I'm always looking for something different to make for my boys. We have a lot of recipes that are similar, and I tend to be afraid to jump out of my box (very far, at least) for dinner. However, this combines things that Nate & the boys all like-- chicken, taco seasoning, salsa, rice... Salsa in a main dish, however, is why this is out of my box. I am not a big salsa fan, but the boys loved this!
(However, this does make a lot-- too much for my boys, they tired of it quickly. I will definitely only make a 1/2 batch next time!)
The picture is questionable, but it is much tastier than it looks! I'm just not much of a photographer. ;)
Remember, comments are loved! What's your favorite out-of-the-box dish?
Smothered Chicken Queso Casserole
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1-2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning, divided
- 15 ounces salsa
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 medium red/orange/green bell pepper, seeded, chopped
- 2 ½ cups cooked white rice
- 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
- Chopped tomatoes and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 13”x9” baking dish with cooking spray.
- Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Sprinkle ½ tablespoon taco seasoning over chicken, then cook for 6-8 minutes. Turn once, cooking til golden brown on both sides.
- In large bowl, stir together salsa, whipping cream, milk, and pepper. Reserve approximately ¾ cup of the sauce mixture; set aside. Stir rice into remaining sauce mixture.
- Place rice mixture in casserole; top with chicken. Top with reserved sauce mixture, then shredded cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes; uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until sauce bubbles and juice of chicken is clear when cut.
- Cool for 10 minutes, then garnish as desired.
Nutrition Facts *I calculate nutrition facts for reference only, this is not done scientifically
323-371, depending on amount of chicken
Source (for original): Betty Crocker