You won’t miss the calories with this spicy Mexican version of chicken and rice casserole.
Cooking last night wasn’t high on my list of priorities, so a casserole that took little effort was perfect for my lack of motivation.
Adding to my lethargy was the fact that there wasn’t a lot to choose from in the pantry – a can of beans, leftover rice and cooked chicken. Talk about a dull list of ingredients!
What could I do to make this dish a bit more appealing? Add Tequila! Who doesn’t love Tequila?
The Tequila and lime added some much needed zip to my plain old rice and beans. Topped with a little cheese and sour cream, this meal turned out pretty darn good, considering it’s humble beginnings.
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
- ½ cup red pepper, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 can Swanson Caribbean Recipe Black Beans or Black Beans
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 1 cup chicken breast, cooked and chopped
- 2 cups brown rice, cooked
- 4 tablespoons Tequila
- 1 tablespoon lime
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 8 tablespoons low fat cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4 tablespoons light sour cream
- 1. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and red peppers and cook for 5 - 6 minutes until softened.
- 2. Add garlic, canned tomatoes, Caribbean beans or black beans, corn, cooked chicken, brown rice, Tequila, lime juice, and chili powder. Cook for 5 - 6 minutes.
- 3. Top each serving with cheese and sour cream.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Beans are an excellent source of antioxidants, folic acid, potassium, dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates.
Filled with fiber and protein, beans are a big boost for dieters. Folic acid is important for the formation of red blood cells. Potassium is important for our nervous system and a big boost for healthy blood pressure.
Chicken is a complete protein, with less saturated fat than beef. Much of the fat is in the skin, so it is best eaten without the skin, with chicken breasts being the leanest choice. Chicken provides 67% of your daily protein needs. It also has cancer protecting B vitamins, including Niacin and B6 for energy.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 8.60g
Total Carbs: 53.91g
Dietary Fiber: 9.93g
Weight Watchers Points 8
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.