Can you believe that the Brainerd does NOT have a Chipotle?! Thats ridiculous! They have a Little Ceasars, but NO Chipoopoo? Chipotle is always one of our stops when we go to the cities, but since I have no plans to go there anytime soon – I had to bring Chipoopoo to ME. Except without all the added calories. It really seemed quite simple, actually! Though, it would really help if they had their chicken marinade readily available online. That would have been helpful. Alas, I think it turned out quite well. It’s definitely not a dead ringer in taste, but I thought it was top notch! Then again, I think everything I make rocks!
So, basically, what you need are these things:
-3 chicken breasts (or more, depending on how many peeps you have to feed)
-Brown Rice (I use Bob’s Red Mill – its fab!)
-1 can Black Beans, rinsed
-Salsa of choice
-Spices: Cumin, Chili Powder, Onion Powder, Garlic salt, Oregano
-Juice of 1/2 a lime
-Butter or margarine
-And whatever toppings you want/have on hand. Think guacamole, tomatoes, etc.
Cook the rice according to the directions. It takes about an hour, so make sure you start it early. Bob’s tells you to put butter and salt in when you start it, perhaps this is the secret to tastiness? Don’t know – but what I do know is that this rice is gooooood. And I don’t even like rice. For real. Don’t like it, never have. Until Bob’s came into my life. When the rice is done, put a tablespoon of butter in (yes, more butter, but trust me – its good) and the lime juice. I also put in some freeze dried cilantro, but you couldn’t even taste it. So mainly, it was for looks. While the rice is cooking – do up the chicken.
So I mixed up a tsp of each of the spices and then patted it onto the chicken breasts. Then I grilled them – 5 minutes per side. For the beans, I put in a few dashes of the spices that I used for the chicken and also a 1/2 cup of salsa. Once all the ingredients were done, I assembled them as you see here. With tomatoes on top! If I would have had avocado on hand, this would have been even more dynamite! Next time.
Seriously – this rice is SO good. Even Dylan raved about it and then proceeded to eat his weight in rice. Now, this says a lot. Avery was a fan as well. Eric wasn’t home yet from Minneapolis, but I’m quite sure he would have jumped up and down with excitement. Well, time to park it on the couch! Later!