Spicy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Good Morning Foodies! It seems like I have been on a sabbatical away from you all for such a long period of time; typing a post seems foreign to me right now.

Weird.

It’s a blustery morning here in the greater D.C. area; I think Arizona weakened me. It was difficult to cope with the gusts of cold wind blowing through me this morning as I was trotting around behind Pippy. As always, he decided to take his time on his morning adventure and I had a moment to think how this weather never bothered me growing up. I love the snow. I love the winter. Each day that I wake up with temperatures hitting the 50s and a bright ball of sunshine beaming in through my windows I wonder – where is winter? Where is my snow?

In all honesty, I just got a brand new winter coat from my mom. It is top of the line and keeps me REALLY warm; I guess I need a good pair of gloves.

Yes. That is what I need.

Anyway, Pippy did his business and I kept him on a short leash as we ventured back to our house… he has a one track mind and I did not want to risk another 5 minutes out in the bitter cold if he saw a dog, person or a leaf fly by.

Moving right along…

I hope everybody had a great New Year. Nick, Pippy and I surely did. You will see some of our adventures on Wednesday, as I have a special post for you all. Until then, you’ll just have to wonder about the shenanigans we could have gotten ourselves into.

I was not much into cooking the last couple of weeks; for some reason, I just needed a break. Plus, Nick and I had not gone grocery shopping for almost a month. I don’t mind grocery shopping, but I definitely have to be in the mood to deal with the masses {while also coming to terms with the fact that I have a man that likes to wander around the store, leaving the cart in the middle of an isle and not thinking twice about annoying others}.

Anyway, we had not gone grocery shopping for almost a month and we did not have much of anything in the refrigerator. But I knew we had enough ingredients to put something together. I whipped out the crockpot, threw some chicken and other miscellaneous ingredients into it and set it on low to cook most of the day. That is how our Spicy Chicken and Rice Casserole was born.

Nutritional Information
Servings: 8
Calories: 324
Fat: 13.3 g
Carbohydrates: 19.3 g
Fiber: .9 g
Protein: 30.3 g
Points+: 8

 Here is what you will need: 

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 10 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions: 

  • In a crock pot add the first eight ingredients

  • Cook on low for about 5 hours
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  • Remove the chicken from the crock pot.
  • Pour the tomato mixture into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the rice, stir and cover for 10 minutes.
  • Lightly grease a casserole dish
  • Pour the cooked rice in the bottom. Then place the chicken on top of the rice and smother it all with the cheese. 

  • Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and deliciously gooey looking

  • Remove, slice the chicken into small filets and eat!

I personally loved this meal because it was super easy to make, it utilized the ingredients I had on hand and it was packed full of spicy flavor. If you want to add more or less spice, just increase or reduce the spice according to your taste buds. For those fellow spice lovers out there, I would suggest adding a bit more hot sauce to the rice mixture because the rice soaks up most of the spice. It’s not bland, it just doesn’t have a powerful punch after you cook the rice.

I hope you all give it a try!

Until Next Time,

Happy Maximizing Ingredients on hand! 

 

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