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Mexican Rice with Chicken Recipe

Mexican Rice with Chicken Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 8236878 253829
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2016

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

lvarner User ID: 35803 252110
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5616182 231340
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!"

[email protected] User ID: 4004748 206663
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."

swirl1008 User ID: 2104722 151789
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?"

rwippel User ID: 4262008 126683
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."

Janecooks67 User ID: 3461916 62417
Reviewed 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 User ID: 250885 56857
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3327571 56855
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4549162 141152
Reviewed 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."

abusymom User ID: 6831638 92813
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"mindysmama - Rice-a-Roni makes a Mexican Style Rice and pasta. I like everyone's suggestions!"

SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 92811
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"I love the idea of serving the extra (or deliberate leftovers!) in tortillas with sour cream. And for that extra meal, I would add some chopped lettuce, onions, maybe some taco sauce. I'm practically salivating as I type this! Thanks, Debra from Erie, PA!"

mindysmama User ID: 6929696 206662
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"Sounds Good but someone help me what is Mexican rice and pasta"

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 206661
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"This was a quick and easy meal... The package of rice mix that I used was a little bigger than the size called for here, so I had to adjust the water accordingly (I needed 2 1/2 cups of water but I figured that would be too much liquid along with the juice from the tomatoes so I ended up draining the juice from the tomatoes which measured out to about a half cup, then I added two cups of water). Also sprinkled on some sharp cheddar at the end and let it sit off the heat to melt a bit - Mexican food and cheese go hand in hand if you ask me. Anyway, it was a great dish and went over very well in my family:)"

stamback User ID: 4743333 120592
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"If you add cooked rice, black beans, sour cream, and picante, it makes a good burrito."

murpher2 User ID: 968420 141171
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2009

"i've made this recipes lots of times. it's easy and quick. perfect with a salad and bread. :)"

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