For the second leg of the 5 for $20 Challenge, I had to find a recipe that used a pound of 85% lean ground chicken. After a fairly exhaustive search, I decided to attempt the One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice recipe that I found on Host the Toast. It was a good choice — we’ve made this one several times since. Most recently, B’s taken to using the Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice as the meat filling in her Stand & Stuff soft tacos (along with sour cream, avocadoes, cheese, tomatoes, onions, and taco sauce).
One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice
Recipe from Host the Toast
1 – 1.5 lbs lean ground chicken
½ yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoon canola oil, plus an extra drizzle for cooking the rice
1½ cups uncooked instant brown rice
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon chili powder
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) jar salsa
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Roma tomato, diced
¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1 green onion, chopped, to garnish
Fresh cilantro, to taste
- Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the ground chicken and break it up a bit with a wooden spoon. Add the diced onion and cook until the chicken has browned and the onion is translucent.
- Move the chicken and onion over to one side of the pan and drizzle just a bit more oil on the empty side. Add in the uncooked rice and toss it around briefly to toast it.
- Stir in the spices, chicken broth, salsa, corn, and black beans. Bring the liquids to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 18 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid has absorbed.
- Taste the rice and adjust seasoning to your liking. Sprinkle the tomato, cheese, and avocado over the rice and then cover once more until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Then sprinkle with green onion and cilantro and serve!