Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

Here’s an interesting take on an enchilada casserole.  I’d been looking for something different to do with all the quinoa in my pantry and settled on this.  It was a great success and quickly consumed.  I used spicy enchilada sauce which gave it a good kick.  Next time I will likely add a can of hatch green chiles.  If you are feeling adventurous add in some jalapenos as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dry Quinoa, cook according to package directions1 pound Chicken Breast, trim to bite sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups diced Yellow Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) Spicy Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack or Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Green Onion (place in bowl)
  • 1 Avocado, cut into pieces & placed in bowl with juice of one lemon squeezed over
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

Directions

  1. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Spray a large bake safe casserole (5 3/4 quart size) dish with some cooking spray.
  2. Cook quinoa, fluff with a fork and toss with enchilada sauce. Set aside in large bowl
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook onion for a few minutes until fragrant & slightly browned.
  4. Add chicken and seasonings. Brown chicken a few minutes on each side. Make sure every piece is coated with seasonings.
  5. If needed, cook a few more minutes until chicken is opaque & cooked through.
  6. Add chicken to bowl with quinoa and toss to combine. Transfer to casserole dish.
  7. Top with cheeses. Bake uncovered for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  8. Set the oven to broil. Bake for a few more minutes (about 4 minutes) until cheese is slightly browned & bubbly. Watch carefully so it does not burn.
  9. Top with fresh avocado & green onion. Serve salsa & sour cream on the side. (Note: we let each person top their own to fit their preferences)
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Locro de Papa

locrodepapaOn a recent visit to Ecuador, I had this homemade soup and couldn’t wait to get back and try to make it.  This recipe is simple and the soup easily serves 5, even if some of them are teenagers.  It was great and will be served again.  We served this with Colombian arepas.  Traditional Ecuadorian serving suggestions can be found online.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoons aji amarillo paste (can order online)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 pounds yellow potatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 5 ounces Monterrey jack cheese, grated
  • Diced avocado for garnish (optional)
  • Crumbled queso fresco cheese, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Directions:

  1. In advance of cooking, boil chicken thighs in water with green onion, celery, carrots and salt for 30 minutes.  Strain and reserve liquid to use as stock and set chicken aside.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a heavy soup pot. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and optional aji amarillo paste. Sauté onions over low heat until soft, fragrant and translucent.
  3. While the onions are cooking, peel the potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes. Set aside.
  4. When the onions are soft and golden, add 1 cup of the chicken stock. Remove mixture to a blender and process until you have a smooth puree. Set aside.
  5. Add the potatos to the soup pot along with 1 tablespoon butter. Sauté until potatoes are fragrant and just start to turn golden.
  6. Add onion liquid back to the pot with the potatoes, along with another cup of chicken stock and 2 cups water. Bring liquid to a simmer, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook potatoes until they are very tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  7. Mash the potatoes thoroughly in the pot with a potato masher.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk the egg together with the cream and milk. Whisk a cup of the hot soup mixture into the milk and cream, then add it all to the soup, whisking to blend.
  9. Whisk in the grated cheese until melted. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve soup hot, place chicken in bottom of bowl, cover with soup and garnish with chopped avocado and crumbled queso fresco cheese.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

cheesychickenricecassThis is a new recipe I created on the fly tonight.  Fortunately it turned out well and was devoured by the kids.  This makes enough for a 9×13 and 8×8 baking dish to both be cooked.  The key is to only put the casserole in about 1/2 to 2/3 full, because we add biscuits for a topping.  Try this sometime!

Ingredients

  • Two chicken breasts
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 oz. nacho cheese sauce
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can biscuits

Directions

  1. Boil two chicken breasts in water with Goya Sazon (coriander and achiote)  two chicken bullion cubes, drain and and shred when finished. Set aside.
  2. In a rice cooker, make 4 cups (cooked) of rice.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup, 3/4 cup sour cream, 2/3 can of nacho cheese sauce and 1 cup milk
  4. Add in Rice and chicken and 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, mix thoroughly
  5. Pour into casserole dishes
  6. Bake for 15 minutes at 350°
  7. Add biscuit layer and continue cooking until golden brown usually 15-20 minutes.(I use the flaky canned biscuits and pull them in half)

Hominy and Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This is a delicious and rich casserole that is southwestern but not spicy.  It serves four, although the recipe I cribbed it from said it served 8.  Not with three boys in the house!  I served it over Sweet Sour Cream Cornbread with Blackeyed Peas on the side.  It was gone before I knew what happened.

