March 16, 2023

Chicken taco rice

Plate of chicken taco rice with tortilla chips.

Chicken taco rice is an easy one pot dinner that is sure to be a hit with the entire family. It is a weeknight dinner that is filling and delicious.

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Chicken taco rice is one of my favorite dinners that my mom used to make when I was a kid. The original recipe came from the back of a box of minute rice. You can take a look at the original recipe here

Tacos and Tex-Mex type food is always popular in our house. We love tacos, burritos, nachos, etc. and this rice meal is no exception.

I've adapted it over the years to use regular rice now since that is what we always have on hand. This requires a bit more liquid to be used as well as more cooking time. I also add more corn and some green onions to the dish.

A pot of cooking chicken taco rice.

A terrific thing about this chicken taco rice meal is that you can add toppings that make it your own. We use a shredded Mexican cheese blend, sour cream, and green onions frequently. 

Other toppings that would work are chopped fresh tomatoes, chopped cilantro, hot sauce, sliced black olives, and pretty much anything you enjoy on a taco. 

Serve chicken taco rice with tortilla chips for scooping. I used the scoop kinds here because I love how they can really hold the rice mixture. 

We've always eaten this meal with some kind of tortilla chips and the kids especially love scooping it up like a dip on crunchy chips. 

The chips add extra flavor as well as that great crunch factor. You can also serve the chicken taco rice with some tortilla chips crunched up on top and then eat it with a fork, rather than scoop.

A tortilla chip scooping up chicken taco rice.

I used a red bell pepper in this recipe, but you can use green or any color bell pepper you prefer. I happened to have a red one on hand this time so that is what I used for the photos.

Add this chicken taco rice to your upcoming menu. It's perfect for a weeknight meal since it's pretty easy to make and only uses one pot to cook. 

This is a meal that is always a hit with my kids as well, which is a big bonus. Let kids choose their toppings if you have a few different ones to make it their own.

Yield: 4 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Chicken Taco Rice

Chicken Taco Rice

Chicken taco rice is an easy one pot dinner that is sure to be a hit with the entire family. It is a weeknight dinner that is filling and delicious.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, green and whites separated
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 packet (1 oz.) taco seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup long grain white rice


  1. In a non-stick Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chicken and white portions of the green onions, and cook until the chicken is lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, and taco seasoning to the pot and stir well. Bring to a low boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the corn and bell pepper and turn the heat back up to medium. Add the rice and let the mixture come to a boil.
  5. Reduce to a simmer and stir well to prevent the rice from sticking. Let cook, while giving it a stir every couple of minutes to prevent sticking. If the mixture gets too dry before the rice is cooked, add a half cup of water or chicken broth.
  6. When the rice is cooked through, remove from the heat. Stir in the reserved sliced green onion tops. Serve on plates with tortilla chips and your desired toppings.
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Close-up of chicken taco rice on a plate with cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

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