Monday, May 3, 2010

Chicken Tex-Mex

Chicken Tex-Mex
(Makes 4 servings)
1/2 cup fat-free Italian dressing
1 can (16 ounces) Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeno chile peppers, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/4 cup (1 ounces) freshly grated Parmesan cheese or shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup brown rice

  1. Place the chicken in a 13” x 9” baking dish. Pierce in several places with a fork. Pour the dressing over the top, turning to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the tomatoes (with juice), garlic, peppers, and cilantro. Simmer for 20 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the tomato mixture. Pour the remaining tomato mixture over the chicken.
  3. Bake the chicken for 40 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 160°F and the juices run clear. Sprinkle with the cheese.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the rice according to package directions. Stir in the reserved 1/4 cup tomato mixture. Serve with the chicken.

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