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Mexican Chicken and Brown Rice Foil-Packet Dinner

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Blogger Angie McGowan of Eclectic Recipes shares a fun packet dinner idea that would make a great make-ahead dinner, or take-along dinner when you go camping.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1/2
cup uncooked instant brown rice
1/2
cup water
4
boneless skinless chicken breasts
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2
teaspoon ground coriander
1
medium green bell pepper, sliced
1
medium red bell pepper, sliced
1
cup medium chunky style salsa

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, mix rice and water; soak 5 minutes. Drain.
  • 2 Season both sides of each chicken breast with cumin, black pepper and coriander.
  • 3 Cut 4 (12x10-inch) sheets of heavy-duty foil. Spray center of one side of each with cooking spray. Spoon one-fourth of rice mixture onto center of each sheet. Top each with 1 chicken breast. Top chicken with one-fourth of green and red bell pepper slices. Top each with 1/4 cup of the salsa.
  • 4 Bring up 2 sides of foil so edges meet. Seal edges, making tight 1/2-inch fold; fold again, allowing space for heat circulation and expansion. Fold other sides to seal. Place packets on ungreased cookie sheet with sides.
  • 5 Bake about 30 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take:

  • Calories 350
  • Fat 6g
  • Saturated Fat 1 1/2g
  • Sodium 1020mg

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
100mg
100%;
Sodium
1020mg
1020%;
Total Carbohydrate
34g
34%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
39g
39%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
50%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

To add more vegetables to this recipe, add 1/4 cup drained vacuum-packed whole kernel corn with red and green peppers to each packet dinner.

Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

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We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 12/10/2013. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
100mg
100%;
Sodium
1020mg
1020%;
Total Carbohydrate
34g
34%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
39g
39%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
50%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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