Arroz con Pollo....

Last night I made this scrumptous dish! It was an attempt/trial so I can make it for my meal swap with friends! After making it I have included my "tweaks" to the original recipe I started with from a freezer ready cookbook!!! Enjoy

**For those of you following VEGGIE VOICE (who, by the way, welcomed her little bundle of joy yesterday-YEAH) feel free to eliminate the chicken and broth and replace with veg. broth...would be good meatless as well!

Shopping list
white rice
black beans
frozen corn
chicken breasts
garlic salt
chicken broth
marinara sauce
red bell pepper
ground cumin
minced garlic
shredded cheddar cheese

1c. uncooked white rice
1 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1c. frozen corn
6 4oz chicken breasts, chopped or halved (to your liking)
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 c. chicken broth
1c. store bought salsa
1c. store bought marinara
1/2c. red bell pepper, diced
1/2c. scallions
1/4c. fresh cilantro (this MADE the dish in my opnion)
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. minced garlic
2c. shredded cheddar

Spray a 9X13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Prepare the rice according to the package directions. Spread the rice over the bottom of the prepared dish. Place 1c. of shredded cheese over the rice. Top with beans, corn and chicken, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl combine broth, salsa, marinara sauce, bell peppers, scallions, cilantro, cumin and garlic, mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture over the chicken and top with remaining cheese. (this would be the point to cover and freeze if you are making extra dishes of it for later use).

Bake at 350 for 1 to 1 1/4 hours (note: My chicken didn't seem to get all the way done, next time I may actually cook/saute the chicken a little to 'help' it along...just a thought)! May want to serve with extra salsa for those who like it saucier.

FEEL FREE TO DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THIS RECIPE and make a few EXTRA casseroles for the freezer! The leftovers (which I am not usually a fan of were AMAZING)! From freezer: Thaw in refrigerator overnight and bake as directed above.

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