1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons margarine, butter, or olive oil
1 6.6-ounce package regular chicken-flavored rice-vermicelli mix
1 cup long grain rice
2 14-ounce cans chicken broth
2-1/2 cups water
4 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 4-ounce can diced green chili peppers, drained
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin seed, crushed, or 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1. In a 3-quart saucepan cook onion in hot margarine, butter, or oil until tender. Stir in rice-vermicelli mix, including seasoning package, and uncooked rice. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in broth and water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes (liquid will not be fully absorbed).
2. Transfer the mixture to a very large mixing bowl; stir in chicken or turkey, tomato, chili peppers, basil, chili powder, cumin, and pepper. Transfer to a 3-quart casserole.
3. Bake, covered, in a 425 F oven for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 5 minutes more.