This recipe is gluten free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
Extra Easy - ½ HEa and 0.5 syns per serving
WW Smart Points - 6
*suitable for freezing
1 cup (180g) of long grain rice
200g/7oz tin of kidney beans
Uncooked Chicken breasts (approx 400g), cut in half lengthway (skin and visible fat removed) or you can use chicken thighs
50g/1.76oz of mozzarella (HEa), grated
30g/1oz of cheddar (HEa), grated
salt and pepper to season
for the Spicy Tomato Sauce:
240ml (1 cup) of passata
180ml (3/4 cup) of water
2 teaspoons of chilli powder
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon of cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 tablespoon of maple syrup (2 syns)
¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Spray a small saucepan over a medium-high heat with cooking oil and add the onion and garlic, cook for a few minutes to soften. Add the passata, water, chilli powder, cumin, paprika, vinegar, maple syrup and cayenne pepper and stir thoroughly, reduce heat and simmer for about 20mins. Then put it all through a blender and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 180c or 350f (gas mark 4)
Add the rice to a saucepan with 2 cups of water.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat right down to a very low heat, cover and simmer until all water is almost absorbed. Turn off heat, but leave saucepan on hob, covered, this will give you perfectly cooked rice.
Heat a large frying pan over a medium-high with some spray oil and add the chicken breasts, fry each side just for a couple of mins till lightly browned (they don't need to be cooked through, as you will be finishing them off in the oven)
Add the spicy tomato sauce from the saucepan and cook for a further few mins.
Mix the rice with the kidney beans and some freshly chopped coriander. and add it to a oven proof dish.
Top the rice with the chicken breasts and spicy tomato sauce and then add the cheese.
Bake in the oven for approx 20mins until all cheese has melted.
Serve topped with some fresh coriander and a side salad.
You can also do this recipe with extra lean beef mince in place of the chicken
If you are willing to spare a few extra syns, this is even more amazing with some avocado and a dollop of sour cream.
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Serving Size1 serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat6.6 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Total Carbohydrates78.1 g
Dietary Fiber10.1 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Recipe by Slimming Eats - Weight Watchers and Slimming World Recipes at http://www.slimmingeats.com/blog/mexican-chicken-and-rice