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Cheesy Chicken And Rice in a cast iron skillet with melted cheese and chopped cilantro for garnish

Cheesy Chicken And Rice

April King
Cheesy Chicken And Rice is an easy one pot meal that only takes 20 minutes from start to finish. This simple skillet has juicy chicken, the perfect amount of spices, Queso Blanco, salsa, and rice. It’s perfect for any night of the week, and your family will ask for it over and over.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 673 kcal


  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup Queso Blanco dip
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups instant rice
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • Start by adding 2 Tbsp. of Olive oil and cubed chicken to your skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper and stir to coat all the chicken pieces well. Cook until chicken is done and no longer pink. Do not over cook chicken pieces as they will become tough and dry.
  • Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  • Add chicken broth to the warm skillet and scrape the bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour in queso blanco, salsa, heavy cream, rice, and whisk ingredients together.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until all rice is fully cooked.
  • Once the rice is cooked stir in 1/4 cup of fresh chopped cilantro and cooked chicken.
  • Remove from heat and add shredded cheese to the top of the skillet, place the lid on and allow the cheese to melt for 5 minutes. Add chopped fresh cilantro for garnish and serve immediately. Enjoy!


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Calories: 673kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 60gFat: 31.5gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 417mgSodium: 543mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 6.9g
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