One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

Posted: July 14

Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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Golden on the plate and golden on the tongue: that’s the best summation of One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice. The rice is tender-cooked in rich seasonings and spices, and the chicken is juicy with a gorgeous roasted crust. One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice is cheesy, comforting, warm, and hearty, and can be made ready in less than half an hour. So you can enjoy your weeknight outside the kitchen with a sparkling, beautiful meal on the table. It’s the best of all worlds!


• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided • 1/2 white onion, diced finely • 1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, and cut into bite-sized pieces • 1 teaspoon kosher salt • freshly ground pepper, to taste • 2 cloves of garlic, minced • 1 cup long-grain white rice • 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained • 1 cup water • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded Optional toppings: • sour cream • tomatoes, diced • avocado, sliced • cilantro, chopped


Step 1

In a large skillet or pot, sauté the onions in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat on the stove-top.

Step 2

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Once the onions soften, increase the heat to medium-high and add the chicken to the pan.

Step 4

Brown the chicken pieces, about 3 minutes, and add the garlic.

Step 5

Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 more minute.

Step 6

Push the chicken to one side of the pan and add an additional tablespoon of olive oil to the other side.

Step 7

Add the uncooked rice to the olive oil and sauté it for a couple of minutes.

Step 8

Add the enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, water, and cumin. Stir to combine.

Step 9

Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid.

Step 10

Cook the chicken and rice mixture, making sure to stir every once in a while until the rice is tender and the liquid is fully absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Step 11

Sprinkle the cheese on top and cover the pan with a lid, letting it sit until the cheese melts, about 1-2 minutes.

Step 12

Serve and sprinkle with desired toppings.

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