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Mar 21

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet overhead

This tasty, one-pan Chicken Taco Rice Skillet is one of my ultimate comfort foods. Great depth of flavor with a bit of a kick, sweet bites of corn, and a hearty serving, this feels like you’re curling up with a big bowl of spicy, cheesy, satisfying deliciousness. This recipe was created based on my craving for Mexican flavors and the ingredients I keep on hand in my kitchen, and it turned out so, so good. I’m definitely putting this in out regular meal rotation and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! My husband tried to lay claim to all the leftovers to make into morning breakfast burritos (he adds scrambled eggs and chimi sauce), but I managed to snag some for myself. I may have to double the recipe next time!

This recipe makes six cups total, which I made into four big (1 ½ cup) servings. If you’re serving this with a filling side dish or just want a smaller serving you could definitely split it into six smaller (1 cup) servings instead. As written, each 1 ½ cup serving of this Chicken Taco Rice Skillet is 455 calories or 7 WW Points (or 8 WW Points if following the diabetic WW plan). To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet stirred

Recipe/Ingredient Tips

  • Salsa: For this recipe, it’s best to use a runnier/more liquid-y salsa (often called “restaurant-style”), rather than a chunky variety. I personally love the Wegmans Roasted Tomato Salsa.
  • Queso Dip: I used Tostitos Queso Blanco dip in this recipe because I like the flavor, usually have it on hand, and it’s pretty WW and calorie friendly. You can definitely substitute their Salsa Con Queso (the orange kind) or another brand if you like!
  • Rice: I used long grain brown rice in this recipe and it worked out wonderfully! If you only have white rice on hand you can definitely use that instead, you’ll probably just want to lessen the simmer time from 45 minutes to around 30 minutes.
  • Corn: I used frozen corn kernels in this dish because I always have a bag in my freezer, but if you have canned corn or fresh corn on hand, any of those would work just fine. Just drain the canned corn or cut the fresh corn off the cob and then measure out a cup.
  • Chicken: The chopped chicken breast pieces were delicious in this, so I recommend making it this way! However, if you have other meats like ground beef, ground chicken/turkey, or sausage on hand, you could definitely substitute another meat with tasty results.
  • Vegetarian Option: If you’d like to make a meatless version of this recipe, you can swap vegetable broth for the chicken broth and use black beans, meatless crumbles, or tofu instead of the chicken.
  • Possible add-ins: I would recommend making this recipe as written the first time you try it because I think it turned out perfect, but there are definitely some other ingredients you could add based on your preferences. Keep in mind that adding ingredients may change the nutrition information/WW points.
    • Canned diced green chilies
    • Bell Peppers
    • Hot Sauce (if you like it spicy)
    • Shredded Cheese
    • Black Beans

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet with spoon

Cutting up the chicken

I often buy a big pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts at the store and then use kitchen shears to trim them down to make 5-6 oz cutlets to use in recipes. Everything I cut off to make the cutlets gets cut into chunks to either make chicken bites or go in recipes like this Chicken Taco Rice Skillet! It’s easy to weigh out 1 lb or 1.5 lb of chicken chunks and freeze them for later in a quart size freezer bag. That way, I always have some on hand! Buying the bulk packs of chicken breasts is cost-effective, and cutting them into cutlets and bites ensured I have what I need on hand when I go to make a recipe. I find that kitchen shears make this task go quicker and easier than using a knife, so I highly recommend using shears like these (affiliate link).

More Mexican-Inspired Recipes

Looking for more Mexican-inspired recipes like this Chicken Taco Rice Skillet? Check out my Cheesy Spicy Black Bean Skillet, Loaded Guacamole, Mexican Street Corn Chicken, Easy Chicken Tacos, Breakfast Tostadas, 7 Layer Dip, Easy Chicken and Bean Enchiladas, Easy Salsa Rice, Deep Dish Taco Casserole, Fiesta Stuffed Chicken, Easy Chicken Quesadillas, Mexican Chicken Cauliflower Rice Skillet, Beef Taco Soup, Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake, Spicy Beef Taquitos, Chicken Tamale Bake, Cheesy Taco Pasta, and more in the Mexican category of my recipe index!

