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Thursday, February 29, 2024
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One Pot Mexican Rooster and Rice

This Mexican Rooster and Rice brings collectively your favorite Mexican Crimson Rice with candy pops of corn and black beans with a fajita seasoned hen. Huge Mexican flavours. One pot. Sheer perfection!

Freshly made One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

One Pot Mexican Rooster and Rice

This can be a actually helpful recipe in case you’ve obtained a household of huge eaters and are quick on time as a result of it makes a considerable quantity of meals, it’s an entire meal (no have to make starch and veg sides in addition to a separate protein!) and it’s all executed in a single pot.

Readers additionally inform me they love that it’s completed within the oven. No want to fret about scorching the bottom of the pot. No stirring or watching to make sure it doesn’t bubble over. It’s completely arms off.

Plus, it’s Mexican flavoured. “All people” loves Mexican meals, proper!??

And look – proof of juicy hen and fluffy rice. No mushy rice in my world!

Marinating chicken for One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice
Marinating the hen within the Fajita spice combine.

What you want

Right here’s what you want to make this One Pot Mexican Rooster and rice:

Ingredients in One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice
  • Rooster thighs (bone-in, pores and skin on) – For the very best, juiciest outcomes and golden, flavour infused pores and skin. This reduce of hen cooks in the identical time it takes for the rice to prepare dinner within the oven which makes it the right alternative. Plus, as a result of it’s the juiciest hen reduce, you get a stack of free flavour added into your rice because the hen bakes. Win, win!

    Favor boneless thighs or breast? As a result of these prepare dinner quicker, they are going to should be added partway via the oven prepare dinner time. I’ve included instructions within the recipe notes!

  • Mexican spice mix for hen – see under.

  • Rice sort to make use of – Lengthy grain rice is greatest right here, for the fluffiest outcomes. Basmati will yield an analogous texture ultimately consequence however you’ll have a delicate fragrance of basmati rice flavour within the dish. Not essentially a nasty factor, simply not Mexican! 😂 Medium grain rice will yield a consequence albeit barely stickier (as a result of that’s the character of the rice) as will quick grain / sushi rice which is stickier nonetheless.

    Rice to keep away from – Risotto rice (arborio), jasmine, brown rice and pretend rice (quinoa, cauliflower rice and many others).

  • Tomato passata (puree) – Pureed, strained pure tomatoes, typically labelled “tomato puree” within the US (right here’s a photograph of Mutti tomato passata offered at Walmart). It’s available in Australian supermarkets these days, alongside pasta sauces. Extra on tomato passata right here.

    Substitute with canned crushed tomato although simply keep in mind that your rice is not going to be fairly as purple.

  • Garlic and onion – Important flavour base.

  • Capsicum / bell peppers – On theme for the fajita flavours happening right here on this dish. You’ll be able to actually use any color you want, or change it out with different greens like zucchini, carrot and many others.

  • Frozen corn – Provides beautiful pops of sweetness and color into the rice! I take advantage of frozen for comfort, as a result of I at all times have it. Canned (drained) may also be used or, as with capsicum, substitute with one other diced vegetable.

  • Black beans – On theme for this Mexican rice, plus it provides flavour and protein, and fills out the rice. I simply use a can (drained). Black beans are on theme for Mexican meals however could be substituted with some other beans akin to purple kidney beans.

  • Rooster inventory/broth – The liquid through which the rice is cooked. Substitute with vegetable inventory, or water plus inventory powder. Please don’t use water, the dish will lack flavour!

  • Lime – For a ending spritz of freshness on the finish.

Mexican spice combine

Right here’s all you want for a fantastic Mexican spice combine – garlic powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne (for a contact of warmth – skip or cut back if desired), salt and pepper. All pantry staple spices!

For this recipe, most of it’s used on the hen however we reserve a bit to season the rice. Love one spice combine that serves duel functions!

Ingredients in One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

Learn how to make One Pot Mexican Rooster and Rice

It’s as straightforward as 1-2-3:

  1. Marinate hen in Mexican spice combine, if time permits.

  2. Sear hen, then sauté veg (onion, garlic, capsicum/bell peppers).

  3. Add rice and the whole lot else, pop it within the oven.

Dinner. Accomplished!

1. Marinate hen (in case you can)

The hen is tastier when you’ve got the time to marinate for 1 hour (or in a single day) as a result of the flavour infuses into the flesh. However even in case you don’t, the hen remains to be tremendous tasty due to the seasoning and in addition it absorbs flavour because it cooks with the rice.

How to make One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice
  1. Combine Mexican Spices with olive oil and lime juice in a big bowl to type a paste.

