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

4 freestyle (Blue & purple) SP, 5SP (Green) /6PP
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main meals
Servings 6


  • 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
  • 1/2 cup diced onion *I used red
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheese I used a 3 blend


  • In a large pot on the stove cook the ground chicken
  • Add in the rotel chopped tomatoes, peppers, onion and taco seasoing and mix well.
  • Cook the uncle ben's rice in the microwave as directed on package and add to mixture.
  • Let cook for 15 minutes over medium heat.
  • Top with shredded cheese and leave on the heat until the cheese melts
  • Serve immediantly.. makes 6- 1 cup servings, store in the fridge, leftovers will freeze well.
  • *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




  1. Do you know how many points this would be without the cheese? Following green plan 💚

    • Drizzle Reply

      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

  2. 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

      Hi Kathleen, the Spanish style will work perfectly 🙂 I hope you love it

      • 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.

        • Drizzle Reply

          So glad you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing 🙂

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

          • Drizzle

            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 🙂

  3. 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

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

    • Drizzle Reply

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

  4. Debra Schaffer Reply

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

    • Drizzle Reply

      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

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

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Valerie, yes this dish will freeze well, so glad you enjoy it 🙂

  6. I’ve made this a couple of times. So delicious! Now that I’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?

  7. Jenese Vollman Reply

    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

      Hi, no each can was 284ml, so 568 in total 🙂

  8. 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

      You are very welcome, sounds delicious, thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. Jessica Bolling Reply

    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

      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

  11. Shelley Lynn Barichello Reply

    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

      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 🙂

  12. 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!

  13. Made this recipe this evening. So delicious!! Came to 5 points for me coz I couldn’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. 😋

    • Drizzle Reply

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

  14. Cheri L Moeder Reply

    Hi, Kate! I’d like to add some beans to the recipe, either black or chili, drained and rinsed. Do you think I’d need another can of Rotel so the recipe isn’t to dry?

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Cheri, sorry for the late reply, you might want to although I’d see how it is first after adding the beans, it may not too dry

  15. Kathleenmargaret1 Reply

    I’m thinking about trying with either shredded chicken breasts, or 96% ground beef.

    • Drizzle Reply

      I think either will work out well, hope you enjoy it 🙂

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