One Pan Southwest Chicken and Rice

Erin S. | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

This one pan Southwest chicken and rice dish is so good. Up your chicken dinner game with lots of flavor in one quick and easy dish.

One Pan Southwest Chicken and Rice Photo

I can't believe it is fall already. There is pumpkin everything, everywhere you turn. I know everyone is always saying how quickly time flies, but seriously it is going way too fast! My 11 year old is asking almost daily to add things to his Christmas list.

I am not ready for winter, so I am crossing my fingers that fall lasts a little longer this year. Or maybe time just slows down for a month or two. That isn't asking for too much, is it? 

One thing that helps these colder fall nights is a warm and comforting dinner! But I don't want to spend hours cooking something on the stove or in the oven. Which is why I love an easy one pan meal.

One Pan Southwest Chicken and Rice Picture

You can use pasta or rice and then just about any protein and flavor combination that you like. So easy to mix it up every night of the week. And if you are only cooking in one pan, that means there isn't that much to clean up. It is a winning situation all around!

I kind of love anything with Mexican flavors. This Mexican Rice Skillet has been a hit for a long time with my family. So today we are mixing it up with chicken!

One Pan Southwest Chicken and Rice is kind of a twist on the classic chicken and rice. You dice up the chicken into bite sized pieces, then cook the chicken and rice together in the same pan. Just add salsa, cheese, Southwest seasonings, some chilies and you have a super flavorful dinner.

One Pan Southwest Chicken and Rice Image

You can then top your chicken and rice like you would any of your favorite Mexican dishes. Add sour cream, cilantro, black olives, fresh tomatoes, name it, go for it! And the leftovers are so good for lunch the next day.

So get in the kitchen and make this one pan meal for dinner tonight, only takes 25 minutes and you have dinner for the whole family done!

One Pan Southwest Chicken and Rice Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Chicken, Cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 small Onion, Finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 ounces Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 cup Corn
  • 1 cup Long Grain White Rice, Uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 cup Salsa
  • 2 1/4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • Sour Cream
  • Black Olives
  • Fresh Cilantro


  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, swirl olive oil to coat.
  2. Add chicken and onions, cook for 4-6 minutes until chicken is browned and onions are soft.
  3. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Mix in green chilies, corn, rice, chili powder and cumin.
  5. Stir in salsa and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  6. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  7. Top with cheddar cheese, cover and heat for 2-3 minutes until melted.
  8. Served topped with your favorite toppings; sour cream, black olives, avocado, cilantro etc.


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Erin is passionate about quick and easy dinners that lead to family togetherness on her blog, Dinners, Dishes & Desserts. How could we not ask her to share that passion as an Easy Dinner fanatic?