Spicy Mexican Rice with Chicken

Kyra Williams for The Upside Blog

by | Updated: February 25th, 2021

Life feels more flavorful with this rice dish for lunch or dinner. Chicken is generously rubbed with six spices and popped in the oven to seal in the flavors. Then it’s chopped and mixed with seasoned rice, peppers, onions and peas for a one-bowl meal that comes together in under an hour. It’s spicy and satisfying without being heavy. If chicken isn’t your thing, omit it for a zesty vegetarian side. And don’t forget the cilantro – it brightens every bite!

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Spicy Mexican Rice with Chicken

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 400 kcal
Author Kyra Williams



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In small bowl, mix together all dry spices. Separate half into another bowl. Using one half, rub spices onto chicken.
  3. Bake chicken for 20-25 minutes until internal temperature is 165.
  4. In large pot, combine water, chicken broth and remaining half of dry spices. Bring to boil, then stir in rice and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
  5. In skillet with olive oil, cook peppers and onions until tender, then add peas and let simmer on low until rice and chicken are done.
  6. Chop chicken into cubes and stir into rice along with veggies.
  7. Garnish with cilantro if desired.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spicy Mexican Rice with Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 1376mg57%
Potassium 871mg25%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 2941IU59%
Vitamin C 77mg93%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Kyra Williams

Kyra Williams hasn’t always been fit. She used to be quite the opposite, in fact. During her college years, she lived on pizza and beer and packed on an unhealthy amount of pounds, due to total inactivity. One day, something clicked, and Kyra knew it was time to lose the weight. Since that time, she’s fallen so in love with fitness that she’s made it her life’s work to help others to make the changes they need to become fit, active and healthy.

Kyra is a self-employed, NASM-certified online personal trainer and nutrition expert, Crossfit Level One Trainer, USA Weightlifting and USA Powerlifting Coach, and she’s helped women all over the world through her online training services and training programs. For more info or to connect with Kyra, visit kyrawilliamsfitness.com.