Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice – Easy One-Pot Dinner

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Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice is a flavorful, easy dinner! It’s a one-skillet meal made with taco seasoning, cheese, corn, black beans, and tender chicken.

Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

An Easy One-Pot Dinner

Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice is a perfect combination of gooey cheese blending seamlessly with the robust Mexican flavors of juicy chicken pieces, hearty black beans, sweet corn, and the tangy zest of Rotel tomatoes. It’s a recipe that guarantees empty plates and satisfied smiles. The best part? It’s wonderfully easy to whip up in a large skillet in under 30 minutes. This dish isn’t just a meal; it’s an easy Mexican chicken wonder that transforms a regular evening into a Mexican fiesta for the whole family. 

What you’ll love about Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice:

  • Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice is a delicious and easy weeknight meal option. 
  • Combines shredded chicken, black beans, Rotel tomatoes, and cheese for a hearty dish. 
  • Prepared in one skillet, it comes together quickly and cleanup is a breeze. 
Ingredients for Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

Ingredients for Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil to sauté the onions and garlic until they’re translucent, releasing all their flavors. 
  • 1 small Onion, diced, and 1 tbsp minced Garlic for that aromatic base that’s crucial for any savory dish. 
  • 2 cups Shredded Chicken (from boneless skinless chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken) ensuring the chicken is juicy and tender. 
  • 1 pkg Taco SeasoningSalt, and Black Pepper to taste, making sure every bite is as flavorful as the last. 
  • 1 cup Rice2 cups Chicken Broth for that perfect, fluffy texture in every spoonful. 
  • 1 can of sweet Corn, drained (or 1 cup frozen corn), 1 can of Black Beans, drained, and 1 can Rotel tomatoes for that hearty, Mexican-inspired goodness. 
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese for that irresistible, gooey cheese that we all love. 

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Once hot, toss in the diced onion and minced garlic, giving them a good stir until they’re fragrant and golden.
  2. Add the shredded chicken to the skillet, sprinkling generously with taco seasoning, a touch of salt, and black pepper. This mix transforms the tender chicken into a juicy centerpiece, infused with those robust Mexican flavors we all crave. Add 1/3 cup of water and stir.
  1. Pour in the rice, chicken broth, Rotel tomatoes, black beans, and sweet corn, creating a colorful tapestry of ingredients. Be sure to drain the beans and corn before adding to the skillet.
  2. Stir well and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, covering the skillet. Allow to cook on low for 20 minutes. This is where the magic happens; the rice cooks, absorbing all the savory broth and spices, while the chicken becomes even more tender. 
  1. Once the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the top. Cover the skillet for a few more minutes until the cheese melts into a gooey, irresistible layer that blankets the entire dish with its creamy goodness. 
Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

What to Serve with Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

  • Sour cream: A dollop of creamy sour cream on top adds a cool, tangy contrast to the spicy flavors. 
  • Tortilla chips: Serve with a side of crunchy tortilla chips for dipping or scooping. You can also crush them and use them as a crunchy topping. 
  • Shredded cheese: Extra cheese never hurt anyone! Sprinkle more on top for that gooey cheese pull. 
  • Fresh cilantro: A garnish of freshly chopped cilantro brings a burst of freshness and color. 
  • Green onions: Add some chopped green onions as a garnish for another fresh flavor. 
  • Salsa verde: Drizzle some salsa verde over your serving for an extra kick of tangy flavor. 
  • Refried beans: A side of warm refried beans complements the flavors and makes the meal even more satisfying. 
Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

Customize Your Recipe

  • Try different cheeses: Swap out cheddar for mozzarella cheese to give your Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice a creamier texture or spice it up with pepper jack. 
  • Experiment with rice: While the classic calls for regular white rice, you can also use instant white rice, brown rice, or even a scoop of leftover rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant can add a tasty twist. 
  • Add a little heat: If you’re all about the spice, a dash of cayenne pepper or a sprinkle of chili powder can elevate the flavors to match the heat of authentic Mexican dishes. 
  • Incorporate various beans: Black beans are a staple, but why not mix them up with refried beans or even red beans for a hearty and nutritious addition?
  • Enhance the green: Toss in some green chiles or a spoonful of salsa verde for a fresh kick that complements the gooey cheese and tender chicken perfectly. 
Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

Turning Leftovers into New Meals

Who says leftovers have to be boring? I firmly believe in turning yesterday’s dinner into a brand-new meal. Here are some options for using leftover Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice:

  • Burritos: wrap up the tender chicken and gooey cheese in a soft flour tortilla, creating a burrito that rivals anything you’d find at your favorite Mexican restaurant.
  • Nachos: scatter the cheesy chicken and rice over crispy tortilla chips, then add your favorite toppings—sour cream, salsa verde, maybe a sprinkle of black olives—and voila, you’ve got nachos perfect for your Taco Tuesday lunch or dinner. 

