This is very easy and very popular!

Serves 4

3/4 cup short grain rice
1&1/2 cups canned red kidney beans, drained and thoroughly rinsed
3&1/2 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1&1/4lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut through into halves
12 oz bottle spicy taco sauce (I use a brand called “La Victoria Red Taco Sauce, medium. Available in all supermarkets)
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat the oven to 350F.
Lightly grease a deep round 8&1/2 inch ceramic casserole dish.
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil add the rice and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain.

In the prepared pan combine the beans and 1&1/2 tbsp of the cilantro, then add the rice and toss together. Lightly press the mixture so that the beans are mixed into the rice and the mixture is flat.

Heat the oil in a a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Saute the chicken thighs for 3 minutes, then turn over. Add the taco sauce and cook another 3 minutes.

To assemble, spread half the cheese over the rice. Arrange the thighs and sauce on top in a star shape, sprinkle with the 1&1/2 tbsp cilantro, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the mixture is bubbling and the cheese is melted and slightly browned – remove the foil for the last 5 minutes.
Cut into four servings with a knife and scoop out carefully, keeping the layers intact.
Serve sprinkled with the remaining cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.