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Slow-Cooker Southwest Cheesy Chicken and Rice

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 50 min
  • Servings 8

Destined to become a new family favorite, this slow-cooker dinner dishes out lots of love in the form of extra-cheesy rice, tender chicken, black beans and corn. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
package (0.85 oz) Old El Paso™ chicken taco seasoning mix
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
8
boneless skinless chicken thighs
1
can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1
can (15 oz) black beans, drained, rinsed
1
cup fresh or frozen whole kernel sweet corn
8
oz Kraft™ Velveeta™ cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
4
cups cooked white rice
1/4
cup chopped fresh cilantro

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix taco seasoning mix, cumin, salt and red pepper. Sprinkle both sides of chicken thighs with seasoning mixture; arrange in slow cooker. Pour tomatoes, beans and corn over chicken in slow cooker. Cover; cook on High heat setting 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Remove chicken and, using two forks, shred into bite-size pieces.
  • 2
    Add Velveeta™ and Cheddar cheeses to slow cooker. Cover; cook 15 minutes. Beat with whisk until cheeses have melted into sauce. Add rice and shredded chicken; stir to combine. Cover; cook about 10 minutes or until hot. Garnish with cilantro.

Expert Tips

  • Black beans make a nice contrast to the cheesy rice and chicken in this dish, but pinto beans work well, too.
  • The ground red pepper in this recipe gives just a tiny hint of heat, making it perfect for families with kids or others who prefer their dishes mild. If you like it hot, feel free to increase to 1/2 teaspoon.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
510
Calories from Fat
190
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
32%
Saturated Fat
11g
53%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
145mg
49%
Sodium
1540mg
64%
Potassium
470mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
43g
14%
Dietary Fiber
5g
21%
Sugars
5g
Protein
37g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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