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Mojito Lime Cilantro Chicken and Rice

Make this for those busy weeks when having leftovers is a must. Remember that this will make TWO 9x13 inch pans. Thanks, 4 Little Fergusons, for this great recipe idea (note some of the changes I made)!
Servings: 2 9x13 Pans
Author: Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Ingredients

Marinade for chicken:

Rice layer:

  • 4 cups of your favorite rice uncooked
  • 6 cups homemade stock Most store-bought has MSG, but this one works in a pinch
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 3 Tablespoons butter pastured butter is best
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • Pepper to your taste

Cilantro lime ranch dressing layer:

Instructions

  • Marinate chicken overnight or even just for a couple of hours.  NOTE:  I rarely remember to marinate the chicken ahead of time and it's still delicious--I just stir fry the marinade ingredients (not the mint) with the chicken in a pan on medium heat and break it up into bite-sized pieces as it cooks.
  • Prepare rice (according to the directions, depending on the rice you're using) with the broth and butter.  Once it's cooked add the cilantro, salt and pepper and fluff it up.
  • Next mix up all the ingredients for the homemade cilantro lime ranch dressing.  Taste-test to see if you want more of any of the seasonings to make it dreamy.

Start assembling ingredients in two buttered 9×13 pans:

  • Rice on the bottom.
  • Place chicken pieces around the top evenly.
  • Drizzle/spread around the homemade cilantro lime ranch dressing -- poke holes with a knife down into the rice so the sauce goes down in there a little.
  • Dollop salsa around the top.
  • Spread cheese around evenly.
  • Bake at 350* for 30 minutes or just 'til hot all the way through.  If you're freezing one, I used toothpicks to keep the wrap on top from sticking to the cheese.  Later when you pull it out to eat it, first let thaw overnight in the fridge, and then bake at 350* for 30 minutes.