Chicken and Rice with Cilantro-Poblano Sauce

“I like to serve this with a green salad and crusty bread. It's easy to prepare, so it can be served as an everyday meal or dressed up with your favorite glass of wine for dinner guests.â€� —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, FL


4 servings

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 501
Caloriesfromfat 28 %
Fat 15.7 g
Satfat 4.2 g
Monofat 8.1 g
Polyfat 2.1 g
Protein 42.1 g
Carbohydrate 45.7 g
Fiber 3.8 g
Cholesterol 102 mg
Iron 5 mg
Sodium 609 mg
Calcium 94 mg


3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
1 poblano chile, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced and divided
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 (8-ounce) package sliced cremini mushrooms
1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon butter
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon olive oil
3/4 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
Cilantro sprigs (optional)


1. Combine 1/4 cup green onions, cilantro leaves, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 cup broth, chile, and 1 garlic clove in a food processor; process until blended.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 cup onions, mushrooms, and remaining garlic clove to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add cilantro mixture, remaining 1 1/4 cups broth, rice, 1/2 cup water, and cumin to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Add parsley to rice mixture; fluff with a fork.

3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; cut each chicken piece crosswise into 1/2-inch slices.

4. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1/4 cup onions and tomatoes; sauté 2 minutes. Arrange 1 cup rice mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 breast half and 2 tablespoons tomato mixture. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida,

Cooking Light

June 2008
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