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Mexican Rice with Chicken

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Add chicken and jalapeno. Cover and cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 8-10 minutes.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 385 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 1217mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • dlrow
    Sep 8, 2016

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

  • lvarner
    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
    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!

  • lcheidorn
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.