Fiesta “Lite” Chicken

7 Sep

I am a big Mexican food fan!  I always have been and probably won’t stop in the near future.  Mexican food can be costly on the calories though.  My best friend, Nicole and I have had at least 100 Mexican food dates in the past few years and it’s always been supplied with bottomless chips and salsa and margaritas on the rocks.  I used to think I was “being good” by not getting salt on the rim of my margarita glass.

Oh, how things have changed.

Now, I try to incorporate new things into my dishes at home to “lighten up” my Mexican cravings.  Yesterday I shared my Two Step Shredded Chicken recipe and also indicated that I was channeling my inner Robin Miller with her quick fix meals that she incorporates from dish to dish throughout the week.  I shopped my cabinets to find some healthier alternatives to incorporate into a quick Mexican tortilla meal.

This is what I found.

Shredded chicken, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, plain Greek yogurt, cilantro, salt and pepper

First, I mixed the remainder of my shredded chicken (about 3 cups) with a can of whole sweet corn, a 10 oz can of diced tomatoes with chilies and a can of Goya pinto beans.

In a separate dish I mixed one container of Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt and 2 – 4 tsp. dried cilantro (if I had it, I would have used fresh, but since I was shopping my cabinets, this had to do).

Mix the yogurt mixture with the chicken mixture and add salt and pepper for taste.

Let set in refrigerator till ready to serve.

For an extra punch of flavor, I would normally add some fresh lime juice to the mixture and let the flavor sink in while setting in the refrigerator.  If I only had a lime…

Serve with a side of brown fiesta rice or fresh veggies.  I ate mine with raw red peppers.

It was light, creamy and an overall winner for me.  The lime flavor would have sealed the deal if I had some.

Fiesta “Lite” Chicken Recipe

  • ·        3 cups shredded chicken
  • ·        1 can beans ( I used pinto beans )
  • ·        1 can diced tomatoes with chilies (10 oz.)
  • ·        1 can whole corn
  • ·        1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • ·        1 Lime ( I omitted this time )
  • ·        Fresh Cilantro ( I used dried cilantro this time )
  • ·        Salt and Pepper
  1. 1.      Mix chicken, beans, tomatoes and corn together in a large bowl.
  2. 2.      In a food processor, mix yogurt, lime juice and fresh cilantro.
  3. 3.      Mix chicken and yogurt mixture together and add salt and pepper.
  4. 4.      Allow flavors to set in refrigerator until ready to serve.


Tonight I’m meeting up with Tricia for some serious catching up.  I can’t wait to see her!  Maybe I’ll even pick her brain on blog life 😉

What is your favorite type of food to recreate at home?


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