twenty minute salsa chicken and rice

twenty minute salsa chicken and rice

prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 20 minutes
ready in: 35 minutes

makes: 4 servings, 2 cups each


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups instant brown or white rice
  • 2 Tablespoons salsa, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium, fat-free chicken broth

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  1. In a bowl combine chicken and garlic powder and mix together. Let chicken marinate covered, under refrigeration until needed.
  2. In a 4-quart pot, add rice, chicken broth and 1 tablespoon of salsa together and bring to a boil. Let the rice simmer until cooked to desired texture.
  3. In a skillet, brown chicken for 7 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout. (The meat should no longer be pink when cut with a knife and should register 165°F on a meat thermometer). Add remaining salsa to chicken and mix together.
  4. To serve, place the rice on a plate and top with chicken. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and sprigs of fresh cilantro.

per serving: 380 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 65mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 57g carbohydrates, 3g dietary fiber, 34g protein