  2. Marinate hen 1 hour – Add the hen and toss to coat. Go away to marinate for 1 hour within the fridge, and even in a single day if you would like. However as famous above, don’t fret in case you don’t have time. This dish is totally value making even with out marinating – and I do know this for a reality as a result of I attempted it with and with out marinating! See? 🙂

Testing to test whether or not it’s value marinating, and the way a lot spice combine to make use of on the hen. Reply: 1 1/2 tablespoons of spice combine + 1 hour marinating time is the very best!

Cooking vessel

I take advantage of my 30cm / 12″ shallow casserole dutch oven (2.5 lt / 2/5 qts) which is the best form for dishes like this, and goes from range to the oven. I’ve this Chasseur one (pictured in submit and video) and this Le Creuset one. I didn’t pay full value for both – store round! They’re an funding however ought to final a lifetime in case you take care of them. 🙂

Nonetheless, you may make this in any massive ovenproof dutch oven or deep skillet. When you don’t have an identical lid, simply cowl with foil for the baking half. When you don’t have an oven-proof skillet, simply do the range steps utilizing any frying pan then switch the whole lot right into a baking dish. I’ve popped instructions within the recipe notes for a way to do that.

2. Searing and sautéing

This recipe begins off on the range to sear the hen (flavour!) and sauté the greens. Then you definately add the rice and liquids, pop the hen again on prime and put it within the oven. Arms off cooking is the very best!

How to make One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice
  1. Sear the marinated hen to brown the pores and skin. The within will / ought to nonetheless be uncooked. We simply wish to get some beautiful color on the hen pores and skin which we wouldn’t obtain within the bake time.

  2. Take away hen onto a plate and put aside.

  3. Sauté aromatics – In the identical pot / pan, sauté the onion, garlic and capsicum. Utilizing the identical pot to prepare dinner the rice is a path to specific flavour as a result of all of the tasty flavours left within the pan from sautéing the hen will get soaked up by the rice.

    Then add the rice, stir to coat it in all of the tasty flavours (bit like making risotto!).

  4. Flavoured rice liquid and add-ins – Add the liquids (inventory/broth, tomato passata), reserved Mexican Spice Combine, corn and beans. Then stir to mix.

3. Baking

How to make One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice
  1. High with hen – Place the hen on prime. It is going to be partially submerged underneath the liquid and that’s superb. Actually, that’s precisely what we would like as a result of the flesh underneath the liquid will soak up flavour from the seasoned rice inventory. And the pores and skin uncovered above the liquid will brown!

  2. Bake 25 minutes coated – Cowl with a lid and bake for 25 minutes.

  3. Bake uncovered quarter-hour – Take away the lid and bake for an additional quarter-hour or till the liquid has been nearly utterly absorbed by the rice. Some puddles remaining on the floor is ok as they are going to soak up whereas the rice rests.

    Be aware: When you style the rice at this stage and it’s nonetheless a contact firmer than you need, that’s superb. It should end cooking because it rests within the subsequent step, simply as atypical white rice does throughout the resting stage.

  4. Relaxation 10 minutes – Take away from the oven then relaxation, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

    Take away or push the hen to the aspect, then fluff the rice with a rubber spatula or fork. Squeeze over lime juice, sprinkle with coriander/cilantro and jalapeño if you wish to garnish it. Then serve!

Overhead photo of freshly made One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice
Serving One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

With the proper cooking vessel, it may be positioned on the desk as a sharing dish, for everyone to assist themselves. By “proper cooking vessel”, I’m primarily referring to form. I’d put a shallow pot / casserole pan, like pictured on this submit and within the recipe video, within the centre of a desk. However I had been utilizing a deep pot, I’d in all probability plate it up individually. Primarily for sensible causes (reaching right into a deep scorching pot isn’t very best).

Full meal in a single!

With the tomato and greens on this dish, I take into account it an entire meal. However in case you’d like so as to add some extra greens on the aspect, have a browse of my aspect salads and greens sides recipe assortment right here. It’s organised by main vegetable so you could find one thing to make utilizing what you’ve obtained. It’s work in progress – I’m persevering with to construct up the gathering.

Like to know what you suppose in case you do this Mexican hen and rice!

– Nagi x

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Overhead photo of freshly made One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

One Pot Mexican Rooster and Rice


Faucet or hover to scale

Recipe video above. Rooster seared with Fajita flavours then baked with seasoned Mexican purple rice. This can be a flavour explosion in a single pot! Folks love that it is completed within the oven. No want to fret a couple of scorched base!Makes extra rice than you will want as a result of it’s troublesome to make much less utilizing this technique of cooking. No one complains, trigger it is so good!


  • Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F (160° fan).

  • Mexican spice combine – Combine the components in a small bowl.

  • Rub Rooster – Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of the Mexican Spice Combine in a big bowl (reserve relaxation for rice) with 1 tablespoon olive oil and lime juice. Combine to type a paste then add the hen and toss to coat the hen.

  • Marinate (non-compulsory) – Go away the hen to marinate for 1 hour, and even in a single day. But when you do not have time, that is okay, simply proceed with recipe.

