I am desperate for Spring. It’s cold for March. Colder than normal, and it looks as if it’s going to stay cold for awhile longer. UGH. Even the couple sunny days we seem to get during the week aren’t helping my SAD. I’m just ready for winter to be DONE. I did perk up a bit in the afternoon, so I wasn’t as cranky by the end of the day. Still, we’re expecting more snow (a dusting, I hope), so my cheer is fleeting.
And since it’s still so crummy out, I’m in the mood for warm, heavy food. Casseroles, carb-heavy meals, all stuff that makes me just want to hibernate until May. I went looking for something to make and came across a recipe for a Fiesta Chicken Bake.
It’s spicy, cheesy and delicious. Perfect for a chilly day.
And the leftovers are going to make some delicious burritos in a couple days!
3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 tsp. onion powder
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 11 oz. can of corn with red & green peppers added, drained
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cumin
salt & ground black pepper
Hot sauce, to taste (optional)
1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the chicken in a 3-quart baking dish, season with salt and pepper, then toss with 1-2 tsp. of olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing the chicken occasionally to make sure it's cooking evenly.
In a mixing bowl, toss together the tomatoes, corn, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Add the hot sauce if desired, and mix all together.
Once the chicken has cooked for 30 minutes, pour the sauce over the chicken, and return to the oven for 20-30 minutes more, or until cooked through.
Remove from the oven, top with the shredded cheese, and serve over rice.
I hopped on the elliptical while this was baking and cleaned my plate in a matter of minutes, it was that good. Jay had two good-sized helpings, and the bambino ate one piece of chicken and about half a spoonful of rice.
I should stop complaining about the weather. Soon enough, it’ll be summer, and I’ll be griping about the heat!