I’ve seen recipes for salsa chicken floating around the Internet for years, but they all seem to involve the slow cooker, which I don’t use. That’s why I was so excited when my friend, Melissa, posted this recipe. A skillet salsa chicken was right up my alley and I knew it would pair beautifully with cilantro lime rice.
What a show-stopper. Katie isn’t a picky eater and loves pretty much everything I make, but she couldn’t stop raving about this one. After every bite she said some variation of, “Mommy, you are an amazing cooker. I’m so lucky to have you cook for me. Can you make this again soon?” I was right there with her, practically swooning over the delicious flavors, especially when I mixed the rice and chicken together with the creamy avocado. Yum, yum, yum.
And the best part – dinner took almost no time to make so we could play after dinner. That’s a win-win in my book.
Skillet Salsa Chicken with Cilantro Lime Rice
Slightly adapted from Hunt, Cook, Eat
1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups salsa
1 cup chicken stock or water
1 cup corn kernels
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon lime juice
Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
1 cup dry basmati rice
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
Diced avocado, for serving
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat with just a touch of olive oil. Add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes until no longer pink. Add the onion and saute for another 2-3 minutes until onion is soft and chicken is cooked through. Add minced garlic (if using) and stir for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the seasonings, salsa, water, corn and black beans to the pan and stir to combine.
Turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sour cream and lime juice. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro.
To make the rice, follow the directions on the package. My basmati calls for soaking the rice beforehand (which I highly recommend). Once you’ve cooked the rice, drizzle the lime juice and oil over the top while it’s still warm. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro and salt, then fluff with a fork.
To serve, pile some rice in a shallow bowl and top with some of the chicken. Add diced avocado and serve.