Rating: 3.47 stars
287 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 64
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 93
  • 2 star values: 51
  • 1 star values: 7

The chipotle chiles in this stovetop casserole lend an earthy, subtle heat to the dish. This make-ahead meal is perfect for dinner on a cool fall night.

Everyday Food, July/August 2009

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken on both sides with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Working in batches, brown chicken on both sides, about 6 minutes total; transfer to a plate.

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  • Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pot (if necessary, add a bit of water to release browned bits).

  • Add garlic, cumin, and chiles; cook until garlic is soft and fragrant, 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until tomatoes begin to break down and release their juices, 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup water and return chicken and any accumulated juices to pot. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook 25 minutes.

  • Remove several pieces of chicken and stir in rice, making sure it is completely submerged in liquid. Replace chicken, cover, and cook until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes more. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro if desired.

Variations

Quesadilla variation: To make a filling for quesadillas, cut chicken into bite-size pieces before cooking and omit the water and rice. Then simmer, uncovered (cooking time is the same).

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Reviews (18)

287 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 64
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 93
  • 2 star values: 51
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: Unrated
05/08/2017
This was delicious, but it was HOT! I mean, I LOVE hot, but this was barely edible, it was THAT hot. I will definitely make it again, but only one chili next time. (I also added the chicken at the later stage, when I added the rice.) Needed extra salt. Lime and slices of avocado helped cool it down a BIT!
Rating: Unrated
10/03/2015
I had some chicken tenders and a can of Chipotle so I decided to give this recipe a try for a quick meal. My husband loved it (I used 4 chiles) but I found it to be a bit one dimensional. After checking a few of my Mexican cookbooks for a solution I remembered that the sauce is pureed and then fried in lard to bring out the flavor. As I didn't want the extra fat I now use Worcestershire sauce and a bit of vinegar to brighten the flavor. Easy to make, one pot, couldn't ask for much more.
Rating: Unrated
07/10/2013
Great recipe! I added green and red peppers and half a jalapeño minced bc I like it hot. :) this is a keeper.
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03/07/2013
This recipe is AWESOME. It's basically my idea of perfect comfort food, and it's a snap to put together. I like it with slices of avocado and creamy/tangy roasted corn http://food52.com/recipes/6737-roasted-corn-with-lime-parmesan-and-chili. So, so good!!!
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09/14/2012
Adobo, a marinade or sauce, can be made at home. It is vinegar, garlic, oregano, paprika, and sea salt.
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08/20/2012
Did anyone else have trouble with the rice? I doubled the liquid and cooked step 4 of the recipe using the rice direction's time. Some of the rice was still pretty chewy. Great flavor. Will keep trying.
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2012
Whoops, I wish there was an 'edit' button. I meant to say I added the chicken with the rice, so as not to over-cook the *chicken*
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2012
This looked too good, not to try. It was an absolute hit last nite with both of us. The chipotle chilies were huge, so I used one and it was perfect. I used boneless breasts, cut in half crosswise. I also added it the same time as the rice. I feel this is important, so as not to overcook the rice. This recipe went immediately into my "keeper" binder, and will be made often. I love having Sarah come to my inbox every day!!
Rating: Unrated
11/07/2011
This was really good with nice flavor. We are spicy people so I added two extra chipotle peppers and instead of raw tomatoes I used a can of rotel tomatoes with chilies drained. I definitely will be making this again.
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2011
Very nice flavor! Me and my BF love chipotle and spicy foods, so we thought we could have used a pepper or two more than called for. I also diced the tomatoes and onions in my processor for a sec so they weren't chunky (preference). Substituted brown rice and we had healthy and delicious dinner! The cilantro and lime really set it off! I will definitely be making this one again!
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2011
This recipe was great! So easy and satisfying. I used two chipotle peppers and did not find it too spicy at all! If you are used to spice/heat, feel free to go with at least two.
Rating: Unrated
02/21/2010
This dish is really, really good. If heat is a problem, use only one chipotle instead of two. In a pinch, I've used canned crushed tomatoes if I can't find any nice fresh ones at the store. It's a nice weeknight meal because it's all made in one pot.
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10/23/2009
This was REALLY good. I used chicken breast halves instead of thighs. I used Jasmine rice and cooked it a little longer and added a little more liquid, and it was fantastic.
Rating: Unrated
09/28/2009
Delicious!! Amazing dish...used 1/2 the amount of peppers...still a little too hot...but GREAT....will definitely make this one again.
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09/20/2009
This is delicious! The chipotles in adobo that I added were much hotter than any I've EVER had. This has been a hot year for chiles (and we are not wimps in our house about chile heat), so if you prefer milder chiles, test your chiles before adding this many. This is a easy dish, and very yummy; my husband and I both enjoyed it!
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09/16/2009
This was very good. I was a little ambitious with the chipotle chiles, might have used an extra one, with some adobo sauce. Even though we like spicy, I think I'll cut down to one for next time.
Rating: Unrated
09/16/2009
Anyone have any idea if this can be done in a pressure cooker? I'd love to see more recipes using a pressure cooker, since they're quick, convenient and considered "green."
Rating: Unrated
08/23/2009
This recipe is awesome!