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Chicken and Yellow Rice Recipe - 1 Great 30 Minute Recipe

Updated on October 4, 2011

I absolutely love trying new food almost as much as I love to travel. I especially like recipes that use ingredients that I'm not familiar with. My motto is that I will try almost any food at least once. I also love recipes that you can whip up in under 30 minutes. I'm not a big "planning ahead" type of gal when it comes to preparing meals. When I get hungry, I make food. And I bet I'm not the only one out there.

I got this recipe from one of my best friends, who got it from one of her best friends, who got it from her mother. When we first cooked Chicken and Yellow Rice together, my friend told me that she was told it is a Cuban recipe. This past January, I was living in Grand Cayman, and I made some Chicken and Yellow Rice for a dinner party one night. I told them where I found the recipe, and said that we thought it could be Cuban. One man who was at dinner with us, a native Caymanian, said that we were right! It is a Cuban recipe. He said his mother used to make it all the time for him when he was a boy.

This is a quick and easy recipe if you're in the mood for some exotic, flavorful food. Enjoy!

Chicken and Yellow Rice Recipe: Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. Yellow Saffron Rice
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1 can of white chicken meat in water
  • 1/4-1/2 pkg. taco seasoning of your choice
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips


Most of the cooking involved in this recipe comes from cooking the rice, and for that, you can find the directions on the package of the Yellow Saffron Rice. But I'll include them here too.

  • Begin boiling 1 2/3 cup water in a pot.
  • Add 1 tsp butter
  • Once the water starts to boil, add rice from package, and turn down to low heat. Cover for 15 minutes.
  • Add canned white chicken meat, do not drain. Add 1/4-1/2 package of taco seasoning to taste. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Place Chicken and Yellow Rice on a plate, sprinkle shredded cheese on top, place in microwave for 15-30 seconds to melt the cheese.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.


My friend from that dinner party in Cayman said that this recipe was exactly like what his mother used to make when he was young, except that she cooked the rice in beer instead of water. I have not tried this new technique, but I look forward to testing it out.


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    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I have never cooked with saffron. I love the taste. I like all the ingredients in this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rosie writes profile image

      Rosie writes 6 years ago from Virginia

      Sounds delicious! Chicken is a main meal in my household a few times a week - always looking for new recipes. Thanks!