Monday, September 5, 2016

Tomatillo Chicken & Rice Bowl

I really like meals that come together in a bowl - they're full of interesting flavors and textures, and are easy to serve and eat.

I sometimes think remembering to write down what I do for a one-bowl dish is a real accomplishment! Then tend to just get pulled together on whim, and by the time we realize it's a winner, I've forgotten what I did.

I managed to record this one, though  - full of bright summery southwestern flavor notes, I look forward to doing this one again.

Tomatillo Chicken & Rice Bowl

1 lb boneless chicken thighs or breasts
6-8 tomatilloes, husked
2-3 jalapenos
2 T. olive oil
1 onion, diced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups chicken stock
1 lime, zested and juiced
fresh cilantro
2 cups cooked rice
salt and pepper to taste
Sour cream
Diced Avocado

Other toppings as desired:
shredded cheese
corn tortilla strips
corn kernels
black beans
diced tomatoes

Heat oven to 400F. Cover a large cookie sheet with foil.  Place husked tomatillos and jalapenos onto the pan, toss with olive oil and salt to taste, and roast for about 15 minutes. (the skins should start to look charred).

Remove from oven and cool enough to handle.

In a saute pan, brown the chicken on all sides in additional oil.  Remove from pan and set aside.

Prepare your rice as you usually do.

Chop the onion, tomatillos. Prepare jalapenos (use caution - wash your hands well after!) - remove stems and chop jalapeno.  If less heat is desired, remove seeds when you  take off the stem.

Saute vegetables in the same pan used for the chicken and cook until softened and fragrant. Add minced garlic and cook for a couple more minutes and then add the stock, lime juice and zest, and return the chicken to the pan.

Cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes, then remove lid and simmer 10 minutes more, adding salt and pepper and adjusting seasonings as desired.

While chicken is simmering, chop and prepare whichever desired toppings you'll have.

To serve, put rice in each bowl, top with the Tomatillo Chicken, and then let each person add their own toppings.

Crack open a nice cold beer and relax - dinner's on!


  1. Looks like a delicious dish!Pinning! Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up. Please come back and join us again! Remember to leave your host a comment to increase the chance of being featured.

  2. This looks amazing!!! Thank you for sharing and linking up at Dishing It & Digging It!

  3. Looks like a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This looks soooo good, Lynda! I love avocado, too.
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  5. I love tomatillos! Looks like a great recipe.

  6. Great looking rice bowl with lots of good flavors and ingredients. I need to use tomatillos more in my cooking. Thanks for coming to the party and sharing with Fiesta Friday.

  7. HI Lynda,
    Sounds like a tasty and healthy rice bowl - chicken is one of my favorite foods. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

  8. Your Tomatillo Chicken Rice Bowl looks delicious, we will love it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  9. This sounds so divine!!! Just perfect for fall! :)

  10. That looks so delicious, enhanced by the avacado and sour cream, both favorites of mine.

    Bloggers Pit Stop

  11. What a tasty dish!! Jumping with flavor! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!


  12. I have lots of tomatillos in my garden just waiting to jump into a bowl like this! Yum!

  13. I love the spicy goodness this recipe has to offer. Sounds perfect for my husband and I! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Lynda, this looks so delish, I love tomatillo salsa, and this is all of that plus more! Delish! I have pinned and yummed this so that I can find it, this will be a staple for us! And you can use the leftovers in a taco the next day, or roll it as enchiladas! YUM!

  15. What a great bowl recipe!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  16. That looks absolutely delicious!

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. This looks like such a yummy recipe. It must be full of flavor too with all those great spices and additons to it.

  18. Lynda, I get on kicks where I put tomatillo in everything! This sounds really good to me right now -- time to break out the tomatilloes!

  19. Hey Lynda! This recipe looks amazing! Thank you for linking up at Funtastic Friday.

  20. Lynda, this looks delish! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :)