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Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls

If you’re looking for a simple dinner that’s full of flavor then look no further. My Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls are made with jasmine rice, seasoned with turmeric and chicken broth. The chicken breast is seasoned with taco seasoning and topped with a simple to make salsa that’s full of flavor and garnished with a dollop of sour cream that has a hint of lime flavor.

Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls

Why Rinse Your Rice?

Rinsing white rice washes away the starches on the surface which helps them cook up lighter and more fluffy. But this is not the case with brown rice. Brown rice still has the bran intact so rinsing is not needed.

Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls

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  • rinse the rice
  • chop the peppers
  • pat dry the chicken with paper towels, cut into strips and season with salt and pepper
  • chop the tomatoes
  • slice the scallionsMexican Chicken and Rice Bowls

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Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls

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Adapted from Hello Fresh


Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls

Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Taco seasoned chicken breast strips on top of jasmine rice flavored with turmeric and topped with fresh salsa and sour cream with a hint of lime.



  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cups jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 poblano peppers, halved, cored and thinly sliced
  • 24 ounces organic chicken breast, cut into 2-3-inch strips
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pack (1.1 ounces) taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 limes, (plus more for serving) zested and juiced
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. In a medium sized saucepan, combined chicken stock and turmeric. Bring to a boil. Stir in the rice and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and reduce the heat to a low and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons unsalted butter. Cover to keep warm until serving.


  1. Coat a stainless steel pan with olive oil. Heat on medium-high and add poblano peppers. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Coat chicken with taco seasoning. Add chicken to the pan and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and remove from the heat.


  1. While the chicken cooks, make the salsa. In a bowl, combined the tomatoes, scallions and lime juice, more or less to suite your taste. In a small bowl combine the sour cream, lime zest and salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Divide rice among 4 bowls, top with chicken and peppers and garnish with salsa and cream. Enjoy.


This makes 4 large servings or 6 sensible servings.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 691Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 197mgSodium: 898mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 61g

*Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary.*

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