Cheesy Jalapeno, Chicken and Rice Casserole

This wasn’t supposed to be a cheesy jalapeno, chicken and rice casserole recipe, this was supposed to be burrito-like stuff jalapenos recipe but I really didn’t think through the execution. Getting all the ingredients into the halved jalapenos, no matter how large they were, was a challenge so I instead aligned all the jalapenos neatly in a dish, topped with all the ingredients and voila! Cheesy Jalapeno Chicken and Rice Casserole! Here are a few step by step photos.

jalapenos-halved

I stuffed the jalapenos with the rice, beans an cotija cheese but I still had not added the chicken and as you can see I didn’t have much more room.

stuffed jalapenos

 

cotija-cheese

shredded-chicken

Once I shredded the chicken I just spread it over the stuffed jalapenos. I then spooned in the leftover sauce from the chicken so the dish wouldn’t dry out while baking.

chicken-jalapenos

When it’s done baking, serve it immediately while the cheese is still melted!

jalapeno-casserole

The casserole was a hit! My only regret was having to hollow out all the jalapenos because of the lightweights in the room! Yes, you heard that correctly and these were only jalapenos! I figured by now I would have built up their heat tolerance levels but guess I have to keep working on that. 🙂 I’ll have to plan a hot sauce tasting next time and see if I can convert a few.

You can have this cheesy jalapeno, chicken and rice casserole for game day or a week night dinner. It will go well on its own, in a tortilla wrap or as an appetizer. The peppers get tender soft with crispy chicken on top but the melted cortija and Mexican blended cheese brings it all together. If you want it spicier, don’t remove all the seeds or inner lining of pepper, just scoop out enough to get enough ingredients into each jalapeno…then top with chop up serrano peppers!  Let me know what you think if you decide to make it. Enjoy!

Cheesy Jalapeno, Chicken and Rice Casserole
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
Stewed Chicken
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 chipotles peppers in adobo
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1-2 tsp Goya Adobo seasoning
Stewed Beans
  • 1 can small red beans
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Goya Adobo
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Few cilantro leaves
Remaining Ingredients
  • 1 cup of rice
  • salt
  • 8-10 large jalapenos, halved
  • ½ cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • ¾ cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
Instructions
  1. For the chicken, in a heavy saucepan on medium heat, heat up oil. When oil is hot add the onions an cooked until translucent. Add the tomato paste, chiles, garlic and Adobo seasoning. Cook for about 1 minute while stirring.
  2. Add the chicken and let the fat cook off the chicken. Cook on one side for about 5 minutes then turn and cook the other side for about 5 minutes. Add about 1 cup of water to the saucepan and cover. Cook for about another 10 minutes but keep an eye on it to be sure the chicken doesn't completely dry out. Taste the sauce to make sure it's well seasoned and adjust with more Adobo or water to taste.
  3. While chicken is cooking, in another smaller saucepan, cook the onions in oil until translucent. Add the beans, tomato paste, oregano, Adobo, black pepper, cilantro and about ½ cup of water. Since beans are already cooked you just need to heat up enough so the flavors meld well together, about 5 minutes.
  4. In a separate small pot, salt the water for the rice and cook as per the package instructions..
  5. Once everything is done, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the rice and beans in a bowl and add the cotija cheese. Stuff each of the jalapeno peppers with the mixture and add each individual, stuffed jalapeno to the bottom of the casserole dish.
  6. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred the chicken with a fork, then top the stuffed jalapenos. Drizzle any of the remaining juices from the chicken over the chicken and jalapenos.
  7. As a final step, top the dish with the shredded cheese and bake for about 15 minutes and top of dish is crispy and cheese is melted.

 

Roasted Shishito Peppers With Habanero Infused Olive Oil

roasted shishito peppers

I love a good roasted chile pepper, especially one you can just pop in your mouth for a quick and easy snack! These Japanese Shishito peppers aren’t spicy but sometimes you bite into one that really surprises you. You might get a few out of a bunch that are spicy hot but that’s the interesting part, the flavors balance out and deliver a kick when you least expect it!

The Shishito pepper is bright green and is easily recognized by it’s wrinkled finger-like shape.

Roasted they’re great as an appetizer, just sprinkle a little sea salt! I drizzled a habanero infused olive oil just for more heat but not too much so as to not mask the flavor of the peppers. Pair it with an ice cold Pilsner or Lager for a game day snack.

You can also chop these up and toss with a salad, top a pizza, add to your omelet, so many options!

Roasted Shishito Peppers

Dozen Shishito peppers
Habanero infused olive oil
Sea salt

Drizzle the peppers with olive oil and toss around. Place peppers on aluminum foil or a cookie sheet and broil for a couple minutes each side. Make sure you keep an eye on them since they roast fairly quickly. Sprinkle a dash or two of sea salt and eat right away.