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

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.

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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.

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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


  • 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


  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.
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