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Mexican Rice Casserole Recipe

Mexican Rice Casserole

Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes

This is an adaptation of an arroz con pollo recipe from the great Rick Bayless book 'Mexican Everyday. The addition of zucchini makes it more of a complete one-pot dinner, and the seasoning has been significantly reduced in the interest of kid-friendliness.

by Catherine Newman

What you'll need

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (around 1-1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salsa and sour cream for serving


Serves 4


Smoked paprika and ancho chile powder make a smoky, subtle dish - but by all means, substitute the chile powder you've got.

How to make it

  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken first with salt and then with half the chile powder and half the smoked paprika. Sauté the chicken for 3 minutes, or until well browned, then flip and brown the other side - another 2-3 minutes. Remove them to a cutting board to cool. It won't be cooked through yet, and that's fine.
  2. In the remaining oil, sauté the onion, zucchini, and rice for 5 or so minutes until the onion starts to get translucent and the rice starts to get opaque. Stir in the garlic and the rest of the chile powder and paprika and sauté for another minute or two, then add the broth and 1 teaspoon of salt and stir well. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Slice or dice the chicken and add it to the pot with the beans, then recover and cook another 12 minutes.
  4. Now turn off the heat, stir in the cilantro, and let the pot stand, covered for 10 minutes to finish cooking the rice.
  5. Serve with salsa and sour cream.