One Pan Southwest Chicken Skillet

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One Pan Southwest Chicken Skillet – Up your chicken dinner game with lots of Southwest flavor in a quick and easy one pan dinner!

One pan meals are my favorite for busy weeknights. There are so many ways you can mix them up to have Mexican flavor like this one or even Italian like this Chicken Spinach Alfredo that you can make in just 20 minutes.

Plus, clean up is so much easier! I don’t know about you, but I hate doing dishes. So one pan means clean up is fast and easy.

southwest chicken skillet in a skillet

 

Weeknights are busy, so having a recipe that you can make in just minutes is a must! This chicken skillet all comes together in one pan in about 25 minutes total! You can top it with whatever your favorite taco toppings are, and even mix up the skillet to add beans, use a different protein etc.

What You’ll Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Chicken
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chopped Green Chilies
  • Corn (or use black beans)
  • Uncooked White Rice
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Salsa
  • Chicken Broth
southwest chicken skillet on a plate

How To Make Southwest Chicken Skillet

  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, swirl olive oil to coat. Add the chopped chicken breast and onions and cook for a few minutes. You want the chicken to be browned and the onions to be soft. The chicken will not be cooked through.
  2. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute until you can start to smell it.
  3. Mix in the green chilies, corn, rice, chili powder and cumin. If you want to use black beans, add them now as well.
  4. Stir in salsa and chicken broth. Bring everything to a boil, cover it, and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  5. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until the rice is tender. You will want to stir occasionally to make sure everything cooks evenly.
  6. Top with cheddar cheese, cover and heat for 2-3 minutes until melted.
  7. Served topped with your favorite toppings; sour cream, black olives, avocado, cilantro etc.
southwest chicken skillet in  a skillet

One Pan Southwest Chicken Skillet 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.

You can then top your chicken skillet like you would any of your favorite Mexican dishes. Add sour cream, cilantro, black olives, fresh tomatoes, avocado…you 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!

mexican chicken an rice in a skillet

More One Pan Dinner Recipes

Yield: 4

One Pan Southwest Chicken Skillet

One Pan Southwest Chicken And Rice - Up your chicken dinner game with lots of Southwest flavor in a quick and easy one pan dinner!

One Pan Southwest Chicken Skillet - Up your chicken dinner game with lots of Southwest flavor in a quick and easy one pan dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Toppings:

  • Sour Cream
  • Black Olives
  • Fresh Cilantro

Instructions

    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.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 458Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 112mgSodium 777mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 33g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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