One Skillet Salsa Chicken & Rice

Ever have those days where you don’t want to cook dinner? But also don’t want to spend $50.00 to eat out with the kids?

Here are 3 tips I do, that saves me in these situations.

  1. At the beginning of the week, crockpot some type of meat that your family loves. Our go-to is chicken. It’s high in protein, pretty much goes with everything, and its cheaper than most beef options.
  2. The second thing I do is have precooked rice on hand at all times. It’s easy to make rice, but sometimes even that can be a daunting task. Rice is such a easy way to add carbs, and pairs well with most dishes.
  3. Add some kind of veggie & sauce. You could do red or green peppers, chicken, rice, and some salsa for dinner in 7 minutes. Or another example is  broccoli cheddar casserole. Add the broccoli, shredded chicken, rice, a can of creamy chicken soup, and some cheddar cheese. Bake it for 10-15 minutes with minimal effort and dishes.

I made this the other day, and it seriously took 7 minutes to make. So I wanted to share the recipe with you for the next time you are in a crunch for dinner.

All you need is:

1 red pepper diced

1 jalapeno seeded and diced OR you could use 1 onion diced

2 cups of shredded chicken

2 cups (or containers) of precooked rice

3/4 cup salsa

3/4 cup chicken broth

1 tbsp taco seasoning

2 cups shredded low fat cheese

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

Optional: top with cilantro and sliced avocado


Heat a skillet to medium high heat, then spray with cooking spray. Add the peppers (and/or onion) then cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, rice, salsa, chicken broth, and taco seasoning. Stir so everything is combined, let cook for 5 minutes then top with shredded cheese.  Top with Greek yogurt, cilantro, or sliced avocado.




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