Chipotle Lime Chicken & Mexican Creamy Rice

At the end of a week, or even a day that felt long, I sometimes find it hard to think up of what to make for dinner.  But usually I also want something a bit special to liven up the evening, and leftovers and basic staples can only really go so far.  Luckily, I whipped up this quick pairing that was delicious, easy, and felt special since Nick and I made dinner together (he often handles the meat and grill).  Having dinner al fresco on the balcony only makes it feel more relaxed and romantic.  Here is a simple and quick dinner we threw together back in the summer, though it’s delicious in the winter as well.  Funny enough, the side dish is a bit more work than the main, but it turned out delicious.  This is a bit of a Mexican twist on chicken & brown rice.  Let’s get started.

Chicken – use fresh or thawed chicken.  Marinate for a few hours (at least) in some chipotle lime salad dressing.  Grill.  Done!

Mexican Creamy Rice (adapted from here )

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup plain, 0% Greek yogurt
  • 4oz canned diced green chile peppers
  • 2 cups shredded Tex-Mex blend cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

In a large pot, bring the rice and chicken broth to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a casserole dish.

Mix the cooked rice, yogurt, green chile peppers, 1 cup shredded cheese, corn, and cilantro together in the casserole dish.  Add salt & pepper, mix well.  Top with remaining cheese, and bake in the oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before you  serve it up.

We enjoyed this delicious dinner out on our balcony back in the summer, and it was a great way to cap off the day.  I really like that this is an easy way to add a new twist on classic dishes, I’d recommend pairing with a Corona or a margarita to really make the experience!  Yummy!

Anyone else out there doing some Mexican-inspired cooking?  Or found some other tasty, easy to throw together recipes you’re loving for a quick dinner?

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