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Apr 07 2010

Southwest Chicken & Rice – One Pot Meal!

Published by at 1:51 pm under Cooking at Home

When it comes to weeknight dinners, I try to make something quick and easy that doesn’t require a lot of crazy ingredients – especially when I cook without Daniel’s supervision.  So the reason why I decided to make Southwest Chicken & Rice is actually really silly… we happened to have a ton of ripe avocados from our neighbor’s tree and thought it would be good to add to a chicken dish. Yes, one measly ingredient that I turned into a huge party in a pot. Luckily, I had everything else in the fridge & cupboard that I wanted to get rid of, so this meal worked wonderfully. Since I get to work from home, I was able to prepare this for Daniel and I before he got home from work, so that we were able to enjoy the rest of our day doing other things – like exercising and gardening.

What makes this “Southwest” is probably the corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno, and avocados that I used. Of course, beans could be an option too, but I am not a fan of beans. The chicken was sprinkled with cumin and salt and cooked in the same pot as the vegetables along with chicken broth and rice. This is yet another complete meal that satisfies the protein, carbs, and fiber portion of your diet. It only takes about 30 minutes of your time and you’ve got dinner on the table. And as for dessert? Fruit, of course.

In a large pot (like a dutch oven), saute 1 chopped onion, 2 tbsp chopped jalapeno, and 1 cup bell peppers until tender.

Add 1 1/4 cups chicken broth and 1 can of diced tomatoes (undrained). Bring this to a boil and add 1 cup uncooked long grain rice.

I used 1 lb. of skinless and boneless chicken thighs (and removed as much fat as possible...ew). But you can use chicken breast halves instead. Sprinkle cumin, salt, and pepper on both sides.

The chicken is placed inside the pot, along with 1/2 cup of corn. Cover the pot and simmer for 10-15 minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked through. Then, let the liquid evaporate to thicken the ingredients.

See how colorful this dish is?? You get the beautiful orange, red, and yellow from the vegetables - not to mention green from the avocados! (Eat the rainbow, right?) The rice is cooked in the pot so it's full of flavor with a nice spicy heat from the jalapenos, and the seasoned chicken has some melted mozzarella cheese on top. This meal is dressed to impress! I love one-pot meals because I don't have to do a lot of dishes! Efficiency at it's best. :)

To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Southwest Chicken & Rice

52 responses so far

52 Responses to “Southwest Chicken & Rice – One Pot Meal!”

  1. Sandyon 07 Apr 2010 at 2:15 pm

    This looks like a very flavorful and colorful meal to try. Can you post more “one pot meals” for future recipes? :)

  2. Peteron 07 Apr 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Looks delicious, thanks!

    P.S. I think it’s supposed to be “taste the rainbow” ^_^

  3. Sherrill Laughlinon 07 Apr 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Deeeee—lish. Can’t wait to make this, and I LOVE spanish influenced foods!

  4. connieon 07 Apr 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Yum! Sounds fantastic can’t wait to try.

  5. thefoodaddictson 07 Apr 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Sandy – yes I’ll try to do more one-pot meals!
    Peter – well, I hope you get to try it! and PS… I actually did mean eat the rainbow, because that’s what they tell you to do to be healthy. Taste the rainbow is the Skittles slogan. Hehe.
    Sherrill – I gotta do more Spanish-inspired cooking, then!
    Connie – it’s easy and tasty. give it a try!

  6. Cooking Rookieon 07 Apr 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Great recipe! My bf loves stews – I’ll make this one for him :-) . Thanks!

  7. Ninetteon 07 Apr 2010 at 3:31 pm

    That’s great! I usually use my rice cooker to make these kind of mixed rices and then you really don’t have to watch a thing!

  8. Alisaon 07 Apr 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Yes, the colors in that are seriously appetizing! Wow!

  9. kathy gorion 07 Apr 2010 at 4:38 pm

    what a bright and festive looking dish! beautifully done.

  10. arunaon 07 Apr 2010 at 5:49 pm

    wat a colorful gorgeous dish!!!!

  11. anncooon 07 Apr 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I love the color of this one pot meal. Looks so delicious!

  12. noobcookon 07 Apr 2010 at 6:16 pm

    30 minutes for such a huge pot of goodness! love the touch of avocados and jalapenos

  13. Stephanieon 07 Apr 2010 at 6:49 pm

    What creativity….and healthy too. Will definitely be trying this recipe.

  14. Kaitlinon 07 Apr 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Yum! This sounds awesome. This is my kind of food. Consider this post bookmarked!

  15. cakebrainon 07 Apr 2010 at 7:46 pm

    oh man…I am so wanting a big mounding plate of that chicken ‘n rice! I am low-carbing right now to try to lose the muffin top before swimsuit season. Rice is practically off limits right now. I guess the veggies and chicken and avocado on a salad could work…ah nah. Who am I fooling? Comfort food isn’t a salad! I’ll have to lick the screen instead…

  16. thefoodaddictson 07 Apr 2010 at 8:19 pm

    cakebrain – you are so funny. i should listen to you and do low-carb too… summer’s around the corner and it’s bikini season!! aaagh! i’m trying to cut back my portions, too. sometimes its just too damn hard. but i think the chicken/veggies/avocado combo in a salad could be quite tasty!

  17. Cynthiaon 07 Apr 2010 at 8:48 pm

    This looks so good! I love rice dishes! This reminds me of a home style red beans and rice dish I used to love as a kid. I can practically smell the delicious flavours wafting from your Southwest chicken rice!

  18. TasteHongKongon 07 Apr 2010 at 9:36 pm

    You have my vote for your one pot dish : ).

