Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole

Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole
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  1. 1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 6.9 ounce package chicken-flavor rice and vermicelli mix
  4. 1 14 ounce can chicken broth
  5. 2 cups water
  6. 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (10 ounces)
  7. 1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes (2 medium)
  8. 3 tablespoons canned diced green chiles, drained
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  10. 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  11. 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  13. 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium saucepan cook onion in hot oil over medium heat until tender. Stir in rice and vermicelli mix (including contents of the seasoning packet). Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in broth and the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes (liquid will not be fully absorbed).
  2. Transfer the rice mixture to a large bowl. Stir in chicken, tomatoes, green chiles, chili powder, basil, cumin, and black pepper. Transfer to an ungreased 2-quart casserole.
  3. Bake, covered, about 25 minutes or until heated through. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
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