Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Southwestern Chicken Casserole

Funny how tastes change. I was never really a rice person. I was led to believe that it was unhealthy and carb loaded and good to avoid. After doing research, I've learned that rice is good.  It is real food. It's good food. I use brown rice and it's healthy. So I'm eating a lot more of it.   

Clearly any meals with the southwestern or tex mex flair are our favorites.  This one didn't fail to please. 

Very easy to put together and loved how it smelled in the oven!

Southwestern Chicken Casserole
Adapted from Hezzi-D's

1 1/2 lb. boneless chicken tenders
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 1/2 cup salsa
4 oz. green chilies
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. red pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. paprika
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lime

Spray a 9 x 13 in baking pan with cooking spray.  In the baking pan, combine the chicken broth, milk, water, corn, black beans, rice, salsa, green chilies, cumin and red pepper. Mix well.  On top of rice mixture, lay the chicken tenders.  Sprinkle paprika, salt and pepper over the chicken.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese and return to the oven without the foil.  Cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and brown.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle with juice from 1/2 of the lime to taste. 

Total calories = 2800 calories
6 servings = 467 calories per serving

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Calories calculated from Some numbers are approximate and rounded.


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  2. Hey Debbi. I found you over at GFHomemaker. I make a rice dish similar to this but never thought to put chicken with it. Great idea. I had no idea you were also Gluten Free. We are too over at my house. We could collaborate sometime!
    Extraordinary Life

  3. Yum. This looks like a great prep ahead and freeze meal. Will be on my "Gottatries" list for sure :).

  4. I love easy tasty meals. This looks like something I could devour in an instant!

  5. Okay, you are NOT going to believe this. Monday night I found a "Mexican Chicken & Rice" recipe on sparkpeople but searched your blog over and over all the way back to 2009 for one. But you didn't have one. I thought, that was strange since we both have a fondness for Tex-Mex. So I bought all the ingredients yesterday at Aldi and was going to make it last night, but got home too late. So we're eating it tonight. It's pretty similar to the above with the exception of corn and red peppers. I just thought it was ironic we both had this on the brain! So funny :)

  6. I want to make this now. I love casseroles. This looks so delicious.

  7. I am trying hard to eat healthier and re discovered your blog. I also am adding rice more often to my meals; and that makea myhusband very happy; great recipe. Thanks.

  8. Yum! My family loves dishes with southwest flair as well. Thanks for sharing!

  9. This dish looks really yummy. Can't wait to try it.

  10. I definitely go through phases with rice and i think you've put me back in an "i want it now!" phase! Love this dish!

  11. This sounds delicious. My family loves anything with a southwestern flavor and I make several things that are quite similar to this. YUM!

  12. Anything Southwest is a winner in my family too! This has everything we love in it! I don't cook with rice much anymore either but I have a ton of it in my pantry that needs to be used.

  13. Debbi....This really looks GOOD. We love Southwest too. I found you on Foodie Friday and I'm so glad I did. You have a delightful blog. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe. I can hardly wait to make it.

  14. I love one dish casseroles, and your Southwestern Chicken sounds spicy-licious! Thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch.

  15. what temperature should you put it on to bake?