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Santa Fe Chicken Recipe

Updated on September 04, 2012

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. | Source

Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe

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.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 4 people

Santa Fe Chicken Ingredients

The ingredients for Santa Fe chicken.
The ingredients for Santa Fe chicken. | Source

Ingredients for Santa Fe Chicken

  • 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

How to Make Santa Fe Chicken

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Heat onions and butter in skillet until tender.Add chicken broth and salsa. Heat to boiling.Add rice and garlic powder. Stir well.Add 4 chicken breasts to top of rice. Cover with lid and simmer for 25 minutes turning chicken over after 10 minutes.Remove from heat and cover with shredded cheese. Replace lid and allow cheese to melt for 5 minutes.Our finished Santa Fe chicken and rice recipe.
Heat onions and butter in skillet until tender.
Heat onions and butter in skillet until tender. | Source
Add chicken broth and salsa. Heat to boiling.
Add chicken broth and salsa. Heat to boiling. | Source
Add rice and garlic powder. Stir well.
Add rice and garlic powder. Stir well. | Source
Add 4 chicken breasts to top of rice. Cover with lid and simmer for 25 minutes turning chicken over after 10 minutes.
Add 4 chicken breasts to top of rice. Cover with lid and simmer for 25 minutes turning chicken over after 10 minutes. | Source
Remove from heat and cover with shredded cheese. Replace lid and allow cheese to melt for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and cover with shredded cheese. Replace lid and allow cheese to melt for 5 minutes. | Source
Our finished Santa Fe chicken and rice recipe.
Our finished Santa Fe chicken and rice recipe. | Source

Santa Fe Chicken Instructions

  1. To prep for this dish, wash and remove fat from 4 boneless chicken breasts. Chop onions to fill 1/2 cup.
  2. In a large skillet, add onions and 1 tablespoon of butter. Saute 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 sauteed onions. Bring 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 lid and reduce heat to simmer. After 10 minutes, turn chicken over and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Remove skillet from heat. Sprinkle with 1 cup of Mexican style shredded cheese. Cover with lid and allow cheese to melt for 5 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle one tablespoon of parsley over the finished dish and enjoy!

Santa Fe Chicken Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Calories 200
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 13 g26%
Cholesterol 35 mg12%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

How to Make Black Beans

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Our finished bowl of black beans.The ingredients to make a pot of black beans.Add the beans, onion powder, and garlic powder and bring to a boil.Reduce heat and add parsley, red pepper, and salt. Simmer for 5-10 minutes and serve.Our Santa Fe chicken with a side of black beans.
Our finished bowl of black beans.
Our finished bowl of black beans. | Source
The ingredients to make a pot of black beans.
The ingredients to make a pot of black beans. | Source
Add the beans, onion powder, and garlic powder and bring to a boil.
Add the beans, onion powder, and garlic powder and bring to a boil. | Source
Reduce heat and add parsley, red pepper, and salt. Simmer for 5-10 minutes and serve.
Reduce heat and add parsley, red pepper, and salt. Simmer for 5-10 minutes and serve. | Source
Our Santa Fe chicken with a side of black beans.
Our Santa Fe chicken with a side of black beans. | Source

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 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!

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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.

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    • katedonavon profile image

      katedonavon 4 years ago

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

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      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!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

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

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      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!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

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

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

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

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      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.

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      emilybee 4 years ago

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

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      BIZBSACRAMENTO 4 years ago from Sacramento

      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.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      emilybee 4 years ago

      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 :)

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

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

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      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!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      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!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      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!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      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!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

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

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      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!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      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

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      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!

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      Tina 4 years ago

      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.

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      Tina 4 years ago

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

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      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!

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      titi6601 4 years ago

      Good recipe. I will cook this today.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

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

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