Salsa Chicken Casserole

This recipe was shared by Tip Hero (written recipe here). Besides my mother’s obsession with bananas, it seems apparent she also likes anything taco related.

Here is what you need:

1 cup uncooked rice
1 cup corn kernels
1-15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1-16-ounce jar salsa
1 cup chicken broth
1-½ teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1-1/2 pounds chicken breasts, thawed
1 cup shredded cheese blend
2 green onions, sliced- I didn’t use these because Josh used them all before I made this

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The recipe states you can use an 8×8 pan.  The video used a nicer casserole dish.  I had a casserole dish with a lid that looks about 8×8 so I used that.

The best part of this recipe is the easy assembly.  Directly into your dish, combine the rice, beans, corn, salsa, broth, cayenne, and oregano.  Now in the written directions it never said when to use the salt and pepper.  I just threw it in with everything else.  When I watched the video later, I saw they sprinkled it on top of the chicken.  I can’t win with this shit.  If I just watch the video, I mess up.  If I just read the directions, I mess up.

The directions say to cut your chicken into 3 pieces.  I found this weird since the ingredients said 2 chicken breasts but then wanted 3 pieces.  I cut both my pieces in half. I’m such a rebel.  Place the chicken on top of everything and kind of smush it into the liquid as much as possible.

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Cover tightly and bake this at 375 degrees F for 1 hour. You want the rice to be cooked and the liquid to be gone.  Sprinkle on your cheese and bake again until it has melted.  I put it in for 3 minutes uncovered.  Garnish with your green onions.

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As far as taste goes, it was a good level of spice for me and wasn’t too bad.  The only downside is that the rice didn’t cook evenly.  Some of it was mushy, some was perfect, and some was crunchy.  It was like all 3 bears’ rice in one dish.  With that said, I still ate it all.  Even my cat, Batman, ate some of it.  He’s a jerk.

Check out my Instagram @yourmomsposts to see the video of my asshole cat eating this right off my plate.

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