July 22, 2015

southwest chicken and rice skillet


Chick day is here!!  They finally arrived at the post office this morning and we got the call at 7 am to come get our babies.  They were all bundled up in this little box, huddled together.  They are even cuter than I realized they'd be... and so tiny!  My kids are beyond excited and already deciding which ones they want to be "theirs" and the names. So fun!!!

So in keeping with my latest trend of quick, easy, and budget friendly, here is another dish that you will want to add to your weekly rotation.  It is so versatile that you can add just about any veggie, plus it takes very little effort to prepare.  Perfect for a busy weeknight as school starts back in a couple of weeks and sports start to ramp up.

Servings 6
Total Time 35 minutes

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (1/2 cup uncooked/1 can)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1-2 pounds cooked chicken, thinly sliced or shredded
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, grated (monterey jack also works well)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced 
1.  In a large oven-proof skillet, over high heat, add the rice, salsa, black beans, chili powder, and water. Stir until everything is evenly combined.

2.  Place a tight fitting lid on the skillet and let the skillet come to a full boil.  As soon as the skillet comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 15-30 minutes (the time it takes to cook and for the water to absorb will vary with the type of rice you buy). Make sure it is simmering the entire time, turning the heat up slightly if needed.

3.  After the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, turn off the heat, remove the lid, and fluff the mixture with a fork. All of the liquid should be absorbed and the rice should be tender.

4.  Preheat the broiler on high, and move the oven rack to about 6 inches from the element.

5.  Spread the chicken evenly over the top and then the cheese.  Put the skillet in the oven and broil the cheese until melted and bubble, 2-3 minutes.

6.  Sprinkle the green onions over the melted cheese and enjoy!!!

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