.
This simple but delicious meal never fails to satisfy my cravings while on the trail and several of my hiking buddies have added this handy recipe to their repertoire after tasting it.
What's your favorite home-made trail recipe and what have you done to tweak it?