Salsa Verde Chicken & Rice braai pocket

Salsa Verde Chicken & Rice braai pocket

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  • Cooking spray, for foil
  • 1 c. salsa verde, plus more for serving
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 1 3/4 instant rice
  • 1 3/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth (or water)
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained
  • 1 c. shredded Monterey Jack
  • Chopped cilantro, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving, optional
  • Avocado slices, for serving, optional
  • Hot sauce, for serving, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine salsa verde, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and garlic. Add chicken and toss until covered. Marinate for 20 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  2. Heat grill (or grill pan). Cut 8 large sheets of foil, then double them up on top of one another to make 4 thick pieces. Spray generously with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine instant rice and broth and let stand for about 5 minutes, or until most of liquid is absorbed.
  4. Stir in lime juice and zest, then divide mixture between foil packets. Top rice with black beans.
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and season all over with salt and pepper. Place on top of rice and black beans then top with cheese.
  6. Fold and seal edges of foil to create a packet, then grill until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes, rotating packets half way through.
  7. Garnish with cilantro and serve with more salsa verde, lime wedges, and hot sauce, if using.
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