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Santa Fe Chicken and Rice

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • In a small skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender.
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand until cheese is melted. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro.
Nutrition 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.

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  • sgronholz
    Sep 7, 2019

    This recipe was easy to prepare, tasted great, and was perfect for the two of us! I can't wait to make it again!

  • meaganteal
    May 10, 2016

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

  • Cookiesnob
    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
    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
    Oct 14, 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 rice 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.

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    Jan 19, 2013


  • JumpRiverGem
    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
    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
    Apr 11, 2008

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