Serves 4

Prep Time – 25 minutes

Cook Time – 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Golden Hominy
  • 1 can Green Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can diced green chilis
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 reduced fat sour cream
  • 3/4 cup of Shredded Cheese
  • 3 or 4 sprigs cilantro

Directions

  1. Cut breast  in half if thick.  Boil chicken for 20-30 minutes with cilantro.
  2. Drain and cube chicken
  3. Preheat oven to 375
  4. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray
  5. Combine all ingredeints except for the cheese, in the baking dish ( I used a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish)
  6. Season with salt, garlic salt or  spicier pepper seasonings to taste
  7. Top with shredded cheese
  8. Cover with lid or foil and bake for 25 minutes
  9. Uncover and bake for another 10 minutes.
  10. Allow to sit for 10 minutes and serve.

 

Sudado de Pollo (Chicken Stew, Colombian Style)

This recipe turned out great and the kids pronounced it my closest to authentic Colombian food effort yet.  Not bad I guess.  After six years, I can finally kind of cook like a Colombian, sometimes.  This was served over white rice with arepas and yuca frita.  Once again, my source for this great recipe is the My Colombian Recipes website.  The recipe is essentially unmodified.  My changes are noted below other than the fact that the original recipe calls for only one garlic clove.  Robinson thought that was not enough.  My only other suggestion would be a couple more potatoes.  We ran out during seconds.

(Serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 8 Chicken drumsticks or thighs, without the skin (I used boneless/skinless)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped red or yellow bell pepper
  • 5 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube*
  • 1 tablespoon sazon goya with azafran
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 small yellow potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 cups water*

Directions

1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and red pepper and sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, garlic, salt and ground pepper and sauté for 5 more minutes.

2. Add the chicken, water, chicken bouillon, sazon Goya and cumin powder. Cover and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the potatoes and cilantro and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

4. Serve over white rice

*In lieu of the water and bullion cube, I used about 3 1/2 cups of frozen chicken stock that I thawed for this recipe!  I think this was a large part of why it tasted so authentic.

Satay Chicken

This is a really easy recipe for the marinade needed to make Satay chicken.  The easiest way to make this is using the boneless, skinless chicken tenders available at the store.  You can also hand cut breast or thigh cuts.  I didn’t have any turmeric powder, but it didn’t matter because the flavor was still really close to what you are looking for.  Serve this with peanut sauce, although one of the kids used the chili garlic sauce and liked it a lot.

Ingredients

Ingredients
  • 1 – 1.5 lbs Chicken Tenders or  Chicken Thigh /Breast cuts, skin and fat removed
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Coriander Powder (or Goya Achiote and Coriander seasoning)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sweet Paprika Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Curry Powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Directions

  1. Chop the onion in a food processor.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a plastic bag.
  3. Add chicken and shake well.
  4. Allow to marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour – overnight.
  5. Weave chicken on bamboo skewers and grill 5-10 minutes per side until done

Easy Chicken and Rice Bake (Lo-Cal)

This recipe is nothing special.  It is quick, easy, and relatively nutritious.  The recipe can be made in 60 minutes, start to finish and goes for about 330 calories with only 7 grams of fat.  Use a low sodium soup if you can.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (10.5 oz) cream of chicken or cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. In a separate bowl mix soup, rice, water and paprika.
  3. Spray 13×9 baking dish with non-stick spray, and pour soup and rice mix into bottom of dish
  4. Place 4 chicken breast on top of rice
  5. Sprinkle additional paprika over the chicken breasts
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes

When finished the rice should be creamy but not soupy.  If you have water standing, keep cooking it.