Southwestern Chicken Skillet

Posted: May 27

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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When the road’s been dusty and tiresome, coming home to a speedy and sensational meal is nothing short of amazing. The Southwestern Chicken Skillet combines the bright, fresh, spicy flavors of the Southwestern U.S.A. in a single pan, so you can cook it in half an hour and clean it in even less time. Loaded with savory chicken, tangy tomatoes, melty cheese, and tender vegetables, the Southwestern Chicken Skillet is a complete meal in one colorful and exciting dish. Get ready to hit the trails again after eating this!


• 1 cup jasmine or brown rice, uncooked • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced • cilantro, chopped, to taste • 1 lime, juiced and divided • salt, to taste • pepper, to taste • 2-3 tablespoons sour cream • 1/2 cup plus 1-2 tablespoons water, divided • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 poblano, cubanelle, or bell peppers, cored and chopped • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped • 1 pound ground chicken • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning • 1/2–3/4 cups Mexican blend cheese


Step 1

Prepare the rice according to the package directions.

Step 2

Set the rice aside.

Step 3

In a small bowl, place the tomatoes and cilantro.

Step 4

Add 1/2 of the lime juice.

Step 5

Season the tomato mixture with salt and pepper.

Step 6

Mix the tomato mixture and set it aside.

Step 7

In another bowl, combine the sour cream, the remaining lime juice, and the 1 tablespoon of the water, stirring the mixture until smooth and thin enough to drizzle, adding water as needed.

Step 8

Set the sour cream aside.

Step 9

In a cast-iron skillet or an oven-safe pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

Step 10

Add in the peppers and onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

Step 11

Preheat the broiler to high.

Step 12

Add the ground chicken, seasoning with salt and pepper. Break the chicken up while cooking.

Step 13

Cook the chicken until cooked through with no remaining pink, about 5-6 minutes.

Step 14

Add the cooked rice to the mixture and stir.

Step 15

Add the 1/2 cup of the water and the taco seasoning mixture, combining until everything is seasoned evenly.

Step 16

Add the cheese and broil in the oven until the cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes.

Step 17

Top the skillet with the tomato and cilantro mix, followed by the creamy lime sauce on top.

Step 18


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