Thursday, July 14, 2016

Southwestern Chicken and Rice Fiesta Bake

LOVE this recipe!  One of my favorites, because while it takes about 40 minutes to bake, it only takes about 5 minutes to throw together and place in the oven.  Perfect and simply weeknight meal.  It's also a big hit with my kids, and the leftovers are delicious as well!

Southwestern Chicken and Rice Fiesta Bake

(Recipe modified from a Pampered Chef recipe.)

  • 1 1/2 cups instant long grain brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup thick and chunky salsa
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 4   boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4-6 oz. each)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  •  Additional salsa, sour cream and chopped cilantro for serving (optional)
    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine dry spices together.  Place rice, corn, black beans, stock, salsa and two-third of spice mixture in a rectangular (preferably glass) baking dish; stir to combine.  

    2. Sprinkle chicken with remaining spice mixture. Place chicken on top of rice mixture.  

    3. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°F (74°C) in thickest part of breast and juices run clear.  

    4. Remove baking dish from oven to cooling rack and top evenly with cheese. Let stand 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

    5. Serve with additional salsa, sour cream and chopped cilantro (optional).  

    Yield:  4 servings -- 1 chicken breast and 1/2 cup of cooked rice mixture.

    (For 21 Day Fix “container counts”, each serving counts as:  1 red, 2 yellows, 1/2 a purple, and 1 blue.  Serve over a green salad to get those green containers in too!)

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    All the best,