Chicken Fiesta Bowls are a deliciously easy, nutritious dinner option. Gracias for SHARING!
Chicken Fiesta Bowls
Chicken Fiesta Bowls are another successful Kowlaski’s recipe that falls into the easy meal category. First of all, you start with protein-rich brown rice, black beans, cheese and chicken. Then you add fresh spinach for a nice kick of color and important vitamins. Finally, you top with salsa, chives and pickled jalapenos to amp up the flavor.
Speaking of flavor, there’s a great deal of flexibility with this recipe. Initially, I thought there was too much flexibility. By that I mean, there was more emphasis on optional ingredients than on specific quantities and instructions. But don’t worry! By experimenting a little, I managed to create a winning combination that you can enjoy as well. However, don’t feel like you need to stick to the script. Ad lib a little with some of these ideas:
- add steamed fresh or frozen corn
- substitute queso fresco for the shredded cheddar
- top with chopped avocado or guacamole
- add a dollop of sour cream
Dinner Tonight by Kowalski’s
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2 c. cooked brown rice (I used 2 packages of Uncle Ben's Brown Ready Rice which cooks in 90 seconds in the microwave!)
2 handfuls of torn baby spinach
1/2 c. drained and rinsed canned black beans
1 lb shredded or chopped rotisserie chicken or sliced grilled chicken
shredded cheddar or Mexican 4 cheese blend, to taste
medium salsa, to taste (or select whatever heat level you prefer)
sliced green onion or snipped chives
sliced pickled jalapenos, optional
chopped cilantro, optional
Cook brown rice according to package instructions.
Combine in microwave safe bowl; brown rice, spinach, black beans and chicken, mixing to combine. Microwave, covered, for a minute or two until spinach wilts and all ingredients are warm, mixing again after heating.
Divide mixture between 4 microwave safe individual bowls. Top each with cheese and salsa. Cover and microwave just until cheese is melted, about another 30 seconds to 1 minute per bowl. Top with green onion, pickled jalapenos and chopped cilantro, if desired.
Note - microwave wattage and cook times vary. Start by using less time, check food, and then continue heating, as required, to insure everything is warm.
Adapted from Dinner Tonight by Kowalski's Chicken Fiesta Bowls