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This salsa chicken with yellow rice is easy to cook, but it’s also delicious. You’ll never walk away hungry after eating this meal.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet after reading my posts, I’ll just come right out and tell you something about me. I love everything about chicken. Not only is it versatile, but also I like the fact that it’s easy to cook with. It’s also tasty.
My husband sometimes teases me and asks what kind of chicken we’re having for supper. It’s true that I cook it a lot. Sometimes we have this super easy salsa chicken. But other times I put a little more effort into the meal and serve this chicken potpie. Or this chicken and rice casserole.
Ingredients You Will Need
All you need for this simple salsa chicken recipe are the ingredients that the name of the dish implies. In other words, you need chicken, salsa, yellow rice, and of course water for the rice.
How to Make the Salsa for the Chicken with Yellow Rice
Although I typically purchase salsa in a jar, there are times I make it from scratch. It’s easy, but it does take a few extra minutes that I don’t always have. Here’s how I do it:
- I either use whole, ripe tomatoes or canned tomatoes.
- First, I put whichever one I have in a food processor.
- Next I add cumin or chili powder, salt, pepper, onions, celery, and jalapenos.
- Finally, pulse the food processor until you get the consistency you like.
How to Make Salsa Chicken with Yellow rice
Always preheat the oven when you know you’ll be baking. Although mine heats up quickly, it still takes a few minutes. Next, spray your casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. You don’t absolutely have to do this, but it sure does make cleaning up a lot easier.
Pour the yellow rice into the casserole dish. Next, add water.
Place the chicken on top of the rice. Since I had chicken breasts with skin and bone, that’s what I used.
Divide the salsa and scoop it onto the top of the chicken. Next, spread it out over the top to cover it. That’s all you have to do before you put it in the oven.
Bake this, uncovered, for a while. Since you’ll probably want a green vegetable for nutrition and a colorful plate, use this time to steam some broccoli, green beans, or zucchini. Another thing you can do is pop some rolls into the oven.
Benefits of Eating Chicken
Did you know that chicken is actually good for you? It truly is. And I try to get the most natural chicken I can find in the grocery store. Since I am health conscious, I buy free-range chicken that hasn’t been treated with antibiotics.
Here are some of the benefits of chicken:
- Chicken is loaded with the B vitamins that help prevent stress and memory loss.
- It is one of the foods that provide iron, vitamin K, and vitamin E that help product red blood cells.
- Chicken contains lycopene, beta-carotene, and retinol that you need for eye health.
- It also has iron as well as magnesium and potassium—elements that help boost your immune system.
- Riboflavin is another nutrient in chicken—most in the breast and the liver.
- Eating chicken helps protect the adrenal gland that balances your hormones.
- Control your weight by eating chicken. It has less fat that some meat, while it still has as many essential nutrients.
- According to the American Heart Association, chicken has less bad fat than many other types of meat.
Drink and Dessert
You’ll love the fiesta in your mouth when you eat this salsa chicken and yellow rice. For that reason, you’ll want a special drink like this lemonade smoothie.
After you finish the main course, you’ll definitely want a delicious dessert. If you haven’t tried this pineapple upside down cake, this is the time to do it. Another dessert you’ll love (that is, if you enjoy chocolate) is my chocolate walnut pie.
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- 3 or 4 chicken breasts, bone in
- 1 cup of yellow rice
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of salsa
- Preheat oven to 375. Spray the bottom of a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Pour the yellow rice into the casserole dish. Add the water.
- Lay the chicken breasts on top of the rice and water.
- Evenly distribute the salsa on top of the chicken and spread it out.
- Bake for 45 minutes, until the chicken is cooked all the way through and the rice is tender.
- Serve with a green vegetable for a balanced meal that is colorful and delicious.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 280 Total Fat 6g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 102mg Sodium 693mg Carbohydrates 15g Fiber 1g Sugar 3g Protein 39g