chicken and rice in a silver skillet

One Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice

Easy One Pot meal that is bursting with fresh veggies!  Makes a big old pot for a couple dinners and maybe a lunch or two!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
382 kcal


  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless boneless thighs would work as well
  • 1 cup rice long grain works best
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 poblano pepper, chopped bell pepper will work as well
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup corn, frozen and thawed fresh or canned drained will work
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 14.5 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1 14.5 ounce can roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce, store bought
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In small bowl combine chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  2. Sprinkle chicken breasts with half of mixture.  Reserving half of spice mixture for rice. 

  3. Heat large skillet over medium high heat.  Add olive oil until hot and just beginning to smoke.

  4. Sear chicken breasts on each side for about 3-4 minutes.  They will not be cooked through but will continue to cook with rice mixture.  Remove from pan and set aside.

  5. In same hot skillet add onion, pepper and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes until just tender.  

  6. Add black beans, corn, tomatoes, uncooked rice, enchilada sauce, remainder of spice blend and chicken stock.  Bring to a simmer and stir.  NOTE: This is a great time to taste.  More chili powder, more salt?  I almost always add more cumin !

  7. Nestle par cooked chicken breasts on top.  Cover and cook 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no moisture remains in the pan.  (NOTE: Stir at least twice. Moving your spoon around the chicken breasts to keep rice from sticking to pan.

  8. Top with cheese if desired along with sour cream and salsa!

Nutrition Facts
One Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 151
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.8g26%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 73.8mg25%
Sodium 925mg39%
Carbohydrates 27.5g9%
Fiber 8.7g35%
Sugar 7.9g9%
Protein 31.8g64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.