Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole


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There’s something about making an easy Mexican chicken and rice casserole that the whole family loves that you can enjoy. I mean, putting a dish of food out is so much more satisfying when you know everyone is going to eat it.

Plus, it’s kind of awesome to know you can make something so tasty in just a few minutes.

Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole in a cast iron skillet

And, knowing that your Mexican chicken & rice casserole might have leftovers you can warm up tomorrow for lunch? That’s an awesome feeling right there.

Let’s get cooking!

Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole next to beans and corn on the cob on a white plate on a black table with more casserole. an avocado cut in half and a red and white checkered cloth in the background

What You Need to Make Easy Mexican Chicken & Rice Casserole:

This is a very simple chicken recipe that’s no-fail. Seriously, anyone can make these, as long as you can follow some basic cooking instructions. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs and legs deboned, cooked & shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 1/2 cups dry uncooked long-grain rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 diced bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion
Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole next to beans and corn on the cob on a white plate on a black table with more casserole. an avocado cut in half and a red and white checkered cloth in the background

How to Make Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole:

Step 1

Combine your spices and mix them with the rice and water. Boil the rice mixture for 20 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

spices in piles in a white baking dish on a white table

Step 2

When the rice is fully cooked and fork-tender, place it in the bottom of a cast iron skillet in a layer across the bottom.

Add chicken across the top of the rice in a layer.

layering chicken over rice in a cast iron skillet

Step 3

Top chicken with the bell pepper.

layering bell peppers over chicken and rice in a cast iron skillet

Step 4

Add the green onion on top of the bell pepper.

layering green onions over bell peppers, chicken and rice in a cast iron skillet

Step 5

Cover the entire casserole with cheese then bake for 15 minutes.

Allow the Mexican chicken and rice casserole to cool and then serve!

layering shredded cheese over green onions, bell peppers, chicken and rice in a cast iron skillet

More Easy Chicken Recipes You’ll Love

If you love this easy chicken recipe, but you’re not quite ready to bust out your cutting board, just pin this to your favorite easy Mexican dinner ideas board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!

Yield: 6 Servings of Mexican Chicken & Rice Casserole

Mexican Chicken & Rice Casserole

Mexican Chicken & Rice Casserole

This easy Mexican chicken & rice casserole is an easy dish that you can make in just minutes. And it's so tasty that you'll love serving it!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs and legs deboned, cooked & shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 1/2 cups dry uncooked long-grain rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 diced bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion

Instructions

  1. Combine your spices and mix them with the rice and water. Boil the rice mixture for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  3. When the rice is fully cooked and fork-tender, place it in the bottom of a cast iron skillet in a layer across the bottom.
  4. Add chicken across the top of the rice in a layer.
  5. Top chicken with the bell pepper.
  6. Add the green onion on top of the bell pepper.
  7. Cover the entire casserole with cheese then bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Allow the Mexican chicken and rice casserole to cool and then serve!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 776mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 34g

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