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One Pot Mexican chicken & rice

November 10, 2019

I love one pot meals, they make everything so simple and that’s what we need because let’s face it life is busy! This one pot Mexican chicken & rice was amazing, so much flavor and a nice hearty meal… no joke I ate it 3 days straight! This dish only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and it’s a meal the whole family can enjoy. Makes 6- 1 cup servings at 4 smart points on WW freestyle.

One Pot Mexican chicken & rice
Recipe type: Main meals
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Serves: 6
4 freestyle (Blue & purple) SP, 5SP (Green) /6PP
  • 1 lb ground chicken *weighed raw
  • 1 package Uncle Ben's bistro express mexican style rice
  • 1 package taco seasoning - 35g
  • 2 cans (284ml) rotel chopped tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 cup diced peppers
  • ½ cup diced onion *I used red
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheese, I used a 3 blend
  1. In a large pot on the stove cook the ground chicken
  2. Add in the rotel chopped tomatoes, peppers, onion and taco seasoing and mix well.
  3. Cook the uncle ben's rice in the microwave as directed on package and add to mixture.
  4. Let cook for 15 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Top with shredded cheese and leave on the heat until the cheese melts
  6. Serve immediantly.. makes 6- 1 cup servings, store in the fridge, leftovers will freeze well.
  7. *Note- feel free to add in extra veggies or beans to bulk it up, if it seems to thick by adding extra ingredients you may want to add a little water.
Freestyle SP (Blue & purple)- 4 using WW recipe builder
Smart Points (Green)- 5 using SP calculator
Points Plus- 6 using PP calculator
Nutritional info per 1 cup serving- Calories.. 248..Fat 6.8g..Sat fat 2.3g...Carbs 21.5g..Fiber 1.6g...Sugar 4.7g...Protein 25.2g using My Fitness Pal *Note this includes all ingredients, if entering these numbers into a WW calculator you may get a higher point value due to the zero point foods


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    Reply Mal November 17, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Do you know how many points this would be without the cheese? Following green plan ๐Ÿ’š

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle November 21, 2019 at 10:43 am

      My cheese was 11SP total so it might drop down by 2 points but best to build it in the recipe builder to be sure

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    Reply Kathleen November 19, 2019 at 7:36 am

    This recipe is on my menu for the week. I’ve searched high and low for the Uncle Ben’s Mexican rice and can only find the Spanish style rice. I’m wondering if the Mexican style is sold in exclusively in Canada. I found the Mexican style on Amazon but it’s a bit pricey. I hope the Spanish style works. Looking forward to trying this.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle November 21, 2019 at 10:46 am

      Hi Kathleen, the Spanish style will work perfectly ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you love it

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        Reply Kathleen November 21, 2019 at 6:33 pm

        I did make this for dinner tonight and it was delish. The Spanish style rice worked perfectly. I believe that plain rice or even the cilantro lime rice would work also. I did add some additional chili powder, cumin and cayenne powder, too. Great recipe.

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          Reply Drizzle November 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm

          So glad you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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          Reply Elizabeth December 16, 2019 at 12:43 pm

          Was the Spanish style rice also Uncle Ben? Can it be made stove top, I do not have a microwave.
          Thank you

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            Drizzle December 19, 2019 at 1:35 pm

            Hi, yes it was UB.. I think you could use a stovetop version and then add it in, just try to equal out the portion sizes ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reply Barbara C. Hardison November 23, 2019 at 10:12 am

    what size (ounces, cups etc.) is the Uncle Ben’s bistro express mexican style rice? My grocery (kroger) does not have it and cannot find it on Amazon. Need to know how much of regular rice I need to use to replace the uncle bens.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle November 23, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      I think they are 240g packages , I have seen many people say they grabbed the spanish style and it worked just as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reply Kathleen Alexander January 1, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    I love your recipes, but my husband has to be on a low sodium diet. Do you know the sodium level for this recipe? Thank you!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 2, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Kathleen, based on MY FItness Pal the sodium per serving is 868.7mg

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    Reply Yvette February 8, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    absolutely delicious!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 12, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Awesome, glad you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reply Debra Schaffer February 15, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    could you possibly make this with cauliflower rice instead of rice as rice makes my husbands blood sugar really spike

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 15, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      You could try, I think it will work out it will just be different textured, maybe more of a “mushy” to it than normal if that makes sense

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    Reply Cathy February 22, 2020 at 7:02 am

    I cannot eat the Rotel…. what would you suggest in its place? Salsa?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 25, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      you could try salsa sure

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    Reply Valerie March 9, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    I LOVE this recipe, does it freeze well?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle March 11, 2020 at 11:17 am

      Hi Valerie, yes this dish will freeze well, so glad you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reply Mary Ann March 22, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Iโ€™ve made this a couple of times. So delicious! Now that Iโ€™m practicing social isolation and staying out of the stores, I need a substitute for the Rotel. I have regular canned tomatoes. Could I use those?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle March 28, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Sure, they will work just as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reply Jenese Vollman March 24, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    In regards to the cans of tomatoes your ingredient lair says 2 cans (284ml) rotel chopped tomatoes with green chilies. Is that 2 cans and each are 284ml for a total of 568ml of tomatoes or 2 cans totalling 284ml so 142ml each?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle March 28, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Hi, no each can was 284ml, so 568 in total ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reply Laura April 24, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    I made this tonight-it was easy and absolutely delicious! I served it with some FF refried beans which I topped with 1 TBSP of Herdez Mild Guacamole salsa. I also topped everything with a pouch of WW sea salt tortilla chips. Thank you for this!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle April 27, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      You are very welcome, sounds delicious, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reply Laura Matty April 24, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I made this tonight-it was easy and absolutely delicious. I served it with FF refried beans which I topped with 1 TBSP of Herdez Mild Guacamole salsa. I also took a bag of WW sea salt tortilla chips and topped it over everything. Thank you for a great dinner!

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    Reply Patty May 12, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Do you drain the tomatoes?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle May 12, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      No, you do not drain the tomatoes ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reply Jessica Bolling May 29, 2020 at 5:58 am

    Hi, my chicken for 1 lb came up in my ww app as 16 points is that normal? Is there a certain brand of ground chicken I should be using?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle May 29, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Jessica, it is only the fat free ground chicken that will be considered 0SP on both blue & purple programs, however that said I buy what I can find and just go with it, my saying is always 95% ground chicken vs 99% ground chicken is not why I am on WW haha .. but do what works best for you . if you can find 99% FF then that is 0SP on blue & purple

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    Reply Shelley Lynn Barichello June 3, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    I made this dish for dinner and it is fabulous! My husband who is very picky loved it. I will definately make this again. Thanks

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle June 3, 2020 at 11:53 pm

      Hi Shelley, yay.. I always love hearing that a picky eater enjoyed the dish because I am as picky as they come haha, so glad you both enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reply Bri July 6, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    This was so good! I didn’t have the cans of rotel so I used a big can of diced tomatoes and a small can of old el paso diced green chiles and it was great!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle July 6, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      Awesome, so glad you enjoyed it Bri ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reply Summer A July 29, 2020 at 12:45 am

    Made this recipe this evening. So delicious!! Came to 5 points for me coz I couldnโ€™t find almost fat free ground chicken. Well worth it. All the cheese was over the top yummy. Thank you for this delicious recipe. You make my ww journey a lot easier when I can eat. ๐Ÿ˜‹

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle July 29, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      Hi.. yay, so glad you enjoyed it and thank you for your sweet words ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck on your continued journey!

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