Southwestern Chicken and Rice Bake

Southwesterm Chicken Rice Bake
Diana Rattray
Ratings (8)
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 Portions (6 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
984 Calories
32g Fat
124g Carbs
52g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 Portions (6 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 984
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 694mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 124g 45%
Dietary Fiber 18g 64%
Protein 52g
Calcium 427mg 33%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is an easy and tasty chicken meal, perfect for a busy day. This southwestern chicken casserole is made with diced chicken, black beans and corn, cooked rice, and seasonings, along with an easy homemade sauce and optional cheese topping.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans (drained, rinsed)
  • 1 can (11 to 15 ounces) Mexican-style corn (drained)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes (slightly drained)
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red or chipotle pepper (to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 cup Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (optional)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, combine rice, chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, and hot pepper. Stir to blend.

  2. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat; stir in flour until well blended and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk, chicken broth, and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Stir into the rice and chicken mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt and/or pepper as needed.

  3. Spoon into a lightly buttered 2-quart casserole.

  4. Bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly. If desired, sprinkle with the cheese about 5 to 8 minutes before done.

  5. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and chopped green onions and tomatoes, if desired.

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