Chicken and rice are my favorite “go to” ingredients. There are so many ways to prepare the two. For this recipe we are taking the fabulous bold flavors of the Southwest and going Tex Mex style. This is my kind of comfort food wrapped up in one colorful, piping hot bowl of deliciousness. And for my vegetarian friends out there, just skip the chicken.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 chicken breast, pounded thin and cut into small chunks
- 1 small red onion
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 red or orange bell pepper, diced
- 24 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 1 can (14 ounces) black beans, drained
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Morton & Bassett Mexican Blend seasoning (cumin, garlic, onion, paprika, pepper and thyme)
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 cup white rice
- 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat.
- Add chicken pieces and cook each side for 2 minutes or until cooked through. Remove chicken onto a plate and set aside.
- Add onions, bell pepper and garlic to skillet. Cook 1-2 minutes until onions and bell pepper are softened.
- Add crushed tomatoes, broth, corn, and black beans into skillet.
- Next add Mexican blend seasoning, cayenne pepper and brown sugar.
- Bring to a simmer and then add rice.
- Stir, cover with a lid and turn down heat to medium low.
- Cook for about 15 to 18 minutes until rice is cooked and most of liquid is absorbed.
- Add chicken and stir.
- Sprinkle with cheese and cover skillet with lid for 3 to 5 minutes for cheese to melt.
- Serve garnished with green onions or cilantro pieces.