Cinco De Mayo Chicken Casserole

"When I wasn't able to get to the market for Cinco de Mayo, I came up with this recipe. You can use fresh corn and bell peppers. There is certainly room for improvements, but I was impressed with the flavors. Serve with a great salad with Salsa Ranch dressing."
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F Lightly coat a 13x9 in baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl combine cumin, onion powder, paprika, salt, and chili powder. Add chicken and toss to coat. Set aside.
  • Heat a 12 inch saute pan over medium high heat and add 2 tbls oil. Saute red onion for 3 minutes. Add corn and bell peppers saute 5 minutes then add garlic. Saute until lightly browned, about 3 minutes more. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In same pan over medium low heat add chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, remaining olive oil, and rice. Saute rice until sauce and oil are absorbed.
  • Add chicken broth, cream cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Heat to a simmer then add veggie mix. Cook for 5 minutes or until heat through and the cream cheese is incorporated.
  • Prepare corn bread as directed on package. Add 1/4 cup shredded cheese.
  • Add chicken to rice mixture and gently stir. Spoon chicken and rice into baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Spoon corn bread mix over the top of the cheese and spread evenly.
  • Place in oven for 35 minutes or until corn bread, tested with a toothpick comes out clean.

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  1. No delineation about whether or not the rice and chicken should have been cooked before putting them in the oven? My assumption was that it was NOT to be cooked, since there was no specification in the ingredient list, nor was it listed as a step in the cooking process. I had to boil the rice in the salsa mixture to try to cook the rice, then realized as I put the entire thing in the oven that 30 minutes would not be enough time to cook the chicken. The sad thing is that I tasted the recipe throughout, and the sauce was delicious (the only reason I did not give this one star). Some really bad recipe writing. I would like to come back and try it again when the recipe is updated properly.



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