Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake

I’m cooking this for a friend. But, of course, I need a batch for myself so nevermind the quantites of “stuff” in the pictures. I don’t recommend cooking 2 batches at one time. I felt the strong urge to punch an inanimate object.

I like this recipe because it’s got everything in it. Casserole and bakes are great for that.

I rubbed knuckles with the pastor this morning at church. Why, you ask? Saints vs. Falcons, that’s why. 26-23…I did sweat. A little.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake (adapted from How Sweet It Is)

  • 2 chicken breast, halved
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 ounces of beer (I used Modelo Especial)
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 poblano pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 10-12 leaves of fresh cilantro
  • Juice from 1/4 lime
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups cooked rice, white or brown
  • 8 ounces sour cream (or greek yogurt)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can green chilis
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese, plus more for topping
  • Sliced fresh green onion for garnish

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Brown chicken for approximately 3 minutes on each side. Some of the pieces may not brown. It’s okay. Pour beer over chicken, let it come to a boil, cover and cook for 50 minutes or until beer has almost evaporated on medium-medium low heat. *You can also buy pre-cooked chicken or cook the chicken ahead of time. Of course, you’ll miss out on the nostalgic beer part.

Preheat oven to 350. Meanwhile, chop tomato and poblano pepper (I used 1/2 pepper but the desired heat scale is up to you. I’m being modest). Add tomato, poblano, garlic, cilantro and lime juice to a food processor and blend to a pureed consistency. Set aside.

BTW, if you’re looking for a fresh salsa (without salt and pepper), serve the above pureed blend with corn chips. Yum!

Once the chicken is cooked, let it cool to the touch then shred and combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Transfer mixture into an oven-safe dish and top with cheese. Cook for 20-25 minutes.

I know it’s not cute but it’s really really good…kind of like some Mexican soul food. You can eliminate the rice and serve it in burritos or with tortilla chips.

Enjoy!

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