California Chicken Bake

Enjoy this delicious cheesy chicken arranged over rice flavored with Old El Paso® Salsa – perfect if you love Mexican dinner.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 1 hr 25 min
  • ingredients 6
  • servings 4
 

Ingredients

8
oz. (2 cups) shredded taco-flavored cheese blend
3/4
cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
1/4
cup chopped fresh cilantro
1
cup Old El Paso™ Salsa
1
cup water
4
boneless skinless chicken breast halves

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12x8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2 Reserve 1/2 cup cheese for topping. In large bowl, combine remaining cheese, rice, cilantro, salsa and water; mix well. Spoon into sprayed baking dish; spread evenly. Arrange chicken breast halves over rice mixture. Cover with foil.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 55 to 65 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender and juices run clear, and rice is tender. Uncover; sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12x8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2 Reserve 1/2 cup cheese for topping. In large bowl, combine remaining cheese, rice, cilantro, salsa and water; mix well. Spoon into sprayed baking dish; spread evenly. Arrange chicken breast halves over rice mixture. Cover with foil.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 55 to 65 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender and juices run clear, and rice is tender. Uncover; sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Salsa is the Spanish word for "sauce." Mexican cuisine includes many raw and cooked salsas based on tomatoes or tomatillos with chiles. Salsa can be chunky or smooth, depending on the size of the vegetable pieces in it.

To test rice for doneness, remove a small amount from the casserole. Let it cool slightly. The rice is done when it's tender in the center.

Fresh cilantro sprigs are an easy, colorful garnish for this casserole.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
500
(
Calories from Fat
200),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
22%
(Saturated Fat
14g,
14%
),
Cholesterol
130mg
130%;
Sodium
970mg
970%;
Total Carbohydrate
34g
34%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
42g
42%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 5 Very Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.