Monday, January 10, 2011

Aztec Chicken

Welcome to my Red Couch!

This is my version of the Aztec Chicken recipe that has been floating around the Internet.  I have made it several times and in several ways and I love it. Aztec Chicken has a fresh taste to it, just perfect for the winter doldrums.  I love the ease of it; it can be baked in a dutch oven,  in the crockpot, or in a 13 x 9 x 2 pan.  You can put it all together in the morning and then throw it in the oven in the evening. 
Around Christmas I was pleased to receive a sample pack, eight (1-pound) packages, of Gold'n Plump's ground chicken.  Gold'n Plump's ground chicken is low-fat and I found the flavor to be very fresh tasting.  It is a nice alternative to ground beef.  I made this Aztec chicken dish with the ground chicken. 

It has no added hormones!

Recipe for Aztec Chicken

1 pound ground chicken or chicken breasts
1 medium onion, diced
2 cans (14.5 ounce) black beans, drained
1 small package of frozen corn, thawed, or 2 cans (14.5 ounce) corn, drained
2-1/2 cups mild or medium salsa -- I prefer mild
1 package of taco seasoning-- low sodium is preferred
1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, cut in small pieces
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon pepper
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese -- low-fat is fine
9 corn tortillas, cut in strips
2 cups grated sharp cheddar -- low-fat is fine
Serve over rice -- my picture doesn't show the rice.

In medium skillet, cook chicken with diced onion until browned and done.  If using chicken breasts, but in small pieces before or after cooking.   Set aside.  In large bowl, add black beans, corn, salsa, taco seasoning, cilantro, cumin, and pepper.  Set aside.  In 13 x 9 x 2 baking pan, dutch oven, or crock pot,  begin to layer ingredients, using 1/3 of each of the bean and corn mixture, tortilla strips, chicken, and cream cheese.  Begin and end the layering with the corn tortillas strips.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes.  Take pan out of oven and add grated cheese.  Bake for another 15 minutes.  If using a crock pot, cook on low for about 2-1/2 hours, add cheese and cook for another 15 minutes. Watch to make sure you don't overcook.

I hope you enjoy my version of Aztec Chicken.  My sixteen year-old son went for thirds the night we served this.

 Here's a link for the Gold'n Plump Chicken's website.  At this link you can find coupons, recipes, and more information on the company.

Note:  I was given the sample pack of chicken, but was not paid to do a review.

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Valerie said...

This looks delicious! I'll give it a shot next grocery trip! Thanks for sharing!

Valerie said...

I love how it's snowing on your page, btw. So cute!

Lynn said...

Black beans aways catch my eye Joni! This sounds good, gotta love the put it together in the morning and bake when you get home:@)

Cathy said...

This casserole looks so delicious, Joni. I love the flavors you've combined in this dish and the fact that it can be made ahead.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

The flavors sound delicious together and so easy to make. Perfect for a family on the go!

Anita Diaz said...

Oh that looks so yummy right now!! I bet I could make it without the corn. For some reason, my hubby does not like corn. Thanks for stopping by! I'm about to make "snow cream" for the kids!

Holly said...

This sounds easy and delicious!:) Healthy too-I love that you've used ground chicken, the flavors sound awesome!

the country cook said...

Yum. Can't believe I've never heard of Aztec chicken before. I love recipe like this!

Sue said...

This looks so delicious, Joni! A crowd pleaser for sure!

shannon i olson said...

looks wonderful!

Jacqueline said...

Wow, it not only sounds great but on that red plate it just pops. I love your casserole dish too. Red is just gorgeous in anything. No wonder they make so many restaurants red. I would love some right now, but am too tired from undecorating all day!

Anonymous said...

now that looks gooooood, thanks for sharing, i've never seen that ground chicken so i will have to look for it! anne

Pondside said...

I don't believe that we can purchase that chicken up here - in fact I'm pretty sure that I'd have to order it from the butcher - but I'm going to try it.

Christina said...

This looks so good, I am going to print the recipe up and make it this week! Thanks

Julie Harward said...

I am going to make this for dinner has all my favorites in it, thanks for sharing :D

Unknown said...

gosh, that looks fantastic

Clements Family said...

I have been wondering what to make with my ground chicken! That looks delish!

Mostly Food and Crafts said...

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Krista said...

Nom nom nom! This looks great! I have home-cooked black beans and a huge hunk of cream cheese just begging to be thrown into this recipe.

Susan at said...

Oh yum - this sounds great! I love these flavors!


Gold'n Plump said...

Hi Pondside, On behalf of Gold'n Plump, I wanted to share more information about where you can purchase our chicken. While we don't have distribution in Canada, Gold'n Plump is available in the Pacific Northwest area stateside in Oregon and Washington at stores like McKay’s, Roth’s, Mega Foods, Yoke’s, Lep-re-kon Market, and Fiesta Foods. Happy cooking!

Christina said...

Mmmm, this sounds delicious and EASY! I love it!