This One Pot Salsa Chicken and Rice is an easy, one pot, winner winner chicken dinner! It’s loaded with flavor and juicy chicken, rice and salsa!
Who’s ready to spice up their Monday??
If you raised your hand, then get ready because this One Pot Salsa Chicken and Rice is a winner, winner chicken dinner!
Hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine’s Day, if you celebrate. We had a quiet weekend actually. I spent part of it with my foot elevated with a bag of ice on my big toe! I had an accident at my local market that involved a bottle of wine that slipped from my grasp and landed smack dab on my big toe. Note to self…never tuck a wine bottle under your arm and then go reach for another one on the shelf. UGH!
But, onto better things…this chicken dish. I made it a few weeks back and Tom and I really, really enjoyed it. The fajita seasoning on the chicken and the added salsa in the dish give it so much flavor. And what’s even better?? It’s a one pot meal that’s so easy to make and even easier to clean up!
I made some homemade fajita seasoning , but you could also use store-bought if you have a favorite. Just make sure if you use a store-bought that it’s just the dry spices, not the packet where you also add water.
Homemade Fajita Seasoning Ingredients
Hoping you guys give this easy, one pot dish a try. It’s one of those go-to’s for those busy weeknights, that everyone is sure to enjoy! And thinking way ahead to Cinco de Mayo, this dish would be perfect with a tasty margarita on the side! Enjoy!
A Few Cook’s Notes for One Pot Salsa Chicken and Rice Recipe:
I used a medium salsa for this recipe, but if you like things spicier use a hot, or if you enjoy things not as spicy, use a mild salsa.
I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe to keep the calories down. If you’re not a fan of dark chicken meat, you can also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You’ll just need to cook them a bit less so they don’t dry out.
You can add the 1/4 teaspoon cayenne to your fajita seasoning if you like a spicier seasoning, or just omit if you don’t.
You won’t use all the fajita seasoning for the dish, so just store any remaining seasoning in an airtight container in your spice cabinet.
This One Pot Salsa Chicken and Rice is an easy, one pot, winner winner chicken dinner! It's loaded with flavor and juicy chicken, rice and salsa!
- 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne, if desired
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 Tbsp. fajita seasoning
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 1 cup red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup yellow pepper, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
- 2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, if desired
In a small bowl, cmbine all seasoning ingredients. Whisk together until well blended. Store in an airtight container.
Add the olive oil to a large, deep skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken thighs evenly with the fajita seasoning. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes per side until chicken is browned and no longer pink. Chicken should have an internal temp of 165 degrees F. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.
To the same skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion, peppers and salt and cook for three minutes, stirring often. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic and flour cook for an additional one minute, stirring often. Add the rice, chicken broth and salsa and bring to a boil. Once the mixture starts boiling, lower the heat and simmer, covered until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Add the chicken and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until heated through and rice is tender. Squeeze in the lime juice and add salt and pepper to taste. Top with the chopped cilantro, if desired.