One Pot Taco Chicken and Rice Recipe is an easy Mexican Dinner | @bestrecipebox


Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 742 kcal
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  • 2 pounds chicken thighs or boneless skinless chicken breast (cut to your preferred size)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon , cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion , diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced or crushed
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 14.5 ounces crushed tomatoes , undrained
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt , or to taste (less if the chicken stock is salted)
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
  • optional toppings: chopped tomato , sour cream, guacamole, sliced olives, minced cilantro, salsa, tortillas


  1. Pat dry the chicken. Cut them to your preferred size and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and then add the chicken. Brown both sides of the chicken until lightly browned. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan over medium-high heat add the bacon and cook until nearly crisped, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the onions and garlic and cook until soft and lightly browned, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the rice to the pan, stirring to coat the rice completely with bacon oil. Cook the rice until lightly browned, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the corn, crushed tomatoes , chicken stock, paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring the pan to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and then place the chicken on top of the rice. If you’re using chicken thighs, place the chicken skin-side up. Cover the pan and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the rice is tender and chicken is cooked through. Fluff the rice with a fork, taste for seasoning and add optional toppings or stuff it in tortillas for tacos or burritos.

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