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet with spoon
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Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

This one-pan Chicken Taco Rice Skillet is satisfying Mexican-inspired comfort food!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 oz packet of taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
  • 2 ½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup thin salsa, divided (choose a liquid-y, not chunky, kind)
  • ¼ cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 4 tablespoons queso dip, (I used Tostitos Queso Blanco dip)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, optional


  • Drizzle 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large sauté pan or walled skillet. Bring the oil over med-high heat. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat them in the oil. Sprinkle a tablespoon of the taco seasoning over the chicken and stir again to coat. Cook the chicken for 5-6 minutes, stirring every couple minutes. Once the chicken is cooked through and browned on the outside, remove it to a side plate and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Drizzle the remaining teaspoon of oil into the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Add the chopped onion and cook over medium heat for a couple minutes until softened. Add the uncooked rice and the remainder of the taco seasoning and stir together. Cook for a minute and then add the chicken broth, ¼ cup of the salsa, the tomato sauce, and the corn. Stir together and increase the heat to bring the mixture to a boil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes* until the rice is cooked through and the liquids are absorbed.
    *if your rice isn't done at 45 minutes, try adding a bit more liquid and cooking it another 10-15 minutes
  • Remove the lid and stir/fluff the rice mixture. Add the remaining ¼ cup of salsa and the queso dip and stir to coat the rice. Add the reserved chicken and stir together. Cover and cook for another minute or two until chicken is warmed through. Sprinkle with cilantro (if using) and serve.


To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
WW Points per (1 ½ cup) serving: 7* (Points calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
*8 Points per serving if following the diabetic plan
Nutrition Information per (1 ½ cup) serving:
455 calories, 54 g carbs, 6 g sugars, 10 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 33 g protein, 3 g fiber, 1405 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)
Weight Watchers PointsPlus:
11 per (1 ½ cup) serving (PP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

17 comments on “Chicken Taco Rice Skillet”

  1. Made this last night. I found that I needed to add more chicken broth and let the rice cook longer, but it turned out amazing, and it reheated well today! For the queso I used one I found in the refrigerated section at the grocery store and it melted very nicely as I mixed it in. Will definitely be making this one again 🙂

    • I’m so glad you liked it!! Everyone’s stoves cook differently and I’ve also had long grain brown rice in different packages with completely different cook times, so it can sometimes be tough to give one-size-fits-all instructions. I edited the recipe to reflect it may take a bit more time and liquid, depending. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. This was super good! The only change I made to the ingredient list was that I made it with more chicken (0 points for me and my Costco pack had more than 1 lb). I checked the rice with about 10 minutes left, at which point I also had to add more liquid (I added water) and ultimately cook the rice for longer (about 10 add’l minutes beyond what the recipe calls for). Our stove top tends to run hot; if yours does too, probably worth keeping an eye on the rice and adjusting as needed. We had it 2 nights in a row and it reheated well! I think it would freeze well too. I was dubious about whether or not the queso quantity would be “enough”, and it definitely goes a long way!4 stars

    • Yeah, everyone’s stoves cook differently and I’ve also had long grain brown rice in different packages with completely different cook times, so it can sometimes be tough to give one-size-fits-all instructions! I edited the recipe to reflect it may take a bit more time and liquid depending. Thanks for the feedback, I’m glad you liked it!

  3. If i use 1/2 cup of the brown rice and.1/2 cup cauliflower rice, would you cook it the same?

    • I did a batch tonight with all cauliflower rice. I didn’t use any broth, and cooked it for about 10 min once I added in the cauliflower rice. I added black beans to mine as well. It was yummy.

  4. We’ve made this twice so far and it’s a hit! Brown rice is zero points for me on my plan (we don’t have it often), so I’m looking forward to finding more rice recipes vs the usual pastas

  5. This was DELICIOUS! Great flavor and a generous portion. Can’t wait to make it again!5 stars

  6. Loved this recipe.   Made it tonight (Cinco de Mayo) as written and it was delicious.    I did top with chopped green onions.    Thank you for yet another awesome recipe.   It’s a keeper!   5 stars

  7. Do you think this recipe could be adapted to use a slow cooker?

  8. Could you substitute minute rice for the long grain rice?

  9. Made this tonight so I would have leftovers for tomorrow night (so much to do in preparation for Christmas). Served with sour cream on the side for anyone who may have thought it too spicy. Will definitely make it again.

  10. This was delicious! My whole family enjoyed. The only thing I did different was after I browned the chicken k took it out to sauté onion but added it back in to simmer the whole 45 minutes. It was so tender! Recipe is definitely a keeper!

  11. I could not get over how tasty this is! I did add a red pepper, and black beans, along with my own salt free taco seasoning blend. I meal prepped it for WW lunches, and happy to report it also reheats great. I also encouraged my family try a taste, and they requested it for family dinner. The Tostitos Queso is like a magical cheesy ingredient with how much creaminess it adds for so few points! Definitely a winner and easy to whip up.5 stars

  12. This is one of the best rice dishes I have ever eaten.5 stars

  13. I found your website on WW Connect where someone posted your pizza logs recipe. I made that over the weekend, but made this dish tonight and OMG! One of the best meals I have ever made. My husband refuses to eat leftovers, but announced tonight he will be taking the leftovers of this dish for lunch tomorrow. I don’t know how you came up with this recipe, but it is divine and hard to believe you can have it while doing WW. Thank you! 

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