Submitted by The Pampered Chef
This quick microwave casserole is based on Mexican chilaquiles, which uses broken tortilla chips for added texture.
1 poblano pepper
1½ lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tbsp Southwestern Seasoning Mix
¼ tsp salt
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1½ cups thick and chunky salsa
4 cups broken tortilla chips
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend
Snipped fresh cilantro (optional)
1. Remove stem and seeds from poblano pepper using Utility Knife; slice into thin strips. Arrange poblano strips evenly over bottom of Deep Dish Baker. Thinly slice chicken using Utility Knife. Combine chicken, seasoning mix and salt in Classic Batter Bowl. Arrange chicken over poblano strips. Cover baker with 15-in. square of Parchment Paper, tucking corners of paper under baker. Microwave on HIGH 4 minutes; stir using Mix ‘N Scraper® to separate chicken strips. Cover; microwave an additional 4-6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
2. Drain and rinse black beans using small Colander. Stir beans and salsa into chicken mixture. Gently stir in tortilla chips with Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Grate cheese over baker using Deluxe Cheese Grater. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. If desired, snip cilantro using Kitchen Shears; sprinkle over casserole.
Yield: 6 servings. Nutrients per serving: Calories 360, Total Fat 15 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 115 mg, Carbohydrate 26 g, Protein 31 g, Sodium 1120 mg, Fiber 6 g. Cook’s Tip: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be substituted for the chicken thighs, if desired. Poblano peppers are dark green chiles with a rich flavor that varies from mild to slightly spicy. Poblanos are about 2 1/2 in. wide and 4-5 in. long, forming a triangular shape. If desired, 1 small onion, cut into thin wedges, can be substituted for the poblano pepper. Taco seasoning mix can be substituted for the Southwestern Seasoning Mix, if desired. Omit salt.
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