Chipotle chicken and rice.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds total)~ I don't like chicken thighs, so I used boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets instead.
Coarse salt and ground pepper.
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise.
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped.
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin.
2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, minced.
2 large tomatoes, diced large.
1 cup long-grain white rice.
Lime wedges, for serving.
Chopped cilantro leaves, for serving (optional).
In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken on both sides with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Working in batches, brown chicken on both sides, about 6 minutes total; transfer to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pot (if necessary, add a bit of water to release browned bits).
Add garlic, cumin, and chiles; cook until garlic is soft and fragrant, 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until tomatoes begin to break down and release their juices, 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup water and return chicken and any accumulated juices to pot. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook 25 minutes.
Note: If you do use the boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets, they cook pretty fast. I would add them back to the dish after you add the rice (in the next step), maybe in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Otherwise the chicken can get a little tough.
Remove several pieces of chicken~if using the boneless skinless chicken thighs~ and stir in rice, making sure it is completely submerged in liquid. Replace chicken, cover, and cook until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes more. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro if desired.
Quesadilla variation: To make a filling for quesadillas, cut chicken into bite-size pieces before cooking and omit the water and rice. Then simmer, uncovered (cooking time is the same).
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Just made this tonight for dinner. It was very delicious, but a little spicy.