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Mexican Chicken and Brown Rice Foil-Packet Dinner

Mexican Chicken and Brown Rice Foil-Packet Dinner
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 4
Updated July 14, 2017

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

Steps

  • 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 (12 x 10-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.

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.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
Calories from Fat
60
Total Fat
6g
10%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
9%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
100mg
34%
Sodium
1020mg
43%
Potassium
460mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
34g
11%
Dietary Fiber
3g
14%
Sugars
2g
Protein
39g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
50%
50%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
10%
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 Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

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