Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice
Source of Recipe
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 6.9-ounce package chicken-flavored rice and vermicelli mix
1 14-ounce can chicken broth
2 cups water
2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes (2 medium)
3 tablespoons canned diced green chile peppers, drained
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
1. In a medium saucepan cook onion in hot oil over medium heat until tender. Stir in rice and vermicelli mix (including seasoning package); cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in broth and water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes (liquid will not be fully absorbed).
2. Transfer the rice mixture to a large bowl. Stir in chicken, tomatoes, chile peppers, basil, chili powder, cumin, and black pepper. Transfer to a 2-quart casserole.
3. Bake, covered, in a 425 degree F oven for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.
Make Ahead Directions: Prepare as above through step 1. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Bake, covered, in a 425 degree F oven about 40 minutes or until heated through. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.