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Spicy Chicken and Rice Recipe
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Spicy Chicken and Rice Recipe

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As a working Mom with two kids, I have little time to prepare something hearty during the week. This recipe is easily tossed together in the morning and fabulous to come home to at night. Both my picky eaters love it! —Jessica Costello, Westminster, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 6 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups chicken mixture with 1 tablespoon cheese and 1 tablespoon sour cream equals 389 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 817 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. Place chicken in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, green peppers, onion, garlic, paprika, salt, cumin and chipotle pepper; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Shred with two forks and return to the slow cooker. Stir in rice and beans; heat through. Garnish with cheese and sour cream. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Chicken and Rice in Healthy Cooking October/November 2011, p33

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"I think the recipe was okay, I didn't add the beans so I substituted the beans for green beans. Also someone said you can use 1 cup water and a can of diced tomatoes, though you CAN'T! Do not try that! Other than that it was very tasty and good!"

Reviewed May. 15, 2014

"I also tweaked the recipe to fit my needs. We are not big eaters and found that one 8 oz. chicken breast was plenty and halved the rest of the ingredients. I did add a chicken boullion cube when I added the tomates. The spices were just right for us. I did not use a slow cooker but cooked on top of the stove for about 2-1/2 hours until the chicken was falling apart. I served the chicken mixture over rice rather than adding the rice to the finished dish. I had enough to serve 4 people."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"Love this recipe. It is a favorite. Lots of flavor. I only use 4 cups of rice instead of 6. I only use one green pepper. I have also put it in a wrap with the cheese and sour cream."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

"Needs tweaking, but overall a great, easy recipe. I only had one can of the diced tomatoes, so I added a little extra water. Did not diminish the flavor, though I tweaked that with more salt and a tsp of sage. Sounds weird I know, but the flavor worked to dampen the chipotle and make it more to my families tastes. Used only 2/3rds of the beans and one green pepper. Rice on the side."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"I felt that there was an uneven chicken/rice ratio. Seemed to have more rice than what was necessary. I think I would tweak the recipe a bit and perhaps add chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce instead of ground chipotle pepper and maybe some canned enchilada sauce or something to moisten it up a bit, but the concept is solid and it makes plenty for leftover lunch the next day."

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