Green Chile Rice and Chicken Skillet


Green Chile Rice and Chicken Skillet is a delicious weeknight meal. Perfect for using some leftover chicken and cooked rice. A family favorite.


  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 pound peeled sweet potatoes, grated using the food processor
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cilantro
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Heat the butter in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add onion, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes, chili powder, cumin, and1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook until sweet potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, add the pine nuts, sour cream, and cilantro to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  4. Add the puree, rice, chicken, black beans, chiles, hot sauce, and salt to taste to the sweet potatoes in the skillet and mix well. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. Garnish with cilantro.


From the Book Home Cooking 101 by Sara Moulton.