  19. rosaon 07 Apr 2010 at 10:02 pm

    i will try this recipe. it looks yummy plus less dishes to clean always gets my vote :)

  20. The Duo Disheson 07 Apr 2010 at 10:33 pm

    The one pot technique is smart. Making a beauty of a meal is great, but it’s not fun when there’s a kitchen full of dishes!

  21. Casey Angelovaon 07 Apr 2010 at 11:21 pm

    This looks delicious, healthy and easy. One pot, easy clean-up, happy me!

  22. MaryMohon 07 Apr 2010 at 11:39 pm

    That’s such a delicious and healthy one pot meal. I would like that….easy to serve and eat :D

  23. graceon 08 Apr 2010 at 2:36 am

    oh, what i wouldn’t give for a ton of ripe avocados. this looks delicious–all my favorite ingredients combined into one easy-peasy feast.

  24. Laurenon 08 Apr 2010 at 4:03 am

    Gotta love one-pot meals… especially one with southwestern flavors! This meal looks fantastic.

  25. kristyon 08 Apr 2010 at 4:15 am

    Cool…got to try this recipe out on this coming weekend! Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day. Cheers.

  26. Belinda @zomppaon 08 Apr 2010 at 4:40 am

    Perfect!! Great for outdoor summer days.

  27. Emily @Cleanlinesson 08 Apr 2010 at 4:50 am

    One pot meal? Southwest dish? ….You’re after my own heart!

  28. 5 Star Foodieon 08 Apr 2010 at 5:28 am

    Awesome recipe! I love the corn and avocado additions, yum!

  29. Mark @ Cafe Campanaon 08 Apr 2010 at 6:19 am

    This looks very good. I like finding new easy weeknight meals. This is on the “to cook” list.

  30. Cynthiaon 08 Apr 2010 at 8:47 am

    This is a sure winner! I always say that good fast food is a chicken and rice one-pot dish.

  31. kathyon 08 Apr 2010 at 9:05 am

    You are right.. it’s looks great. I would love to try this myself. Thanks! :-)

  32. Rachel Jon 08 Apr 2010 at 9:14 am

    most excellent weeknight meal!

  33. Rochelle (Acquired Taste)on 08 Apr 2010 at 10:44 am

    This sounds like a fantastic meal! I love the avocado that you have on top, I bet it goes great with the chicken, peppers, and cools down the heat of the jalapenos :D

  34. Charleson 08 Apr 2010 at 11:32 am

    I would brown the chicken with the fat on to get some browning, some shmaltz, and fond. Set chicken aside before fully cooked. Then the veggies, then…. return chicken to pot.

  35. Conor @ HoldtheBeefon 08 Apr 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Delicious meal, and minimal washing up! Sold! You are so lucky to have a glut of avocados.

  36. bunkycookson 08 Apr 2010 at 6:51 pm

    This looks like an awesome one pot meal! I get really tired of lots of pots, so I will have to give your recipe a try.

  37. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipeson 08 Apr 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Oh what a lovely meal! That looks so colorful and flavorful!

  38. citronetvanilleon 08 Apr 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Great meal, those are the most convenient! all those great flavors combined together, yum

  39. tigerfishon 08 Apr 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Ok…I heard you and seen it! You love fried rice including this :D

    Love the colors of the one-dish meal.

  40. Simply Lifeon 09 Apr 2010 at 3:57 am

    wow, this looks great! i love all the colors!

  41. Mama Hollion 09 Apr 2010 at 6:33 am

    I love that I have found this blog!! Great recipes! Posting you up today on my blog!! Sending you a little Link Love!

  42. Lane aka DinnnerandConversationon 09 Apr 2010 at 7:17 am

    I have almost NO one pot meals in My repertoire! I am so glad Foodbuzz re-instituted the send to my foodie friends feature and I could find this in my inbox! Thanks for sending it!

  43. Kathleenon 09 Apr 2010 at 10:09 am

    Hey! This is my first visit to your blog. I saw you featured on Nobody Puts Mama in the Corner’s blog. This sounds like a fabulous dish. i love one pot meals and this one has healthy comfort food written all over it! Thanks for sharing ;)

  44. Shari Goodmanon 09 Apr 2010 at 12:33 pm

    This sounds like wonderful comfort food

    This sounds like wonderful comfort food. Beautifully put together!

  45. sweetlifeon 09 Apr 2010 at 2:42 pm

    great one pot meal..perfect for a busy week


  46. Kitchen Butterflyon 10 Apr 2010 at 7:52 am

    I love one pots…..slow cooking and colourful food. This is a winner for me, on 3 fronts, including cleaning up!

  47. Lilianon 10 Apr 2010 at 6:46 pm

    What a wonderful dish – and cooked all in one pot! I make a dish that’s similar but I brown the chicken first and use different veggies- I have to definitely try your recipe.

  48. Bianca@ South Bay Rants n Raveson 12 Apr 2010 at 11:16 am

    I love one pot meals…less cleanup & more time to enjoy the food! This looks great!


  49. Amyon 18 Apr 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I love one pots…..slow cooking and colourful food. This is a winner for me, on 3 fronts, including cleaning up!

  50. Bettieon 13 Jan 2011 at 10:24 am

    This recipe looks delicious! Can I use brown rice without altering any of the other ingredients? Adding black beans also sounds good…what do you think?


  51. thefoodaddictson 13 Jan 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Bettie,

    Brown rice will work, but keep in mind it takes a lot longer to cook than regular white rice – check the cooking instructions on the rice. And yes, black beans would be great in this dish! Let us know if it works out for you! Thanks :)

  52. Cindy lopezon 03 Oct 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I used trader joes brown rice medley (long grain brown rice, black barley, and daikon radish seeds). Black barley gave a hint of black beans. Yes, it takes longer to cook but it turned out fine. Next time, I’ll add a little saffron.

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