Southwestern Chicken and Rice Bake

Southwesterm Chicken Rice Bake
Diana Rattray
    60 min
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This is an easy and tasty chicken meal, perfect for a busy day. This southwestern chicken casserole is made with diced chicken, black beans and corn, cooked rice, and seasonings, along with an easy homemade sauce and optional cheese topping.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 can (11 to 15 ounces) Mexican-style corn, drained
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, slightly drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro, optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red or chipotle pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 cup Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, optional

How to Make It