Cilantro Chicken and Rice Skillet Meal

Cilantro Chicken And Rice Skillet Meal Recipe

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Vickie Parks


This is a one-skillet complete meal, and it's great with some fresh baked cornbread served on the side. This makes a rather large amount, so chill the leftovers and make tortillas for a quick lunch or snack the next day, garnished with a generous dollop of salsa, guacamole or sour cream.


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20 Min
40 Min


  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • 4
    skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 pkg
    taco seasoning
  • 1 medium
    onion, diced
  • 1 medium
    red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 (15oz) can(s)
    low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 c
    uncooked rice (white rice or yellow rice)
  • 1 (15oz) can(s)
    pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1( 15oz) can(s)
    black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15oz) can(s)
    diced tomatoes, don't drained
  • 1 (15oz) can(s)
    whole kernel corn, don't drain
  • 1 (4oz) can(s)
    diced green chile peppers, don't drain
  • 1 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 3/4 c
    coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 c
    low-fat sour cream, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 c
    sliced green onions, for garnish (optional)

How to Make Cilantro Chicken and Rice Skillet Meal


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken and taco seasoning in the skillet, and cook just until chicken is cooked through and starting to brown lightly around the edges, about 5 minutes; remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  2. Stir onion, bell pepper, and garlic into the same skillet. Cook 5 minutes, until tender. Pour in chicken broth. Mix in the yellow rice, pinto beans, black beans, tomatoes, corn, green chiles, and water. Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Bring to a boil. Return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes, until rice is tender and chicken juices run clear.
  3. Stir in cilantro, and cook another minute or two (just enough to heat the cilantro). Top with dollops of sour cream, sprinkle the sliced green onions on top, and serve immediately.

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About Cilantro Chicken and Rice Skillet Meal

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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