Tuesday, January 5, 2010

One Pot Spanish Rice and Chicken and what to do with leftovers

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program I recieved two jars of Pace Picante sauce, one medium and one mild.

Using the Pace chunky milk sauce I came up with an easy one pot meal that will feed the hungry men at your superbowl party. The best part.... i came up with a way to revamp the recipe the second day too!

The basic ingredients: 1 jar of pace chunky salsa, minisweet bellpeppers to taste, 1 medium onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 boneless skinless chicken breast, dried red chili pepper, and 3 cups chicken broth

In a pot add one tablespoon of olive oil. When it is warm add the sliced onion, garlic, red chili pepper and bell pepper, allowing it to sweat on medium heat.

Next add the diced boneless skinless chicken breast and cook it just long enough so that it is no longer pink on the outside. Now add the 2 cups of rice ( I like to rinse the rice before hand, it prevents the dish from getting too sticky). Allow the rice to toast a little and release its aromatic flavor/scent.

Since the Salsa already has spices and jalapeno's in it, your job is easy - just add one jar of the salsa and 3 cups of broth to the above mixture. Bring it to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. It will be ready in 25-30 minutes.

This recipe makes about.9.5 1-cup servings. Each serving has about 200 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, and 8-9 grams of protein.

Now, its the day after the Super Bowl, you are tired but the family is hungry ( and im assuming you are like the rest of us and is trying to adapt a healthier lifestyle this new year hehe). Just pull out the leftovers from yesterday. I personally don't like chicken leftovers so I scooped out one cup of the rice only and set it aside. In a small pan, I sprayed some pam and sauteed 2 egg whites. I then added the rice and some chopped cilantro warming it through.... the result?


  1. looks great, I love Spanish rice

  2. What an easy way to make great rice! Love it!

  3. This looks great Marina! I am totally inspired to go get some salsa right now... except that I'm stuck in an office for 2 more hours. But soon.

  4. Both of these look great, Marina! And, you know the Caveman likes it when things are easy to make. ;)

  5. What a creative way to make leftovers edible! I usually hate leftovers but I love the challenge of resurrecting them into a unique dish. I'll have to try this soon!