Santa Fe Chicken and Rice

Enjoy classic Southwest flavors straight from your kitchen with this quick and easy Sante Fe Chicken and Rice recipe made with Minute® Instant White Rice

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Santa Fe Chicken and Rice

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 5 mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 5 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 10 mins


  • 2 cups Minute® Instant White Rice
  • 1 pkg (9 oz) Southwestern seasoned chicken breast strips
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 cup thick and chunky style salsa
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced (optional)


  • Bring some bold Tex-Mex flavors to the table for your next meal with this Sante Fe Chicken and Rice dish featuring black beans, whole kernel corn, Cheddar cheese and thick and chunky salsa!

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, combine chicken, beans, corn and salsa in a medium saucepan. Cook on medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.

    Step 3

  • Spoon chicken mixture over rice. Top with cheese and green onion, if using.

    Recipe Tips

    To speed up cooking time even more, use 2 cups of leftover rice to make this dish. Simply reheat in the microwave, and serve.

    If you have leftovers from this dish, reinvent them as stuffed peppers or tomatoes on another night of the week. Simply hollow out bell peppers or large tomatoes and stuff with the leftovers. Place in a baking dish and bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes, until the peppers or tomatoes are tender.

    To make Santa Fe-style tacos, reheat leftovers and wrap in warm tortillas. Serve with chopped cilantro, sour cream, extra cheese and sliced avocado.

Southwest Flavors

Meals are a great way to take quick “mini-vacations” from our hectic lives. That’s why we love to feature inspiration and ingredients from many different regions in our recipes. Next time you need a quick and easy lunch or dinner idea, and are in the mood for bold flavors, try our Sante Fe Chicken and Rice, made with Minute® Instant White Rice. For another Southern-inspired dish, try this Red Beans and Rice recipe.

With this recipe, you’re just 10 minutes and a few simple steps away from enjoying a hearty and satisfying meal featuring Tex-Mex favorites, such as seasoned chicken, whole kernel corn, black beans, Cheddar cheese and thick, chunky salsa. This tasty, one-dish meal is perfect as a family meal, or as a dish for sharing at your next social gathering!

Customize It

While this dish is delicious as is, it is also incredibly easy to tailor to fit different palates! For a bit of heat, use salsa with your favorite level of spice, or add some sliced jalapeños. Think this dish could use more veggies? Try it with sliced avocado, cooked tomatoes, sliced red bell peppers, and/or roasted hatch chiles. If black beans aren’t your favorite, this dish is equally delicious with pinto beans. If you’re looking for a whole grain option, you can even try this dish with Minute® Instant Brown Rice.

Need a new dinner idea? Try our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan or this Mexican Rice Recipe.

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