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If you're looking for a quick and easy dinner, this Southwest Chicken Skillet is it! Precooked chicken makes this dinner possible in about 30 minutes. BudgetBytes.com
Southwest Chicken Skillet
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

If you're looking for a quick and easy dinner, this Southwest Chicken Skillet is it! Precooked chicken makes this dinner possible in about 30 minutes.

Total Cost: $6.76 recipe / $1.69 serving
Servings: 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice* $0.33
  • 1 cup salsa $0.65
  • 1.5-2 cups precooked shredded chicken** $3.50
  • 15 oz. can black beans $0.49
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder*** $0.30
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth**** $0.23
  • 1 cup shredded cheese $1.00
  • 2-3 green onions, sliced $0.26
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, combine the rice, salsa, chicken, black beans (drained), chili powder, and chicken broth. Stir until everything is evenly combined.
  2. Place a tight fitting lid on the skillet, turn the heat on to high, and let the skillet come to a full boil. As soon as the skillet comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Make sure it is simmering the entire time, turning the heat up slightly if needed (you should be able to hear it simmer quietly).

  3. After 15 minutes, turn off the heat, and let it rest with the lid in place for 5 more minutes. Finally, remove the lid, and fluff the mixture with a fork. All of the liquid should be absorbed and the rice should be tender. Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheese over top, replace the lid, and let it sit for a few minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Meanwhile, slice the green onions. Sprinkle the green onions over the melted cheese and serve hot.

Recipe Notes

*Brown rice can not be directly substituted for white rice in this recipe. Brown rice requires more liquid and a longer cooking time than white rice.

**I used 1/2 of a store bought rotisserie chicken.

***Chili powder is not red chile powder. Chili powder is a mild blend of spices used to season chili. While some brands are a tad spicy, I use McCormick, which is mild.

****I used Better Than Bouillon Brand soup base to make my broth