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Rotel Southwest Chicken Skillet

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One pot and 30 minutes are all you need for this Rotel Southwest Chicken Skillet! Big flavor without a lot of effort.

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When I say this is a 30 minute meal, I’m not lying. Maybe 35 minutes, depending on how long it takes you to cut up your chicken, but the majority of the cook time you’re just waiting for the rice to cook.

Not only is it quick, it really is one of my favorite meals. I love the flavors and how they come together. It warms up beautifully and is great for a quick weeknight meal.

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SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SKILLET INGREDIENTS

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Seasonings – salt, pepper, Montreal Chicken, red pepper flakes – your choice
  • Olive Oil – extra virgin
  • Rice – white rice, uncooked
  • Rotel – one 10 oz can of the diced tomatoes & green chiles, whichever heat level you like
  • Tomato Sauce – an 8 oz can
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • Sour Cream – as an optional topping

serving of cheesy chicken dish topped with sour cream

WHAT IS IN A CAN OF ROTEL?

Rotel is canned tomatoes with diced green chiles. The level of heat varies based on which you choose – you can get mild, medium, hot, etc. Choose your favorite. It adds great flavor. It also makes a great dip – try this Rotel Dip!

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ROTEL?

If you don’t have any Rotel on hand, you can substitute a can of diced tomatoes. If going this route, use red pepper flakes to add however much heat you like.

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HOW DO I MAKE IT?

STEP ONE: Season your chicken with salt, pepper, Montreal chicken seasoning, red pepper flakes – whatever you like.

STEP TWO: Add some olive oil to your pan and saute the chicken until no longer pink.

STEP THREE: Stir in uncooked rice, can of Rotel, can of tomato sauce, and water. Bring it to a boil then cover it.

STEP FOUR: Turn the heat to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes, stir so it doesn’t stick, then cook another 10 minutes.

STEP FIVE: Once the rice is done, stir, top with shredded cheese, remove from heat, and cover to let the cheese melt.

Top with sour cream & enjoy!

WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR CHICKEN SKILLET

  • Add in a can of rinsed black beans at the same time as you add the rice to add more protein. Or, skip the chicken altogether and use black beans instead.
  • Stir in some corn at the end (either frozen or canned) before you top with shredded cheese.
  • Once done, top with sour cream, green onions, or more shredded cheese.
  • Sensitive to spice? Either opt for “mild” Rotel or just use diced tomatoes instead.

chicken skillet topped with sour cream

TOOLS FOUND ON AMAZON TO HELP YOU MAKE THIS SKILLET DINNER

  • Skillet with a lid – I have this one & am a fan.
  • Silicone Spoons – I’ve had this set for YEARS and I love that they don’t scratch up your pans and have the little notch to hold them onto the side of the pan.
  • Can Opener – I actually need a new one & you have a few cans to open in this recipe.

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Rotel Southwest Chicken Skillet

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
One pot and 30 minutes are all you need for this Rotel Southwest Chicken Skillet! Big flavor without a lot of effort.
4.45 from 27 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 272 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Montreal Chicken seasoning to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup white rice uncooked
  • 10 oz can RoTel diced tomatoes & green chilies
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water

Toppings

  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese to taste
  • sour cream

Instructions
 

  • Cut your chicken into small (about 1″) pieces and season with salt, pepper, Montreal chicken seasoning, and red pepper flakes (or whichever seasonings you prefer).
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and coat with the olive oil.
  • Once hot, add in the seasoned chicken and cook until no longer pink.
  • Stir in the uncooked rice, can of RoTel, can of tomato sauce, and water. Bring to a boil then cover.
  • Reduce heat to low and let cook for 10 minutes or until rice is tender. After 10 minutes, stir to prevent the rice from sticking, the re-cover and cook another 10 minutes.
  • Once the rice is done, stir the mixture and top with a handful of shredded cheese. Turn off heat and cover for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  • Top with a dollop of sour cream and serve.

Notes

  • Add in a can of rinsed black beans at the same time as you add the rice to add more protein. Or, skip the chicken altogether and use black beans instead.
  • Stir in some corn at the end (either frozen or canned) before you top with shredded cheese.
  • Once done, top with sour cream, green onions, or more shredded cheese.
  • Sensitive to spice? Either opt for "mild" Rotel or just use diced tomatoes instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 21gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 750mgPotassium: 537mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 360IUVitamin C: 7.9mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 1.6mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Originally published September 26, 2013

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  1. Jen says

    Head a large skillet over medium high heat and coat with a turn of the pan of olive oil.

    Not sure about this statement.

    • Melissa Williams says

      *HEAT. I had been meaning to fix that, thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Cheryl says

      Like you couldn’t figure that out.

  2. Brittany says

    I followed this recipe for exactly as printed and the entire bottom layer of rice was burnt to a crisp. Super disappointed.

    • Melissa Williams says

      You had it on low & stirred it like I mention in step 4?

      STEP FOUR: Turn the heat to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes, stir so it doesn’t stick, then cook another 10 minutes.

  3. Katja Beh-Forrest says

    5 stars
    This was fast, easy, delicious. We all customized our toppings from cheese and avocado to hot sauce & tortilla chips. It’s a keeper!

  4. Cathy says

    5 stars
    Super fast, easy & DELICIOUS!! Adding this to my go to recipes!! Thanks Melissa!!

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