One Pan Mexican Chicken Rice Bake


Chicken Boneless Thighs

2 Tbls Olive Oil

2 Tbls Homemade Taco Seasoning

1 Onion, diced

1 Red Bell Pepper, diced

3 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 Cup Raw Rice

1 3/4 Cups Chicken Stock

1 (400g/14oz) Tin Diced Tomatoes

1 Tin Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed

Small Tin Sweet Corn

2 Tsps Homemade Taco Seasoning


1 Lime, juiced

1 Tbls Cilantro

Sour Cream

Homemade Taco Seasoning:

1 Tbls Mild Chilli Powder

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 Tsp Onion Powder

1/2 Tsp Oregano

1/2 Tsp Paprika

1 Tsp Cumin

Salt & Pepper


Add chicken pieces, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning to a medium bowl. Rub the chicken to coat with oil and seasoning.

In a pan brown the chicken on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside. Add the onions and bell pepper to the same pan and cook until tender. Stir in the garlic and rice and cook for an additional minute. Add in the diced tomatoes, chicken stock, beans, corn and 2 teaspoons taco seasoning.

Bring to boil and remove from heat.

Transfer filling to a casserole dish. Snuggle the chicken thighs in between the rice. Cover with foil and cook in oven 190C/375F for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for a further 30 minutes or until chicken and rice is tender.

Remove from oven and squeeze fresh lime juice all over and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.

Serve chicken and rice with a dollop of sour cream.


Nutrition Information:

Calories: 450 kcal | Protein: 25g | Carbohydrates: 50g | Dietary Fiber: 6 g | Sugars: 4g | Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 75 mg | Sodium: 800 mg

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use a different cut of chicken?

Yes, you can use bone-in chicken thighs, chicken breasts, or any other preferred cut.

Adjust cooking times accordingly.

Is homemade taco seasoning necessary?

While homemade is recommended for flavor, you can use store-bought taco seasoning if you’re short on time.

Can I substitute white rice with brown rice?

Yes, you can substitute brown rice, but you may need to adjust the cooking time and liquid levels.

How do I prevent the rice from sticking to the pan?

Ensure you’re using enough olive oil and stirring the rice well when adding other ingredients.

Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

Absolutely, omit the chicken and use vegetable stock for a delicious vegetarian version.

Can I prepare this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the dish and refrigerate it.

Cook when ready, adjusting cooking time as needed.

What can I substitute for red kidney beans?

Black beans or pinto beans can be good substitutes for red kidney beans.

How can I adjust the spice level?

Adjust the amount of chili powder in the taco seasoning to control the spice level, or omit it for a milder taste.

Can I freeze leftovers?

Yes, this dish freezes well.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Can I use pre-cooked or rotisserie chicken?

Yes, you can use pre-cooked chicken.

Add it later in the cooking process to prevent overcooking.

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