Spanish Chicken and Rice Skillet

5 from 7 votes

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With just a few ingredients, you can make this Spanish Chicken and Rice Skillet. It is a delicious and quick meal to feed your whole family!

Spanish chicken and rice skillet in a skillet with lime garnished on top.
Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients in Spanish Chicken and Rice
  2. Fresh and Delicious
  3. 5-Star Ratings from our Readers
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. South of the Border Sensations
  6. How to Make One-Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice
  7. Spanish Chicken and Rice Skillet Recipe

Jared and I were trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight but had very few ingredients in our pantry and fridge. We made up this Spanish Chicken and Rice Skillet with the few ingredients we had. Needless to say, it was a quick, easy, and tasty meal! We especially love that is is a one pot meal!

Ingredients in Spanish Chicken and Rice

  • Boneless Chicken Breasts – you can also use chicken thighs or even bone-in chicken.
  • Taco Seasoning – you can make your own taco seasoning with chili powder, cumin, cornstarch, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
  • Oil
  • Salsa
  • Corn
  • Black Beans
  • Knorr Spanish Rice
  • Water – you can also use chicken broth to make your Spanish Chicken and Rice even more flavorful.
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Lime
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Optional Add-ins: sour cream, diced tomatoes, black or green olives, bell peppers, Spanish chorizo sausage, frozen peas, or cayenne pepper for a little extra spice.
Spanish chicken with rice in a skillet garnished with lime wedges.

Fresh and Delicious

When you’re in the mood for a meal that really hits the spot, you want something fresh and flavorful. Plus a little something to keep you tastebuds entertained. That’s what you get when you toss a few simple ingredients into a skillet and create this Spanish Chicken and Rice dish. Plus, cooking it all in one skillet means less cleanup. So whoever is in charge of dishes at your house will love this recipe even more. The combination of lime, cilantro and salsa balances out the chicken, rice, beans and corn. Lively color and flavor at its finest!

5-Star Ratings from our Readers

“The easiest meal to make for a busy night! The whole family devoured it!”

“This makes the perfect weeknight family meal!”

“I made it tonight & it was so easy & so yummy.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cook rice in the same pan after chicken?

Yes it is safe to cooke them in the same pan. I’m always really careful when working with raw meat in my kitchen. Because everything gets heated to 165 degrees or higher, it is totally safe to cook everything in the same pan.

What goes with Spanish chicken and rice?

I serve this dish on its own out of convenience, but a side salad or roasted vegetables are great options.

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.

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South of the Border Sensations

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How to Make One-Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice

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Spanish Chicken and Rice Skillet

5 from 7 votes
With just a few ingredients, you can make this Spanish Chicken and Rice Skillet. It is a delicious and quick meal to feed your whole family!  
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 6 servings


  • Skillet



  • Season chicken with salt, pepper, and taco seasoning to taste.  
  • Heat oil in a large skillet and add chicken.
  • When chicken is white on all sides, drain off excess oil.  Add salsa, corn, and black beans to skillet.
  • Stir and cook about 2-3 minutes, then sprinkle the Spanish rice over the chicken and add water. 
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Stir in cheese. 
  • Squeeze juice of ½ lime over the dish. Use remaining lime to garnish the dish. Sprinkle cilantro on top before serving.


  • Make your own taco seasoning with our recipe.
  • Use chicken broth instead of water for a more flavorful dish.
  • Optional add-ins: sour cream, diced tomatoes, olives, bell peppers

Nutrition Information

Calories: 605kcalCarbohydrates: 88gProtein: 37gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 895mgPotassium: 964mgFiber: 12gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 985IUVitamin C: 10.7mgCalcium: 146mgIron: 5.1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. I love the Taco Seasoning. Some Chefs/Cooks use it at home as they have admitted. It’s a lot cheaper and space saver to get the mix.

    My first slow cooker black bean recipe, I didn’t have all the spices needed. I used a Fajita mix. OMG! They were the best batch ever.

  2. I am always looking for new meals to cook especially on busy weeknights when we are running around to extra curricular activities! This looks so good!

    1. This is delicious! My husband and my son both love it! It will definitely be a recipe that I make often.

  3. 5 stars
    As soon as I saw Taco seasoning in the recipe I was ready to make this, I love those flavors and so does my family I will be putting this to the top of my list of must trys!