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 cup: 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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Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

""Soo yummieee

i recently found one of best recipe site for all type of chicken recipes""

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!"

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."

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?"

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."

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