Mexican Chicken and Rice

Spicy, zesty, packed with flavor this dish is a pan of intense flavor! The chicken cooks up juicy and tender, the rice is filled with robust richness, and the aroma as it cooks is heaven sent.

Product Highlight:

Today’s recipe highlights our chili lime salt. Crafted to add a spicy sweet kick to your dishes the salt also tenderizes and is the perfect complement to chicken as in today’s dish, Mexican Chicken and Rice. The chicken bakes up juicy and tender. To highlight the South American flavors, we added some diced jalapeno, Spanish onion and a pinch of cayenne to the marinade.

Spanish Rice:

We are serving the chicken with one of our favorite side dishes, a Spanish rice. Our trick is to sauté the rice in butter to brown it first. We like to use a blend of three rice variations to add texture. We use our chili lime salt with a handful of other spices to kick it up a notch. Then we add some broth and veggies letting it simmer for a perfect tender and fluffy rice.

Mexican Chicken and Rice

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Marinade 4 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound chicken breast, boneless and skinless
  • Chili Lime Salt, to taste

Marinade:

  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/2 Spanish onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lime, zested & juiced

Rice:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup ambrosia rice
  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, died
  • 14 ounces stewed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons chili lime salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken in a shallow dish and season with some chili lime salt. In a medium bowl add the jalapeno, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cayenne (more or less depending on how hot you like it), brown sugar, olive oil, and the zest and juice from the lime. Pour over the chicken. Turn the chicken pieces to coat well. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to cook, heat the oven to 375°F. Transfer the chicken to a roasting pan. Spoon the marinade into a food processor and pulse to a paste. Brush over the chicken. Place in oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes.
  • Meanwhile cook the rice. In a large skillet melt the butter. Add the rice and sauté over medium heat until orzo starts to brown, stirring frequently.
  • Slowly stir in the broth. Then add the red pepper, jalapenos, and stewed tomatoes. Stir in the chili lime salt, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
Keyword Chicken, Rice
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