Storage and Reheating Tips

When it comes to leftovers, I’ve got some pointers that will ensure your Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice remains just as tantalizing the next day. 

  • First off, always store your leftovers in an airtight container. This is crucial for keeping the rice moist and the chicken juicy, not to mention, that it helps prevent any unwanted fridge odors from seeping into your delicious Mexican-inspired meal. 
  • Reheating is just as important as storage if you’re aiming to preserve that perfect blend of gooey cheese and flavorful chicken. I recommend gently reheating it over medium heat in a skillet, adding a splash of chicken broth if it seems a bit dry. This little trick helps in reviving the rice and chicken without overcooking them. 
  • If you’re in a pinch, the microwave works too, but make sure to cover the dish with a dampened paper towel to keep the moisture in. 

These simple steps will ensure your leftovers keep that homemade, fresh-from-the-skillet taste, making you fall in love with this dish all over again. 

Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

Why This Recipe Works for Your Meal Prep

Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice is a great recipe to add to your meal prep list! Not only is it bursting with the unforgettable flavors of traditional Mexican cuisine, but it’s also incredibly easy to prepare in large quantities. Whether you’re cooking for the week ahead or need a reliable dish that reheats beautifully, this recipe ticks all the boxes. 

Make a little more by doubling the rice (2 cups of rice and 4 cups of chicken broth), or double the entire recipe. Then portion out into single-serving containers. Imagine opening your fridge to find a ready-to-go, delicious meal that only requires a quick zap in the microwave to bring it back to its robust Mexican flavors. 

Meal prep can often feel like a chore, but with recipes like this, it becomes an easy time-saving option. Not only does it save time and energy during busy weekdays, but it also ensures that you and your family enjoy high-quality, homemade meals that are both nutritious and satisfying. Meal prep doesn’t have to mean salads and bland chicken – it can be an easy dinner the whole family loves, meal after meal. 

More Easy Mexican-Inspired Meals

Mexican cuisine is a favorite of our whole family. We love the vibrant and sometimes spicy flavors of taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes, and green chilies. Here are some more of our favorite Mexican recipes that are perfect for your next Taco Tuesday.

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Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice – Easy One-Pot Dinner

Melisha Kreppein
Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice is a flavorful, easy dinner! It’s a one-skillet meal made with taco seasoning, cheese, corn, black beans, and tender chicken.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Chicken Recipes, Main Dish, Mexican
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 351 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 cups shredded chicken cooked
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can sweet corn drained
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add diced onion and garlic. Sauté 1-2 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the shredded chicken to the skillet and top with taco seasoning, a touch of salt, and black pepper. Add 1/3 cup of water and stir.
  • Pour in the rice, chicken broth, Rotel tomatoes, black beans, and sweet corn. Be sure to drain the beans and corn before adding to the skillet.
  • Stir well and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, covering the skillet. Allow to cook on low for 20 minutes. 
  • Once the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the top. Cover the skillet for a few more minutes until the cheese melts. 

Notes

What to Serve with Cheesy Mexican Chicken and Rice

  • Sour cream: A dollop of creamy sour cream on top adds a cool, tangy contrast to the spicy flavors. 
  • Tortilla chips: Serve with a side of crunchy tortilla chips for dipping or scooping. You can also crush them and use them as a crunchy topping. 
  • Shredded cheese: Extra cheese never hurt anyone! Sprinkle more on top for that gooey cheese pull. 
  • Fresh cilantro: A garnish of freshly chopped cilantro brings a burst of freshness and color. 
  • Green onions: Add some chopped green onions as a garnish for another fresh flavor. 
  • Salsa verde: Drizzle some salsa verde over your serving for an extra kick of tangy flavor. 
  • Refried beans: A side of warm refried beans complements the flavors and makes the meal even more satisfying. 

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 37.4gProtein: 24.6gFat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 4.9gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 640mgPotassium: 396mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 2.1gCalcium: 173mgIron: 3mg
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