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Bowl of Mexican chicken and rice served with cilantro
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Mexican Chicken and Rice

This one pan Mexican Chicken and Rice recipe is loaded with vibrant flavors. Easy to prepare and make, it's a perfect weeknight meal for the whole family!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 335kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 pound chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 15 ounces can tomato sauce
  • 4 ounces can green chilies
  • Cilantro for serving


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pan, over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until they soften slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium high, add the cubed chicken. Season with 1 teaspoon salt, pepper garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Add the rice, remaining salt, and cook with the chicken to lightly toast the rice. Pour the chicken broth, tomato sauce, and green chilies. Stir to combine.
  • Bring mixture to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pan, and cook the rice untouched until the rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed, about 18 minutes.
  • Top with fresh cilantro, if desired


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 4 days and can be reheated on the stovetop.
Substitutes: You can use vegetable broth in the place of chicken broth. If you’d like to use quinoa, make sure to decrease the amount of liquid you’re using by 1/2 a cup.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1522mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 428IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg