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Monday 8/31: Spicy Chicken and Rice Bake

September 3, 2009

Here’s the first Chicken Monday recipe.  Its from The Better Homes and Garden’s Cookbook – 75th Anniversary Edition.

Spicy Chicken and Rice Bake

2 1/2 to 3 lbs. meaty chicken pieces (I used boned breast meat only)

1/2 c. chopped onion

1/2 c. chopped green sweet pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. cooking oil

1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 14 1/2-oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 c. tomato juice

1 c. frozen whole kernel corn (I used a frozen veggie mix w/ corn, red peppers and broccoli)

2/3 c. uncooked long grain rice

1 tsp. chili powder

1/8 to 1/4 ground red pepper (I used cayenne)

Paprika

1.) Skin chicken; set aside.  Try not to puke while doing this.

2.) In a large saucepan cook onion, sweet pepper, and garlic in hot oil until veggies are tender.  Stir in black beans, undrained tomatoes, tomato juice, corn uncooked rice, chili powder, re pepper and 1/2 tsp. salt (or not, the tomato juice is pretty salty so I didn’t add it).  Bring to boiling.  Transfer rice mixture to a 3-qt. rectangular baking dish.  Arrange chicken pieces on top of rice mixture.  Sprinkle chicken with paprika.

3.) Bake, covered in a 3750  oven for 45-50 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and rice is tender.

This recipe was fantastic!!  Not only was it easy to make but it also made the house smell magnificent while it was baking.  It was also a complete meal – no slaving over sides.  Although, I did heat up some cheddar biscuits I had made for a previous dinner to have with this dish  (think Red Lobster style – seriously yummy.  I will post that recipe some other time). I did also shred some cheddar over the top of the chicken before I served the plate.  It was a wise decision.

Another bonus – this recipe serves six and if you recall, we are a house of two.  So, we have tons of leftovers. My plans? One night we will have chicken tacos.  I will shred the chicken and stuff the taco shells with the rice mixture.   On another night I will stuff some of the heirloom tomatoes from my garden with the rice mixture, top with some breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and bake them.  The last bits of chicken? Probably chicken salad.  Here’s a bonus about chicken – its a gift that keeps on giving.

This was a very successful Chicken Monday.  The dishes are even almost done! Yes, you read the date right, I’m typing this on Wednesday.  I committed to making chicken every Monday, not finishing all the dishes too.  That only happens when we have company and some generous soul does most of them for me.  Did I mention I don’t have a dishwasher?  That’s a post for another week.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Judy permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:14 am

    Can’t wait for next Monday – perhaps I will be invited to be the extra hands.

  2. Andrew permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:32 pm

    This was indeed a great Chicken Monday. All of the flavors worked well together and as stated, the house smelled wonderful during the cooking time.

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