Southwest Chicken Foil Packets

I don’t often share recipes on here, but I couldn’t resist sharing this one. I found it a few months ago when a Coen and I were looking for healthy recipes that were fairly simple to make and would freeze well. I loved how it turned out and I made them again tonight. The original recipe can be found here but I made a few changes to suit my preferences.

1 cup uncooked quick brown rice

1 cup water

2 tbsp taco seasoning

1 lb chicken breasts

1 green pepper, sliced

I small onion, sliced

1/3 cup salsa

1/2 shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Soak rice in water and taco seasoning.

Slice onion and peppers. Shred cheese. Measure out salsa.

Prepare four pieces of foil (I used pieces approximately 8″ long) by pulling the sides up a little to prevent anything from spilling out – almost like a little boat!

Place 1/4 cup of the rice and water mixture on the bottom of each piece of foil (including the water.) Layer chicken, salsa, peppers and onions and cheese on top.

Fold the foil so the packet is completely sealed.

Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until chicken and rice is cooked completely. I used regular brown rice which required me to cook the packets for longer. I’ll use quick rice next time as my rice didn’t cook completely and I got tired of waiting!

Remove from oven and open the foil. Turn oven to Broil and return to oven for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Top with sour cream, more salsa, guacamole, etc.

This version of the recipe makes four servings and has approximately 380 calories per serving without the additional toppings.

Enjoy! ❤

Advertisements

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

After our tour of Upper Antelope Canyon we headed to Horseshoe bend, which was just about a 15 minute drive away – after a brief stop at McDonald’s for a much needed coffee! Unbeknownst to me, it’s a bit of a hike to get to the bend from the parking lot. Of course, I get into my own head right away, and start to doubt myself. Coen, as always, encouraged me and reminded me we could go as slow as I wanted. Not too far along we saw a man sitting on the side of the trail – great, just what I wanted to see! Fortunately it wasn’t actually that bad. I should probably try to stop worrying about things before I even get started!

20180323_142314_HDR

It was a beautiful day – warm, but not too hot and the clouds looked so pretty in the sky! It was pretty busy, but we were able to get pictures without a bunch of people standing in the way.

20180323_141358

Horseshoe Bend is definitely worth a trip, especially if you’re visiting Antelope Canyon since it’s so close! ❤

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

If Antelope Canyon isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. And I don’t say that lightly. I honestly can’t think of anywhere I’ve been so far that is quite as breathtaking. My pictures really don’t do it justice.

20180323_111753

Antelope Canyon is located just east of Page, Arizona and is on Navajo land. Coen and I drove from Sedona, which took us a little over three hours. Some people would say that’s too far for a day trip but I say it’s absolutely worth it. It’s important to know that you must book a tour in order to go into the Canyon. There are a few different tours available, as well as different tour companies. Coen did some research and booked us a 10:30am Upper Canyon Tour with Antelope Slot Canyon Tours by Chief Tsosie.

20180323_182459

The tour began with a bumpy ride – definitely go to the washroom before climbing into the back of the truck! When we arrived at the entrance to the Upper Canyon our tour guide, Leonard, introduced himself and told us a bit of information and a few funny jokes and stories while we waited for our turn to enter the canyon. He also gave us a few camera tips!

20180323_105503

Upon entering the canyon, I was totally mesmerized. I’d never seen anything quite like it.

20180323_105951

The colouring, formation and markings were stunning. I was awestruck. We moved through the canyon fairly slowly, stopping at points of particular interest. Leonard took our camera’s at these points so he could take photos for us from the right angles!

There were several other tours going on at the same time so it was pretty busy at points, but not so busy that it was frustrating. When we got to the other side (not THAT other side – one of Leonard’s jokes) we were treated to Leonard playing his flute!

20180323_114527

On our way back through we were asked not to take pictures, but we couldn’t help but sneak a few more when we were stuck behind other groups!

20180323_115508

Once the tour as over we hopped back into the truck and they took us back to the tour company’s building. I can’t rave enough about the whole experience. Antelope Canyon is NOT to be missed and I highly recommend booking with Antelope Slot Canyon Tours by Chief Tsosie. I can’t wait to check out the Lower Canyon another time and I would also do the Upper Canyon again. It’s truly breathtaking.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to post them and I’ll do my best to answer! ❤