Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Recipe of the Week! Chicken Burritos with Salsa Verde and Lime Rice

The recipe this week I actually got from my friend Jess, but then realized I also have it in one of my cook books and have never made it or even noticed it! Ha, ha. So the cook book is The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner and it is by Liz Edmunds. Now, it is a pretty good recipe book that I would recommend. However, cute Liz practically forced me to buy it and kept exclaiming, "It will change your life honey!" It is autographed by her and I made bread for the first time, french baguettes to be exact and they were yum-mo! But, I am sorry, it did not change my life, she is so funny....anyway, here it is! The rice recipe is great to make also as a aide and if you are making Cafe Rio salads! It is kind of Cafe Rio inspired I would say.

Chicken Burritos With Salsa Verde and Lime

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt and ground black pepper
1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained
Santa Fe Lime Rice (recipe to follow)
6 burrito sizes flour tortillas
1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese or Monterey Jack

1 cup bottled salsa verde
1 (0.4 oz) packet buttermilk dressing mix (ranch)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp minced garlic
½ tsp coarse salt
1 TBLS fresh limejuice
¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ cup sugar
Dash Tabasco (optional)

1. Prepare the rice and keep warm.
2. Meanwhile, grill (or broil) the chicken breasts over medium heat, until tender and no longer pink. Shred the chicken with two forks and season with salt and pepper.
3. To make the sauce, put all the sauce ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Heat the sauce in a saucepan or the microwave.
4. Heat the black beans in a saucepan or the microwave
5. To assemble burritos: Divide the chicken among the tortillas. Add a scoop of rice and a scoop of beans to each one. Fold up the bottom third of one tortilla over the filling, fold in the sides, and then fold down the top. Repeat for the remaining tortilla’s
6. Preheat the broiler to low and adjust the oven rack to about 6 inches from the heat. Place the filled burritos seam side down in a broiler pan, or oblong metal pan, and pour the sauce over all. Sprinkle with cheese.
7. Place the pan under the broiler, watch closely and broil until the sauce is bubbly, just a few minutes.

Variations: As an alternative to broiling, bake the burritos, topped with sauce and cheese, in the oven at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, until the sauce is bubbly. Or simply serve the filled burritos on a platter and pass the heated sauce and the cheese in separate bowls.

Santa Fe Lime Rice

1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
2 cups chicken broth
¼ tsp salt
Juice of ½ lime
2 TBLS butter
2 TBLS chopped fresh cilantro
¼ tsp ground cumin

Combine the rice, broth, and slat in a large saucepan over med-high heat. Bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to simmer and add the lime juice, butter, cilantro, and cumin. Stir, cover, and simmer 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender.


Jessica said...

I have this exact book and it is the only recipe I have had from it and I LOVE It! The rice is so good I make it all the time!

Scrappy Sugar Girl said...

Thank you for posting this. I don't have cookbook. I saw episode and wrote down recipe off the show. I love this recipe! But after a year I missplaced the recipe and couldn't find the episode online.