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Santa Fe Chicken Recipe

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Santa Fe Chicken

Santa Fe chicken is an easy meal that the whole family will love.

Santa Fe chicken is an easy meal that the whole family will love.

Ladies and gentlemen take out your skillet and get ready to make this easy and delicious Santa Fe chicken recipe. This all-in-one chicken and rice dish takes only 45 minutes to prepare which comes in handy for those days when life becomes a little hectic and you need a quick and tasty dinner for the family.

Served with a delicious pot of black beans, this easy family meal is sure to be a winner with the whole family. Below you will find a list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions with pictures for creating this easy chicken recipe. You will also find a quick black bean side dish recipe and directions for creating yummy Santa Fe chicken wraps with these tasty leftovers.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

35 min

45 min

Serves 4 people

The ingredients for Santa Fe chicken.

The ingredients for Santa Fe chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 1 cup long grain rice, uncooked
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless
  • 1 cup Mexican style shredded cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley

Instructions

  1. To prep for this dish, wash and remove the fat from 4 boneless chicken breasts. Chop enough onions to fill a 1/2 cup.
  2. In a large skillet, add onions and 1 tablespoon of butter. Saute the onions over medium heat for 3–5 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add 1 can of chicken broth and 2/3 cup of salsa to the sauteed onions. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Add 1 cup of long grain rice and 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder. Stir well.
  5. Add 4 boneless chicken breasts to the top of the mixture. Cover with a lid and reduce the heat to simmer. After 10 minutes, turn the chicken over and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the skillet from the heat. Sprinkle with 1 cup of Mexican-style shredded cheese. Cover with lid and allow the cheese to melt for 5 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle one tablespoon of parsley over the finished dish and enjoy!

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Black Bean Side Dish Recipe

The perfect side dish to accompany this delicious Santa Fe chicken recipe is a simple pot of black beans enhanced with 5 savory spices. After you turn the chicken to cook for the additional 15 minutes, gather up the below ingredients, and follow the instructions to make a quick and delicious pot of black beans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) of black beans
  • 1/8 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt (or more if desired)

Instructions:

  1. Combine beans, onion powder, and garlic powder in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and add parsley, red pepper, and salt. Stir well.
  3. Simmer for 5–10 minutes stirring occasionally to prevent beans from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. Serve and enjoy!

Santa Fe Chicken Poll

Leftover Idea: Santa Fe Chicken Wrap

When I prepare this easy meal for my family of four, I usually have enough leftovers to make a couple of delicious Santa Fe chicken wraps. To make these wraps, shred any remaining chicken left in the rice mixture and warm up these leftovers along with the black beans in the microwave. Spoon these ingredients into a warm 6 or 8-inch flour tortilla and add any additional toppings you desire such as sour cream, salsa, or guacamole. These tasty wraps come in handy the next day for a quick and filling lunch.

I hope this Santa Fe chicken recipe along with the black bean side dish and leftover wrap idea has come in handy to help prepare an easy meal for your family. If you have any questions or comments about any of the above recipes, feel free to leave these in the comment section below.

© 2012 Alissa Roberts

Comments

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 23, 2013:

Hope you enjoyed this recipe titi6601! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

titi6601 on March 16, 2013:

Good recipe. I will cook this today.

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on October 12, 2012:

Hi Tina! It's just your personal preference of the salsa and chicken broth. I use a mild and thick style salsa in this recipe but you could use a hotter version if you want a little more kick to your chicken and rice. For the broth, you really can't go wrong so whatever brand or type you pick up is fine. The answer to your last question is add the chicken while the rice is still cooking. Hope you enjoy the dish - thanks so much for stopping by!

Tina on October 11, 2012:

Also do I put the chicken while the rice is still cooking or when its tender? Sorry I'm new at cooking

Tina on October 11, 2012:

You should put the kind of sauce or chicken broth you use. It looks delicious but I don't want to use the wrong sauce and come out tasting weird.

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on August 31, 2012:

Thanks so much ishwaryaa22 for all your kind words! I do hope you enjoy this recipe when you give it a try. All the votes, share, and pin are very much appreciated!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on August 31, 2012:

An easy & tasty recipe! Your instructions are clear and so are step-by-step photos! I am a big fan of chicken-rice dishes. I would like to give this yummy recipe a try as well as the black bean side-dish & leftover wrap. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, socially shared & pinned

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 04, 2012:

Thanks so much teaches! I absolutely love easy recipes that you can quickly make up for the family especially when busy schedules tend to get in the way. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

Dianna Mendez on June 30, 2012:

My vote is for the Santa Fe Chicken. Love the simple ingredients to go into this great recipe idea.

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 29, 2012:

Awesome emilybee! I will have to try that sometime. Sounds delish with the broccoli soup and extra broccoli! Thanks so much for sharing your variation!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 29, 2012:

Thanks randomcreative! I am all about some simple ingredients and easy to make recipes. Got to keep one eye on those boys running around while cooking :) Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 29, 2012:

Hi BIZBSACRAMENTO! This one is super easy to make. Hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. Thanks so much for the votes, share, and all of your sweet comments!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 29, 2012:

Thanks emilybee! It's so easy to make. I try to keep my recipes as simple as possible since I got 2 little ones running around. Hope you enjoy it! Appreciate your visit!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 29, 2012:

Thanks so much vespawoolf! Hope your husband enjoys the chicken! Appreciate the vote up and for the share!

emilybee on June 28, 2012:

I actually made this tonight for dinner but a little variation of it since I didn't have chicken broth on hand, I used some cream of broccoli soup :-) And added cut up broccoli. It was SO GOOD! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 28, 2012:

This looks delicious and so easy! I love recipes with simple ingredient lists. Thanks for sharing!

BIZBSACRAMENTO from Sacramento on June 28, 2012:

Adding this one to my list of easy recipes. You have made it more easy for me to follow withis well organized hub. Voting all the way up, cooking and sharing fast!!!Thank you very much and I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

emilybee on June 28, 2012:

This looks great and not too difficult to make :) I'll surely try this one this week sometime! Great photos!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 28, 2012:

Wow, this sounds so delicious. I love black beans but always serve them alone. My husband will thank you after I serve him the Santa Fe chicken! I also like the idea of wraps the next day. Thank you! Voted up and shared.

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 28, 2012:

Thanks so much DDE! Hope you will give this one a try. It is super easy to make and quite delicious!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 28, 2012:

Thanks so much Victoria! Hope you enjoy the recipe! Appreciate your visit and for adding your sweet comments!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 28, 2012:

Thanks Rebecca! I love this dish because it has the rice already cooked in it. Just add one more side like the beans and voila you got a whole meal :) Hope you get the chance to try it out. Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 28, 2012:

Thanks so much katedonavon! Hope you enjoy it as much as our family does. Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 28, 2012:

Awesome treat!!! You have written a brilliant recipe so love it!!!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 28, 2012:

This looks tasty and easy. The wraps sound great for leftovers, too. Bookmarking this one. Great job. Nice layout on this hub!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 28, 2012:

I like baking chicken breasts with just salsa on them. This takes that to another level. The black bean side dish sounds good do. Great idea for the left over wrap!

katedonavon on June 28, 2012:

Wow this looks delicious! I am definitely making this one! Thanks for sharing this cardelean. Voted up, etc.