Mild Chicken Confidence

Well I’ve said it before, cooking is really just confidence. My Dad taught me that! Interestingly enough, every time I want to try something new and don’t really think about what it will turn out be, I make something awesome! I just have the confidence. Tonight was the perfect example.

Every time I need a new idea I call my best friend Samantha. Basically, I tell Samantha the ingredients I have on hand and she has some great idea of what I can make. Most of the time my end result is pretty spot on to what she originally suggests, but sometimes I start altering things and come up with newness.

Something else I’ve noticed about my cooking traits. I am much better at understanding if told in the correct order how to make a dish, then if someone gives me a book with step by step directions. I think I gain confidence when knowing what’s next instead of waiting to read what happens. I’ve always been this way and having a bestie like Samantha makes this trait work well.

But I digress…

Tonight my basic ingredients consisted of boneless skinless chicken tenders, long grain brown rice, peppers and tomatoes. After calling Samantha I added, onions, chicken stock, black beans, and yummy spices. What was supposed to be some sort of Mexican Style tastiness turned into a mildly spicy wild rice chicken ‘stew’!

Basically amazing.

Here is the way it happened.


  • 2 lbs chicken tenders
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 3 green onions
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 2 cups rice (long grain brown rice)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. red pepper
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Season your chicken tenders with spices. With Olive oil in a medium heated pan cook the chicken half way through.
  2. In a separate pot, over olive oil, Add chopped peppers and onions to the pot.
  3. While cooking your vegetables, cut your chicken into smaller portions (your size preference)
  4. Add your chicken to the pot with your vegetables
  5. Add 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of chicken stock
  6. Bring everything to a boil
  7. Cover and lower your heat to a simmer. Simmer 15 minutes
  8. After 15 minutes, add 1 can of black beans and chopped Roma tomatoes
  9. Cover and simmer 10 more minutes
  10. Serve!

Free From: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Oats

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