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Cheatin' chicken soup

Cheatin' chicken soup

1/2 cup microwaveable brown or long-grain rice (see note)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion, minced

1 can (15 1/2 ounces) each:

low-sodium chicken broth,

diced tomatoes

1 to 2 cups cooked chicken,

see note

1 cup corn, frozen or canned

1/4 cup white wine

1 tablespoon herbes de Provence

or other dried herb blend

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

or to taste

Freshly ground pepper

Makes 2 servings.

1. Cook the rice in the microwave according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; add the garlic and onion. Cook, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the broth, tomatoes, chicken, corn, the rice, wine, herbs, red pepper flakes and pepper to taste. Heat to a boil; lower heat and simmer 5 minutes.

Note: Ready-to-eat chicken is available in supermarkets, or you can add raw diced chicken and lengthen the cooking time by 10 minutes.

Note: Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, sold in a microwaveable pouch, takes 90 seconds. You will have leftover rice to use at a later date.

Nutritional info per serving: 568 calories, 23 percent of calories from fat, 15 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 62 mg cholesterol, 78 g carbohydrates, 34 g protein, 411 mg sodium, 7 g fiber.