Slow Cooker Taco Chicken and Rice

How to make Slow Cooker Taco Chicken and Rice

Ingredients

3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (2 lb)

1 (1-ounce) packet taco seasoning

1 (10.5-ounce) can Cream of Chicken or Mushroom soup

1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained

1 (7.6-ounce) box Old El Paso Cheesy Mexican Rice

Instructions

Put the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.

In a bowl combine taco seasoning, creamy soup and undrained tomatoes. Pour this mixture over the chicken.

Set the cooker to LOW for 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.

After it has cooked, shred the chicken directly in the cooker.

Prepare Cheesy Mexican Rice according to package instructions. Mix it with the chicken. Now you can enjoy it!

Notes

Want to dive into this Slow Cooker Taco Chicken and Rice without the gluten worry? You’ve got this! Simply swap out the regular Cream of Chicken or Mushroom soup with a gluten-free version.

As for the taco seasoning, many store-bought versions are gluten-free, but always double-check the label or whip up your own blend at home.

Lastly, ensure the Cheesy Mexican Rice is gluten-free or opt for a plain rice alternative. There you go—a dish that’s just as delicious, with all the warmth and none of the gluten. Bon appétit!

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 1415 | Total Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 268mg | Sodium: 3238mg | Total Carbohydrates: 199g | Dietary Fiber: 4g | Sugars: 10g | Protein: 86g

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use other types of rice for this recipe?

While this recipe specifically calls for Old El Paso Cheesy Mexican Rice, you can use other types of rice as a substitute if you prefer.

However, the cooking time and method may need to be adjusted accordingly.

Can I use homemade taco seasoning instead of a packet?

Yes, you can use homemade taco seasoning if you prefer to have more control over the ingredients.

You can find various taco seasoning recipes online or create your own blend of spices.

Is there a substitute for Cream of Chicken or Mushroom soup?

If you prefer not to use canned soup, you can make a homemade substitute with a roux (butter and flour) and chicken or mushroom broth.

There are also dairy-free and gluten-free alternatives available.

What can I serve with Slow Cooker Taco Chicken and Rice?

This dish can be served with a variety of toppings and sides.

Common options include shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, or chopped fresh cilantro.

You can also serve it with tortilla chips or warm tortillas.

Can I adjust the spice level of this recipe?

Yes, you can adjust the spice level to your preference.

If you like it spicier, consider using a hotter variety of diced tomatoes and green chiles or adding extra taco seasoning.

To make it milder, opt for mild versions of these ingredients or reduce the amount of taco seasoning used.

Can I use other types of meat instead of chicken?

While the recipe calls for chicken breasts, you can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs, ground beef, ground turkey, or even a vegetarian meat substitute like tofu or tempeh.

What can I substitute for the Old El Paso Cheesy Mexican Rice?

If you can’t find the specified rice product, you can use regular white or brown rice and adjust the seasoning accordingly.

You might also consider using other flavored rice mixes or adding cheese separately for a cheesy element.

Can I make this recipe without a slow cooker?

Yes, you can adapt this recipe for stovetop or oven cooking.

Simply follow the steps to cook the chicken and sauce in a large pot or skillet and cook the rice separately.

Then combine them as instructed.

How can I make this recipe spicier or milder?

To make the dish spicier, consider using a hotter variety of diced tomatoes and green chiles, adding extra taco seasoning, or including chopped jalapenos or other hot peppers.

For a milder version, use mild or no-spice-added ingredients.

What toppings or garnishes go well with this dish?

Common toppings and garnishes for this recipe include shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro, salsa, and lime wedges.

You can customize it with your favorite Mexican-inspired toppings.

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