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Santa Fe Chicken and Rice Recipe

Cheesy chicken breasts are even more scrumptious served on a bed of tender, Southwest-style rice. This effortless meal from Debra Cook of Pampa, Texas, is ready in half an hour.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:2 servings


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, optional


  • 1. In a small skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender.
  • 2. Add broth, salsa and garlic powder; bring to a boil. Stir in rice; return to a boil. Place chicken over rice. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender and a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, turning chicken halfway.
  • 3. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand until cheese is melted. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 3/4 cup rice: 462 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 814mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein .

Reviews for Santa Fe Chicken and Rice

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meaganteal 248078
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"Such a great and easy meal. I used coconut oil instead of butter and skipped the cheese. Really good meal."

Cookiesnob 246719
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"This is really good! I have to triple or quadruple the recipe to feed a family, but it always turns out very well. I usually have to add a little extra water."

DianeC23 239998
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"This recipe is not only quick and easy to prepare, but it's delicious! I used homemade salsa without much liquid, so it required a bit more broth. I'll definitely be making this again!"

browns19fan 234940
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2015 Edited Dec. 13, 2015

"Wonderful! A keeper, for sure. And since I always have chicken breasts in the freezer and fresh salsa in the fridge this recipe is a natural on those what-can-I-fix-for-dinner nights.

Some recipes call for a packaged Spanish-type riice mix. I've always prepared the one my husband likes; he doesn't care for my favorite. But since he likes this rice even better, I will use it from now on in those other recipes. Adding salsa before cooking the rice is a wonderful idea."

wandasusan 167838
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013


JumpRiverGem 94607
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"This recipe is easy and quick to prepare. The rice is as good as the salsa you use. I used black bean and corn salsa...delicious!"

Swtbby 147576
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"This recipe was so delicious and easy. I really enjoyed the flavor of the chicken and the rice. I was concerned about using salsa in this dish, but it was really good."

foag 147399
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2008

"An EXCELLENT meal. This meal along with a salad makes a filling, healthy meal."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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