Southwest Chicken Dinner Recipe
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Southwest Chicken Dinner Recipe

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My family loves to order those gigantic takeout Tex-Mex burritos, but they can be expensive and we always have leftovers. I created a lighter, no-guilt alternative with the flavors they love, and that skips the tortilla. —Marquisha Turner, Aurora, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 cup canned black beans or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Optional toppings: pico de gallo, shredded Mexican cheese blend and sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without optional toppings): 398 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 678mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine water, 1 tablespoon oil, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Stir in rice. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15-17 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle taco seasoning over both sides of chicken. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°.
  3. In a microwave, heat beans until warmed. To serve, gently stir cilantro, lime peel and lime juice into rice; divide among four bowls. Cut chicken into slices. Place chicken and beans over rice; top as desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Southwest Chicken Dinner in Simple & Delicious June/July 2016

Sweet White Wine

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

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 256899
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

"This is a keeper! easy to put together but very light and flavorful, especially with the addition of the toppings. We added sour cream, salsa, Mexican blend cheese, and jalapenos."

amsm User ID: 8302234 250129
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2016

"This dish is tasty and quick! I topped mine with sour cream and green onion. I would definitely make this again and experiment with different toppings!"

fensternat User ID: 8283025 249436
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2016

"Yum! I substituted brown rice, and we used cheddar and sour cream for toppings. Will definitely make again."

hkpepin User ID: 3030797 248497
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"Excellent! i would absolutely make these again - both flavorful and quick. I omitted the lime peel and substituted a chicken rice side for the long grain rice, but otherwise made no changes. I decided to use some leftover pinto beans and added some guacamole and Mexican cheese at the end. My family gobbled it up. Came together in about 30 minutes, no one complained, and everyone ate. Making this one again!"

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