Saturday, June 25, 2011

Costa Rican Chicken Casserole

My family has been making this casserole since I was 15 years old.  It isn't very forgiving in modifications - I've flopped it before by trying to reduce the amount of butter/oil or by trying to use brown rice.  You can, however, substitute tofu successfully for the chicken.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 lbs. chicken
5 tbsp margarine
4 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. sherry
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and sliced
2 tbsp. parmesan cheese

Cut chicken into small parts.  Heat oil and margarine in large skillet and brown chicken.  Add sherry.  Take chicken out.  Add onion, green pepper, garlic and saute until tender.  Add rice - saute another 2 minutes.  Add broth, bay leaf, and spices.  Bring to a boil.  Grease 2 qt. casserole.  Pour in rice mix and place chicken on top.  Cover.  Bake at 350* for 45 minutes.  Saute tomatoes in 1 tbsp of butter and place on top of chicken.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake an additional 15 minutes uncovered before serving.

This makes a good amount - we typically have leftovers for freezing.

Today I'm linking up for the first time with Sabroso Saturday, which you can find at Latina on a Mission.It is also linked up with Recipe Lion's January blog hop, which you can find here.

22 comments:

The Blue Zoo said...

Mmmm, I am starving and tht looks SO good!

Karen said...

What a great recipe! Easy too.. thanks for sharing. I would have tried modification, thanks for the heads up.

E @ Act Fast Chef said...

This looks yummy! But I have a question - why is it Costa Rican?

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

E - I went on a mission trip to Costa Rica when I was in high school, and the recipe was given to us before the trip.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

This looks great, Lisa, and I love chicken in just about anything. I'll have to try this! :)

Jill said...

Wow! That looks terrific!

A Quiet Corner said...

I love the heart shaped dish it's in! Oh, one more thing...Happy Birthday to YOU, Happy Birthday to YOU, Happy Birthday Dear Lisa...Happy Birthday to YOU!...:)JP

texwisgirl said...

it sounds really good...

Valerie said...

I have chicken in the fridge right now that was just waiting for a recipe like this!

*Honest Abe said...

It looks good. Reminds me of stir friend chicken...

Ginny said...

This looks really, really good.

Janie2 said...

Back in the day I grew up on casseroles. But not one like your Costa Rican dish. It looks and smells good to me. Thanks for sharing with us.

Migdalia - @MsLatina said...

Thank you for linking up! Will def. try your recipe! It looks very simple and as long as it includes rice my sons' LOVE it!

Farmchick said...

A great recipe with ingredients I love.

Elba said...

Hi! Found you through Sabroso Saturday. Love the recipes :)

I was looking for something to make tonight and this looks tasty! Thank you!

Doris Sturm said...

Sounds like a good dish to serve with a crisp green salad and a nice summer evening meal. Thanks for the recipe.

Have a wonderful weekend :-)

Doris

Chicken Wrangler said...

That looks yummy! I posted a recipe today too - it must be the day for it! Have a fun weekend.

Chatty Crone said...

It looks great - and heart shaped!

Navigating Northward said...

Mmm ... thanks for sharing a family favorite.

OfeliaNJ said...

I'm not a drinker - what can be used for sherry, or is that a must?

Nicole said...

Looks so good!! Love the heart shaped dish too!! Where'd you find that at?
Gonna have to give this a try some day when its not 100+ outside! lol

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Mmmn, now that I am seeing and reading it I'm hungry. Love it! YUM. And so glad you linked up.