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 )
- 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?