Cilantro Chicken Rice Bowls

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Take beans and rice to a whole new level with this savory chicken topping touched with the awesome sauce that is sour cream and salsa verde.

Cilantro Chicken Bowls |

The fabulous magic of mixing sour cream and green salsa together is not to be underestimated. I use it as the topping for my famous Poblano Chile Enchiladas as well as the sauce in my Chile Cheese Bake. It really is a force to be reckoned with, especially if you use Trader Joe’s Hatch Valley Salsa. Oooh my!

This sauce also makes the base of one of our family’s favorite recipes, Cilantro Chicken. It is featured in the Friends for Life Cookbook, a community fundraising cookbook that I helped put together years ago. That book is out of print, of course, but it’s full of all kinds of deliciousness. Cilantro Chicken being one of them.

The simple dish is basically sautéed chicken topped with the aforementioned awesomesauce and a generous handful of cilantro. Serve it over rice and your people will be humming with pleasure.

These Cilantro Chicken Rice Bowls are a mashup of that dish and all my favorite things. Well, all my rice and bean, Mexican-style favorite things. Things like: rice, beans, chicken, awesomesauce, fajita veggies, cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, and cilantro.

This, my friends, takes Rice and Beans to a whole new level! My sister Janel gets the credit for the  idea. Use brown rice if you’ve got time and/or want to be a little bit healthier. If not, use white. I like to use the rice cooker for a quick, hands-free way to prepare rice.

If you don’t dawdle, you can get this meal prepped and ready to serve in 30 minute or less!

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  1. Katie says

    I made this recipe this week. The only thing I changed was that I used one pint of home-canned chicken breast instead of the fresh chicken. I just mixed the taco seasoning in with the chunks and broke them up at the same time. Everyone loved this recipe and it will be added to our regular meals.

  2. Who would have thought that something so simple as mixing sour cream and salsa would yield such a tasty result?

    Thanks for the tip and the recipes, Jessica!

  3. kimmie says

    2 cups UNCOOKED rice? Doesn’t that yield 6 cups cooked? Seems like a lot for four people.

    • Feel free to use less if you like. This is for four adult servings. Our family of 8 (with three smaller eaters) sometimes goes through 3 to 4 cups.

  4. Katie says

    Tastes like Chipotle . . . . 😉

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