I thought I'd share one with you!
There are so many great recipes out there that have five ingredients or less, are quick and simple to prepare and fall into the nutritious and delicious category. There are also a lot of new recipe books that seem to be built around the same theme of 5 ingredients or less - but so far I've been disappointed in them. Quick flip throughs at the bookstore reveal a lot of prepackaged, preserved or high cost ingredients. I don't often use those types of recipes because they often contain things I don't have on hand - like canned soup, tater tots or frozen mixed veggies.
This recipe is simple, low fat, tasty and filling. I almost always have the ingredients on hand. My sister gave me the original recipe years ago, but as usual, I had to alter it for our family. I used to use the chunky salsa called for, but because of texture issues, I found myself running the salsa through the blender to smooth it out before bringing it to a boil. Then I got smart and used taco sauce instead - no blending, no missed offending chunks, and less clean up .... and the rest, as they say, is history! I really like the Pace Organic Taco Sauce - and it often is on sale when the other Pace products are on. We still call it Salsa Chicken! Here are the basics with pictures, no less!
Bring taco sauce (or salsa) and water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Place raw chicken on top of rice - it will sink a bit. Turn down heat to low and cover.
Simmer gently for 10 minutes. Give a stir. Cover and simmer for 10 more minutes - 14 minutes for brown rice. Remove from heat and let sit covered for 5-7 minutes while remaining liquid is absorbed.
now for the specifics ....
2 cups of water
1 1/3 cups of taco sauce (we like mild or medium) or salsa
2 cups of long grain rice (we use brown)
1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken - dark or white meat
1/2-3/4 cups grated cheese - cheddar or Monterey jack
This could not be more simple! Bring taco sauce or salsa and water to boil. Add rice and stir. Place raw chicken on top of rice - it will sink a bit. Turn down heat to low and cover. Simmer gently for 10 minutes. Give a stir. Cover and simmer for 10 more minutes - 14 minutes for brown rice. Remove from heat and let sit covered for 5-7 minutes while remaining liquid is absorbed. Plate the rice - place chicken nicely on top. Garnish with grated cheese. Serve hot!