Monday, June 1, 2015

Nacho Rice - Create a Skillet

Sometimes you think it is going to be a regular old dinner and you totally knock it out of the park!

I didn't really know what to call this but the name is pretty catchy, don't ya think? 

The other night, we rushed around like mad, busy day - outside chores, suddenly I realize it is past dinner time and No Wonder everyone is so darn grumpy - we're all starving! So I stand in front of the pantry and think, "what can I make... fast?" 

Chicken and Rice is almost a guaranteed eat around here, but sometimes I wonder if it gets a little too boring. So I grabbed the chicken out of the freezer (yes, I was really that unprepared!) - and popped it into the microwave to defrost. I grabbed some rice from the pantry and started to empty the contents of the fridge onto the counter...   Some sliced olives from pizza night, a bag of frozen corn, the last little bit of a bowl of salsa that someone poured and didn't finish, a few green onions from the back of the crisper, I was really digging it out from waaay in the back. By this time, the chicken was thawed and dinner was quickly on the way. 

I followed the Create a Skillet steps - Once you do it a few times, you won't feel like you need to follow the steps so closely - and then one day - you'll end up making something and your family will keep saying, "you need to make this again" & "remember how you did this, you should make this again". Huzzah!! Success!!


1 TB Oil
4 Chicken Breasts - Cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cups rice
3 1/2 - 4  cups water
1/2 c Salsa
1 Bag Frozen Corn

Toppings of Choice - Olives, Green Onions, Sour Cream (You could add beans, jalapenos, shredded cheese, white or purple onions, avocado, cilantro, bacon, lettuce... asparagus... what?!?

1.  In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink in center.

2 Add water and salsa; heat to boiling.

3. Stir in vegetables, rice, salt and pepper.

4. Cover and Reduce heat for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. (Basically just cook it at this point like you would normally just cook rice)

5. Serve up and top with everything you dug out of your fridge.

** 5 steps might make this seem more complicated that it is, Essentially you just boil water and you're done!!