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Santa Fe Chicken Recipe

Santa Fe Chicken Recipe

Chicken and rice are dressed up with a zippy sauce for a complete meal that’s ready in a dash. Garnished with fresh cilantro, it’s a festive weeknight supper or special occasion menu. –Jon Carole Gilbreath of Tyler, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, saute onion and jalapeno in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Stir in rice.
  • 2. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and cumin; place over rice mixture. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.
  • 3. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1 cup rice mixture equals 412 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 966 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 33 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.