One-Pot Cooking: Southwest Chicken And Rice

I just love one-pot meals.  So easy and less mess.  This is a good, comfort food-style recipe and great when it's a busy evening.  This recipe does include cilantro, which I know people either love or hate.  We love it so we use it, but feel free to omit it.

Adapted from a recipe by America's Test Kitchen

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 c oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 bell pepper (green, red or orange), chopped
1 c rice (we use basmati, but you could use any kind)
1 t dried oregano
1 t chili powder
1/8 t cayenne pepper
1 - 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/4 c chicken broth
1/3 c chopped cilantro
1 c shredded colby/jack mix cheese

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high.  Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until browned on one side, about 4 minutes.  With tongs, transfer chicken to a plate.

Add onion and bell pepper to skillet.  Cook until the onion starts to become translucent.  Add rice and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Stir frequently to coat all grains in oil and cook until they start to toast.  Stir in oregano, chili powder, and cayenne and cook about 15 more seconds.  Stir in drained tomatoes and broth and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits.

Nestle chicken into rice, pouring any juice accumulated into pan, cover, reduce heat to low and cook about 10 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

Transfer chicken to plate and cover with foil.  Stir rice, replace lid, and continue cooking until the liquid is absorbed, about 10 more minutes.

Stir cilantro in rice.  Serve rice with a chicken breast on top and shredded cheese over all.


Meg said...

Oh, this looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing - it's going on my menu! :D

Mary said...

Think I'll make this tonight. Mike and I are cilantro-holics!!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Enjoy! We love it - quick, easy and tasty too. :)

Amber @ The Cook's Sister said...

I love this recipe! I also love one-pot recipes, the combination of flavours is fantastic and it simplifies clean-up.

I've featured your recipe on my blog: http://thecookssister.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/five-favourites-for-friday-23/

Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts said...

I adore meals like this. Pinned!