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Lazy Day Spicy Chicken Bake

AMY GARDNER / December 27, 2010

This recipe saved me yesterday.  Seeing as I had no interest in going to the store and a desire for something to eat other than leftovers or cookies, I was determined to find something to make from what we had it our kitchen.  Luckily we had some chicken in the fridge.  I leafed through my most basic cookbook and found this recipe.  We didn’t have canned tomatoes or green pepper so I used salsa instead.  The result was extra spicy which is fine with me.  Topped with Greek yogurt, it was the perfect one dish meal to warm the belly on a cold, snowy winter day.

Recipe for Spicy Chicken Bake (adapted from Better Homes & Gardens)

INGREDIENTS:
2-3lbs chicken skinless chicken pieces (with bone)
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
1 TBSP oil
1-16oz jar mild, chunky salsa
2/3 cup long grain brown rice uncooked
1 can pinto or black beans, fluid included
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/8-1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Heat oven to 375º
Saute onion and garlic in oil over medium-high heat
Add salsa, rice, beans, chili powder and red pepper
Stir well adding a little salt as needed
Transfer the mixture into a rectangular (13×8) casserole dish and arrange chicken pieces on top.  Bake for 50-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender.

I recommend serving with shredded cheese and Greek yogurt or sour cream!