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Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bake

A Zesty and Cheesy Chicken Casserole with Rice

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Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bake

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 20 minutesCook time:1 hour Rest time: minutesTotal time:1 hour 20 minutesServings:8 servingsCalories:477 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year

Description

This Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bake is a delightful combination of tender chicken, flavorful salsa, and melted cheese, all mixed with rice to create a hearty and satisfying meal. Perfect for any night of the week, this casserole is sure to become a family favorite.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the rice and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for 20 minutes until the rice is tender.
  2. While the rice is cooking, place the chicken breast halves in a large saucepan and fill it with water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. Remove the chicken from the water and allow it to cool. Once cool enough to handle, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Set your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish to prevent sticking.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses. In another bowl, blend the cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, chopped onion, and salsa until well combined.
  5. Start by layering half of the cooked rice in the prepared baking dish. Add half of the chicken pieces on top of the rice. Spoon half of the soup and salsa mixture over the chicken, and then sprinkle half of the cheese mixture on top. Repeat the layers, finishing with a layer of cheese.
  6. Place the assembled casserole in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until the dish is bubbly and the cheese is melted and golden.

Notes

  • – For a spicier version, use a hot salsa.
    – You can substitute brown rice for white rice, but adjust the cooking time according to package instructions.
    – This casserole can be made ahead and refrigerated; just add 10 minutes to the baking time if baking from cold.
Keywords:Chicken Casserole, Rice Bake, Salsa Chicken, Easy Dinner

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, you can use brown rice, but you will need to adjust the cooking time according to the package instructions.

Can I make this casserole ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it. When ready to bake, add an additional 10 minutes to the baking time if baking from cold.

What can I serve with this casserole?

This casserole pairs well with a simple green salad or steamed vegetables.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

How can I make this dish vegetarian?

Omit the chicken and add more beans or a meat substitute like tofu or tempeh.

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