When you discover a fantastic recipe that makes oodles of leftovers, it feels like you hit a home-run. D’s cousins called early last week to see if they could stay with us. We knew they would be visiting this weekend to celebrate a 50th birthday, but initially they were planning to stay with friends. Plans changed and it made sense for them to stay with us.
Since they were arriving late, I opted for a casserole. Initially I planned to make a cheater version of enchiladas that her niece had posted, which reminds me of chilaquiles as essentially you layer up the tortillas like a lasagne instead of rolling the contents in the tortilla. Coming off of my aforementioned medicine trial left me feeling quite spacey.
While I remembered my grocery list (barely – had to go back to car after entering Whole Foods), I realized on my way home that I did not apparently remember tortillas. Rather than run out and get corn tortillas for our gluten-free guests, I opted to create my own version of the enchilada casserole subbing the rice from the Arroz con Pollo for the tortillas.
Arroz con Pollo Casserole Recipe
~ leftover chicken (shredded) & rice from Arroz con Pollo
~ salsa (whatever you have in your fridge – I had some green salsa)
~ black beans (I used beans from the freezer as I try to always have some on hand from Diana Kennedy’s cookbook)
~ Greek yogurt mixed with a bit of milk to make it runnier (you may also use sour cream with milk, but I am still on a yogurt kick after being introduced to it by Team Yogurt)
~ shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 350. In a square pyrex or ceramic dish, add a spoonful of salsa and spread along the bottom of the dish. Add layer of rice, layer of chicken, black beans, a few dollops of Greek yogurt mixture, shredded cheese. Repeat layering until the pan is full being sure to end with shredded cheese. Pop in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes until the cheese is bubbly delicious.
Considering this dish a win since our guests asked for the recipe and I had to cop to the ease of the recipe. 🙂
Fruit salad completed this easy peasy weeknight dinner!