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Easy Mexican Chicken and Rice Recipe

Easy Mexican Chicken and Rice Recipe

This is a super-tasty, Mexican-style dinner that everyone loves. I've served it at informal get-togethers, passing the toppings around for a fun presentation. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-3/4 cups salsa
  • 1 envelope (5.4 ounces) Mexican-style rice and pasta mix
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped


  • 1. In a large skillet, brown chicken in butter. Stir in the salsa, rice mix, olives and lime juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until rice is tender.
  • 2. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve with sour cream, avocado and tomato. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 617 calories, 32 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 133 mg cholesterol, 1,478 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Reviews for Easy Mexican Chicken and Rice

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Reviewed Apr. 19, 2015

"add corn and 1 can green chilies"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"I give the recipe 5 stars, but have to make a comment re comments: Sadly, because we can post criticisms on this site in virtual anonymity, there always seems be somebody who uses the opportunity to be rude - even outright hateful - in their comment. Give yourself a break already - go, take out your angry mouth on a mental health counselor!

That out of the way - Trisha Kruse, I love your recipe. I would probably add chopped red onion to the "pass around" items for toppings. Thanks much!"

Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"It was fairly easy to cut the fat by using fat free cheese, sour cream and low-fat margarine. As with many recipes, taste is not sacrificed by juggling the fat content. This was easy and a nice change of pace for us (just the two of us as the kids are grown!) - and was easy to put a second serving in the freezer for next time!"

Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"So tired of people like bsat1 who have to complain about recipes being unhealthy. If you don't think its healthy enough for you, move on and shut up."

Reviewed May. 4, 2011


Just look at the ingredients...the extremely high fat, cholesterol, sodium, etc. contents are terrible.
Where are the HEALTHY recipes?"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2011

"I definitely want to make this. Is the liquid in the salsa and the lime juice sufficient to cook the rice or was something left out?"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"I'm making this for the second time tonight! I substituted plain rice for the Mexican rice and pasta mix to accomodate gluten free diets in our home. It was still very delicious!"

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2010

"I made this with 1 lb. of hamburger instead of chicken. Put it on shredded lettuce and topped it with salsa, tomatoes, sliced scallion, jalapenos, cheddar,and sour cream. It was great! I used tortilla chips to scoop it up. Hubby liked it, too."

Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"I really enjoyed this recipe. I used Knorr package of Mexican Rice which I assumed is what was called for. My husband had it with chips I had it with wraps. For the people who do not like a lot of salt using this package of rice made it a little salty. I didn't mind it at all though!!"

Reviewed May. 5, 2010

"I know what you need to make for Cinco de Mayo!!! This one is a winner! It packs some great flavor and fresh avocados and tomatoes dress up any dish! Beautiful and delicious!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"OMG was this easy, but better yet, it was soooo delicious!!!!!! I made this Saturday 4/24/10 & my husband who hates rice gave it 10 Stars!!!! Here are my slight changes: Made guacamole, didn't have lime juice, but I had lemon juice & shredded lettuce for this meal. P.S. I hate black olives, but now I'm a convert!!!!!! Thank You, Thank you for a wonderful recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a keeper!!!!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.