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One-Pot Southwest Chicken & Rice

Ever since we were forced to start eating a gluten-free diet, it seems Mexican dishes have become our best friend! Every time I run across a “naturally gluten-free” recipe with a Mexican, Tex-Mex, or Southwest twist to it, I feel compelled to give it a try! Especially when they are as easy as THIS one!

When I first glanced at this recipe from a pin on Pinterest I thought it involved putting it in a casserole dish and baking it in the oven….which I was more than willing to do! But when I realized you made everything in ONE POT on the stove…I literally couldn’t wait to try it! And I didn’t have to…because I had all FIVE ingredients on hand. (I love when that happens!)  🙂

One Pot Southwest Chicken & Rice

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 chicken tenders (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (or 2 Tablespoons of the homemade kind)
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 2 cups instant white rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large skillet, cook chicken in a small amount of oil. Season as desired. I used a generous amount of my House Seasoning.

When chicken is fully-cooked, add water, taco seasoning and can of Rotel.

Bring to a boil and then add rice.

Stir the rice in until mixed, cover, and remove from heat.

After all the water has been absorbed (I think I waited about 5 minutes), give the chicken and rice mixture a stir and top with cheese.

Put cover on again until cheese has melted.

Serve with all your favorite Mexican dish toppings! I added chopped avocado, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips. The hubster also added some salsa. If I had been in possession of some cilantro at the time you can bet THAT would have gone on top as well. 🙂

This dish was a home run in our house! I consider it a HOME RUN when every single member of the household eats and likes it! Even my youngest who LOVES chicken but does NOT love rice….LIKED it! Go figure. 🙂 I am not even going to question that one. lol.  I’m just going to bask in the glory of a successful, simple, and tasty dinner!

Now I can’t wait to read all the ways you will “interpret” this dish! Go for it!

One-Pot Southwest Chicken & Rice

Jill Nystul
This “naturally gluten-free” recipe has a delicious Southwest twist to it, and it couldn't be easier to make! You might even have all of the ingredients on hand right now…
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 293 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10-12 chicken tenders cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or 2 Tablespoons of the homemade kind
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 2 cups instant white rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, cook chicken in a small amount of oil. Season as desired. I used a generous amount of my House Seasoning.
  • When chicken is fully-cooked, add water, taco seasoning and can of Rotel.
  • Bring to a boil and then add rice.
  • Stir the rice in until mixed, cover, and remove from heat.
  • After all the water has been absorbed (I think I waited about 5 minutes), give the chicken and rice mixture a stir and top with cheese.
  • Put cover on again until cheese has melted.
  • Serve with all your favorite Mexican dish toppings!

Nutrition

Sodium: 293mgCalcium: 170mgVitamin C: 8mgVitamin A: 375IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 467mgCholesterol: 73mgCalories: 293kcalSaturated Fat: 4gFat: 8gProtein: 25gCarbohydrates: 27gIron: 3mg

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