Sunday, April 7, 2013

Layered Mexican Rice Bake

This is one of those hurry up and be done with dinner already recipes. Love it.
Layered Mexican Rice Bake

From: Picky Palate

2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 med. white onion, finely chopped
1 Anaheim chili pepper, finely diced
1 1/2 cups sweet peppers, chopped
1 1/2 Tbs. garlic, minced
4 cups cooked rice
1 Tbs. cumin
2 cups chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup salsa
1 can corn, drained
1 can red kidney bean (or other bean of choice), drained (I used black beans)
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place oil into a large skillet over medium heat.  Saute onion and peppers for about 5 minutes or until softened.  Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute.  Stir in cooked rice, season with cumin and reduce heat to low.  Transfer mixed rice to a 9x13" baking dish

Place chicken breast into a medium skillet over medium heat.  Season with garlic salt, ranch seasoning and salsa; mix and reduce heat to low.  Pour corn over rice.  Next layer the beans, cilantro, chicken and top with cheese.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve with hot sauce if desired.

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