One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice

This One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice is an easy Mexican dinner ready in under 30 minutes. 

This One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice is an easy Mexican dinner ready in under 30 minutes.

Today’s National Guacamole Day! As if I needed a reason to celebrate.

This One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice is an easy Mexican dinner ready in under 30 minutes.


If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be guacamole and chips. In fact, I recently had a birthday and my husband knew the only thing he had to do was get me some guac and chips stat!

This One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice is an easy Mexican dinner ready in under 30 minutes.


I was inspired to make this One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice because I had some gorgeous red and green bell peppers staring me in the face and I had to use them.

Not to mention I had to put guacamole on something other than my chips for dinner although to be honest I would totally be down for that.

Start by softening up your veggies in a little butter. The key to really good rice is to toast it for a couple of minutes before adding your liquid.

Since this is a Mexican rice dish we adding some cumin and chili powder for some spice.

A unique way of cooking the rice is to add a little sour cream to the chicken broth while cooking to make it nice and creamy.

This One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice is an easy Mexican dinner ready in under 30 minutes.

I added some diced green chiles for a little kick.

This One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice is an easy Mexican dinner ready in under 30 minutes.

The result, creamy delicious Chicken Fajita Rice!

This One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice is an easy Mexican dinner ready in under 30 minutes.

Um, yes and yes! Especially since it’s a one-pan dinner!

One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 6
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 white onion, diced about 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced about 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced about 1/2 cup
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can Old El Paso diced green chiles
  • juice of one lime about 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream, guacamole, diced tomato, cilantro
  1. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the onion and bell peppers and cook for a couple of minutes or until they start to get soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minutes.

  2. Push the vegetables to one side of the pan and melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the rice to the butter and toast for 1-2 minutes. 

  3. Add the chicken broth, sour cream, chicken, diced chiles, lime juice, seasonings (salt, cumin, chili powder). Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. You can add more broth as needed if the rice is not done yet. 

  4. Sprinkle with cheese and cover with lid to melt the cheese. 

  5. Garnish with sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes, and cilantro. Serve immediately.

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One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice - an easy Mexican dinner read in under 30 minutes.

Speak Your Mind



  1. This looks amazing! What a delicious and easy weeknight meal!


  2. Looks delish! Any reason not to use fajita seasoning as the spice?

  3. Margaret Wagner says:

    What is the nutritional content and also smart Points?

  4. Shawnna Griffin says:

    hey girl- This is right up my alley! yummy!

  5. The recipe doesn’t mention the cheese. Thanks

  6. Looks delicious! I like your idea to cook the rice with sour cream. I usually cook it in chicken stock for more flavor.

  7. You didn’t add the cheese …

  8. You didn’t add the cheese …

  9. There’s nothing better than a yummy, one-pot meal. This looks delish. Thanks so much for sharing I can’t wait to try!

  10. I tried this dish. the restlt was it tasted fine. But we decided it needed much more flavor (spice). I even donbled the cumin and chili powder. If I make this again I’d put in a little more garlic and definately add more chili and cumin, maybe 2-3 teaspoons of each. I might add a jalapeno with the peppers and onions. I think the cheese would also be good too.

  11. wow! This looks really realyy delicious! when I have free time, I’ll make it.

  12. Do you think I could replace the rice with Cauliflower rice?

  13. Did you make itbwith one cup of dry rice? Or is it one cup after its cooked? I made this tonight and it seems like I used too much rice. Thank you

  14. Betty G. Taylor says:

    Gurl!!!!! This is one of the most AWESOME meals I have fixed in a long time, esp. considering how fast it is to make!!! My hubby and I BOTH absolutely loved it!! I told him “I’m gonna have to start following that Girl who ate Everything” a little closer!!..LOL…She knows her stuff…Next I want to make the Tamale Chicken Bake..I’m betting he will like it just as well. Thanks so much for such Yummy recipes!

  15. Alaina Musick says:

    This is amazing!!! Definitely in the rotation at our house!

  16. This looks wonderful! Just need your help with putting in brown rice instead of white. How would I need to adjust times, please? TIA

  17. Awesome. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I doubled the recipe and everyone loved it, even my picky 16 year old.

  18. Everyone at my house loved this! It was quick and easy and tasted great. Leftovers were great too! We’ve had it a couple of times now and I think it’ll be in our regular rotation. I’ve only had canned chicken on hand so far and it’s turned out great!

  19. I cooked this for dinner this evening and it’s amazing I added some red pepper flakes cuz we like a little spicier other than that that’s all I did to it and it was delicious. I love one pan easy meals so please keep posting thank you.

  20. I made this Nd loved it!!! I need to make it but one person does not like sour cream Can this be made without sour cream? Or what can be substituted?

  21. Chris Farrell says:

    Is there a lower sodium recipe for this?

  22. Do you rinse the rice before cooking?

  23. I made this with cauliflower rice. I used about a cup of chicken broth and I think even that was too much as I had to drain some of the liquid. I too would double the spices next time.

  24. Bev Kloppenburg says:

    Just made this for my son and daughter in law. What a hit, just delicious. Easy to make and love that it uses leftover chicken.