Mexican Chicken Casserole

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Ingredients

1 lb. chicken breasts, chopped into bite-size pieces

1 cup brown rice or quinoa, uncooked 

2 Tbsp olive oil 

1 bell pepper, diced

1 white onion, diced 

1/2 cup spinach or kale, chopped 

2 cloves garlic, minced 

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can fire roasted tomatoes, drained 

1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

2 Tbsp chili powder 

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper 

Makes an excellent meal prep recipe for the week.

Makes an excellent meal prep recipe for the week.

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat 1-2 Tbsp olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and cook in skillet until fully cooked (no longer pink in middle) about 5 minutes each side. While chicken is cooking, add all seasonings (chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne) along with garlic, onion, and pepper. Cook for a few minutes, until onions and peppers are softened. 

2. Prepare the brown rice or quinoa in a large pot by measuring 1 cup uncooked quinoa and combining with 2 cups of water. Bring to boil, then lower to a simmer and cover for about 12-15 minutes. Fluff quinoa with fork.

3. Add the chicken, pepper, and onion mixture to the large pot of quinoa. Drain and rinse the cans of black beans and fire-roasted dice tomatoes. Add to large pot with the spinach (or kale) and cook (on low) for about 2 minutes. Add the greek yogurt, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese. Stir together until well-combined and pour into a casserole dish (sprayed with non-stick cooking spray). 

4. Sprinkle the remaining cheese (1/4 cup cheddar, 1/4 cup mozzarella) on top of casserole and bake for 15-20 minutes. Cheese should be slightly brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool several minutes before serving. Serves 8-10. 

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