I went looking for water chestnut recipes and, like all of you probably, ran across a TON for bacon wrapped water chestnuts. Didn't sound like something I'd want to mess with since they'd be gone in about 30 seconds and were too much work for that (although they sounded yummy), so I decided to make a casserole sort of dish with bacon and water chestnuts.
1 package (12 oz) bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 yellow onion, diced
3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and drained
1 c frozen peas
Saute the bacon in large skillet until cooked to desired doneness. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Add onions to drippings in pan and cook until translucent. Add chicken and cook until done. Add peas, water chestnuts, and bacon, and heat until warmed through. Serve over rice with a steamed vegetable on the side (because there's enough bacon you need more veggies so you don't feel guilty for eating all the fat).
If you don't love bacon like my family, use just a few pieces for flavoring, but hubby and kidlet LOVE bacon, so I used enough so they could eat it. I didn't drain the bacon but probably could have -- it wasn't terribly greasy, but probably could've done without all the fat (there's a reason *I'm* fat). I'd probably also add another can of water chestnuts for a better ratio. It made enough I should have some leftovers for lunch. Hubby said it was delicious and filling and kiddo actually ate some and liked it. I'd only give this 3 stars, because it isn't fancy enough for a dinner party and is a little fussy for a potluck (serving over rice and all), and I might add some broth while it's cooking next time (there will be a next time) because I wanted some sort of sauce or something on the rice (but I'm like that).
P.S. I'm allergic to pineapple and dairy, so will not be participating in the next two challenges, or the one at the end of April.
*okay, finally remembered to label this ... sorry for those of you who follow or have this in reader, because it's showing up again!