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One-Pot Wonder: Spicy salsa chicken and rice in 25 minutes

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

Impossibly easy Mexican chicken and rice skillet means dinner in minutes and only one pan to clean

A busy day can be stressful, especially when you have to come up with dinner in a hurry. But don't worry, this one-pot wonder will save your weeknights.

I always cook by sautéing some ingredients ahead of the others to make sure their best flavors come through. But there are times when I need to go for something quicker and simpler. One-pot wonders are lifesavers for people who are just in too much of a rush but would still like to have healthy, home-cooked meals on the table in little time and with almost no effort. Put all the ingredients together in one big pot, then that's it.

Impossibly easy Mexican chicken and rice skillet means dinner in minutes and only one pan to clean
Image: Rowena Dumlao-Giardina/SheKnows

This one-pot spicy salsa chicken and rice is packed with flavors and is so tasty. This is one of my family's favorite meals, and it always gets a "yum" or two from everyone. Use your favorite salsa, because the whole dish depends on those flavors.

Impossibly easy Mexican chicken and rice skillet means dinner in minutes and only one pan to clean
Image: Rowena Dumlao-Giardina/SheKnows

One-pot spicy chicken salsa rice recipe

Be sure to use a large pan, as the rice will expand substantially.

Serves 4

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/2 cup precooked corn kernels
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon jalapeño powder (more if you want more heat)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Using a sharp knife, make some small, deep slits in the chicken thighs to make sure the inside part will cook well.
  2. To a large saucepan, add all the ingredients except for the fresh tomato and parsley.
  3. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 18 to 20 minutes or until the chicken and rice are cooked through.
  4. Garnish with the fresh tomatoes and parsley.

Impossibly easy Mexican chicken and rice skillet means dinner in minutes and only one pan to clean

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