  • Sear hen – Utilizing a big deep skillet ideally with a lid (Be aware 6), warmth the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil over medium excessive warmth. Sear the pores and skin aspect of the hen for 4 minutes till gentle golden, then sear the flesh aspect for 1 1/2 minutes (will nonetheless be uncooked inside). Take away onto a plate.

  • Sauté aromatics – When you’ve obtained plenty of burnt spices on the bottom, scrape off and discard a few of it. Then in the identical skillet, nonetheless over medium excessive warmth, add the onion, garlic and capsicum (bell peppers). Sauté for 3 minutes till the onion softens.

  • Stir in rice – Add the rice and stir to coat within the flavour.

  • Add rice liquid and add-ins – Add the hen inventory, tomato passata, corn, beans and remaining Mexican Spice Combine. Stir to mix.

  • High with hen Place hen again within the skillet on prime of the rice, pores and skin aspect up. It needs to be partially submerged within the liquid however a lot of the pores and skin needs to be above the liquid.

  • Bake coated 25 minutes – Carry to simmer, then cowl skillet with a lid or foil and place within the oven for 25 minutes.

  • Bake uncovered quarter-hour – Take away the lid/foil and bake for an additional quarter-hour till solely small puddles of liquid stay on the floor of the rice.

  • Relaxation 10 minutes – Take away from the oven and permit to relaxation for 10 minutes (uncovered). Any remaining liquid will evaporate on this step.

  • Serve – Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the hen and rice. Take away hen or push to the aspect then fluff the rice. Serve, garnished with coriander/cilantro leaves, further lime wedges and sliced jalapeños, if desired. Bitter cream additionally goes effectively with this, or a dollop of guacamole or avocado sauce!

Recipe Notes:

1. Spiciness – This recipe isn’t very spicy, however be happy to scale back or omit the cayenne pepper as desired.
2. Bone-in skin-on hen works greatest as a result of the meat is juicier and I really like the crispy pores and skin. This additionally works very well with drumsticks.
Works fairly effectively with boneless hen thighs (see under for instructions). Breast may also work utilizing the identical instructions as for boneless thighs, however the flesh just isn’t fairly as juicy. 
3. Boneless, skinless hen thighs – Sear hen per recipe so it’s largely cooked via,. Then simply put it on prime of the rice on the level you take away the lid. The final quarter-hour within the oven is all that’s wanted to complete cooking it via. 
4. Rice – You’ll be able to substitute the lengthy grain rice with basmati or medium grain rice. Brief grain rice, risotto rice and paella rice aren’t suited to this recipe (the rice will find yourself mushy).
5. Tomato passata – Pureed, strained pure tomatoes, typically labelled “tomato puree” within the US (right here’s a photograph of Mutti tomato passata offered at Walmart). Available in Australian supermarkets these days, alongside pasta sauces. Extra on tomato passata right hereSubstitute with canned crushed tomato (however rice color is not going to be as purple).
6. Cooking vessel – I take advantage of my 30cm/12″ shallow casserole pan (2.5 L / 2.5 qts) which has a lid and is the best form for stove-to-oven recipes like this. An ovenproof skillet / fry pan may also work, or a big oven-proof pot. No lid? Simply use foil!
Baking dish (ceramic, glass, metallic) – Begin it in a skillet then switch it to a baking dish. To do that, after you add the inventory and tomato passata, convey it to a simmer and scrape the bottom clear so any brown bits will get combined into the inventory. Then pour all of the liquid right into a baking pan, add corn and black beans. High with hen, cowl with foil then proceed with recipe.
Leftover rice will preserve for two days, and cooked hen will preserve for 3 – 4 days.
Diet per serving.

Diet Info:

Serving: 442gEnergy: 713cal (36%)Carbohydrates: 61.2g (20%)Protein: 40.8g (82%)Fats: 33.9g (52%)Saturated Fats: 1.1g (7%)Ldl cholesterol: 144mg (48%)Sodium: 1612mg (70%)Potassium: 793mg (23%)Fiber: 7.4g (31%)Sugar: 6.1g (7%)Vitamin A: 1200IU (24%)Vitamin C: 48.7mg (59%)Calcium: 70mg (7%)Iron: 5mg (28%)

Recipe initially revealed in 2016. Up to date with a lot wanted recipe video and extra importantly, Lifetime of Dozer added!

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Lifetime of Dozer

Took Dozer as much as the Hunter Valley* final weekend. Stayed at beautiful canine pleasant cabins known as Tonic. Plans to sleep in didn’t fairly occur resulting from his “enthusiastic” barking on the sight of early morning kangaroo guests (under). Visions of him prancing round vineyards additionally didn’t eventuate after being warned of kangaroos beating up canine (critically) and seeing this video on YouTube. Dozer would stand no probability towards a roo. We each comprehend it!

* Wine area, 2 hours drive from Sydney


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