Baked Chicken with Rice and Black Beans
Serves 6 to 8 (I’d really say 4 to 6)
- 1 (10oz) package yellow rice mix (we use the mahatma mix in the yellow bag) & any ingredients required to make it (check the packaging)
- 1 cup chopped onion (we prefer ours finely diced, but we like a lot of onion – if you don’t love onion or don’t care or are going for convenience you could definitely use frozen chopped onion)
- ½ cup chopped green bell pepper (we use frozen)
- ½ cup chopped carrot
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups cubed cooked chicken (use either a pre-cooked store-bought rotisserie chicken or bake a chicken breast or two the night before)
- 1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (10oz) can diced tomatoes and green chiles (Rotel), undrained (we didn’t have any so I used a can of regular diced tomatoes and chopped up some pickled jalapenos)
- 2 cups (8oz) grated Monterrey Jack cheese (we used a ‘Mexican blend’)
- Preheat oven to 350. Prepare rice according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, sauté onion, bell pepper, and carrot in hot oil in a medium skillet over medium heat for 10 minutes or until tender (do not let it burn!).
- Combine hot cooked rice, onion mixture, chicken, beans, diced tomatoes and chiles, and 1-1/2 cups cheese in a large bowl. Spoon into a lightly greased 3-qt or 13×9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with remaining ½-cup cheese.
- Bake, covered, at 350 for 30 minutes.
- If you use rotisserie chicken (or bake chicken the night before) as well as frozen onions and bell peppers this dish comes together in a flash. It makes a great weeknight meal!
- We prefer this dish with refrigerated melon severed on the side (watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew). The dish has just a little kick and the cool melon makes a nice pairing.
- If you don’t like spicy you can absolutely take out the Rotel and just used plain diced tomatoes (just make sure you only use 10oz as a ‘standard’ diced tomato can is 16oz).
- If your family is dairy-free (or one person in your family is) you can omit the cheese and just top individual plates with cheese as desired.
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