Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Recipe of the Week

Perhaps a more appropriate title for this post would be 'Recipe of the Month', or better yet, 'Recipe of the Century' since the last time I posted a 'Recipe of the Week' was October 27th! And even now I'm going to cheat against my own rules and post a recipe that I didn't even create! I found this on several months ago, and it's quickly becoming a family favorite. Chloe even loves it, which is a HUGE plus! Try it out for yourself and tell me what you think!

Zesty Chicken and Rice Casserole
Prep: 20 min.; Cooking: 1 hr.
Yields: 4 servings

2 cups water
3 chicken bouillon cubes
3/4 cup long-grain white rice
2 T. butter
3 cups cooked, chopped (and seasoned to your liking) chicken breast meat (2 large breast halves should do it)
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapenos
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
2 large eggs, slightly beaten (don't let this ingredient prevent you from trying this - the egg is subtle, if even noticeable - all it does is solidify the casserole)
3 T. chopped fresh cilantro

1) Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 2-quart casserole dish (I use an 11x13)
2) Bring water an bouillon to a boil in medium saucepan. Add rice and butter; cover. Reduce heat to low; cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is almost tender and most of liquid is absorbed.
3) Combine prepared rice, chicken, cheese, evaporated milk, onion, eggs and cilantro in large mixing bowl; stir well. Transfer mixture to prepared casserole dish.
4) Bake for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and edges are golden.

A few tips from the chef:
**A nice addition to this recipe is chopped ham. If I remember right, the very first time I made this I had leftover honey baked ham from Easter and it fit right in with the other ingredients!
**I always sprinkle some cayenne pepper over the top prior to baking.
**Fruit salad makes a great side dish!

This recipe has 391 reviews and an average rating of five stars. Always encouraging! Give it a try!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds (and looks!) delicious! This one I will definitely do! Love all the ingredients - the egg I'm sure adds great flavor. The jalapenos and cayenne pepper - nice touch! I'm always looking for things to do with chicken, and just today I was looking for something more to do with long grain rice. You're keeping me in delicious recipes. I'll add this one to the wonderful book you made for me. Thanks, Sweetheart! (Glad Neil and Chloebug like it too!).

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