I mentioned earlier that I am a deal shopper, so naturally I bought most of my ingredients at Aldi. I think Aldi is awesome, and minus a few things I personally don’t like, I do all my shopping there. But anyway, that’s another post for another day.
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite sized pieces
- 3 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of diced yellow onion
- 1 cup of uncooked extra-long grain rice
- 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 2 1/2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups of colby jack, monterey jack or cheddar cheese
- kosher salt and pepper
- freshly diced tomatoes
- diced green onions
- sour cream
- Start by sautéing onions in 2 tablespoon of olive oil until they start to soften.
- Season diced chicken with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
- Add chicken to pan and cook over medium high heat until chicken has started to brown.
- Move chicken to one side of pan, in the other side of the pan add an additional tablespoon of olive oil and sauté uncooked rice for about 2 minutes or just until some grains start to turn golden brown.
- Stir in black beans, canned tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin.
- Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low.
- Cook about 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
- Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
This photo is after most of the ingredients have been added to cook the rice and to get the flavors a-blending.
- Sprinkle with cheese, recover and let set for 2-3 off heat to melt cheese.
- Garnish with fresh tomatoes, green onions, sour cream and guacamole.
The fun thing about this dish is that once you’ve added the cheese and given it time to melt, you get creative license to add just about anything to this dish. This time, I went for fresh simplicity and added freshly cut tomatoes. Avocado is another awesome add on.
RATING: Overall, I rate this a 5/5! Because you can add so many things to this dish, you can make it as flavorful or as simple as you want. I will definitely be making this again.