Mexican Rice with Chicken Recipe
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Mexican Rice with Chicken Recipe

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This skillet supper comes together with leftover cooked chicken and a packaged mix. After I prepared this rice, I served the extras on tortillas with cheese and sour cream the next day. Both meals were a hit. —Debra Rzodkiewicz, Erie, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 package (6.4 ounces) Mexican-style rice and pasta mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with onions, undrained
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 385 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 1217mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook and stir rice and pasta mix in butter until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the water, tomatoes and contents of rice seasoning packet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and jalapeno. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Rice-a-Roni rice and pasta mix. When cutting hot peppers, disposable gloves are recommended. Avoid touching your face.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Mexican Rice with Chicken in Quick Cooking September/October 2004, p49

Sweet White Wine

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

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dlrow User ID: 8236878 253829
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2016

"In response to SHOK, I don't think water is counted as an ingredient."

lvarner User ID: 35803 252110
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2016

"This tastes good and is easy to make. I have also made it with drained ground beef instead of chicken, and that tastes excellent too. This is a really good recipe for an easy, tasty, week night meal."

SHOK User ID: 5616182 231340
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"Another recipe advertised as "5-ingredients" in a line-up with chicken recipes like that, and there are 6! Can no one count anymore when they list these things?! I'm sure it's good which is why the 5-star rating, but I am confused with the advertising of 5!"

[email protected] User ID: 4004748 206663
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2014

"I didn't have any chicken in the house when I made this, but I did have a can of sliced mushrooms and some black olives. I added those instead of chicken and was very happy with the results. A nice filling skillet dinner.

By the way, the rice and pasta mix is a Rice-a-roni product."

swirl1008 User ID: 2104722 151789
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014

"Sounds good. But I can't find one that has Mexican rice and pasta in it like abusymom says. What is it called?"

rwippel User ID: 4262008 126683
Reviewed May. 19, 2014

"This recipe was surprisingly good for how easy it was to make; however, I think it was lacking something. I think some green peppers would be a nice addition. This would also be good inside a flour tortilla."

Janecooks67 User ID: 3461916 62417
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"I have always used the rice-a-roni boxes for a quick dinner. All the comments on the salt and make your own mixes have missed the point. The point is quick and good. After all the years we sed them we are till healthy, not overweight, and the blood pressure is fine."

rockytopp User ID: 250885 56857
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"I don't consider a dish made from a commercial mix a recipe. Never as healthy as made from scratch, and Mexican rice from scratch is simple to make. but I do like another reviewers hint to use the leftovers in a taco shell with taco trimmings."

jemsmommy User ID: 3327571 56855
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"mindysmama: Rice-a-Roni makes both a Mexican style and Spanish style rice/pasta mix. Here is a link to the company information: Hope this helps! I've used it for years and it's really good, as is this recipe!"

bigray610 User ID: 4549162 141152
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"No thanks, just a prepackaged side dish loaded with salt an preservatives. Make something from scratch so you can decide what goes in or not."

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