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CHICKEN BURRITO SKILLET

This chicken burrito skillet cooks up in one pot on the stove top and it’s everything you love about a chicken burrito but without the tortilla and made in 30 minutes in one skillet pan. 

Chunks of chicken, black beans, diced tomatoes, and rice cooks in seasoned chicken broth and then it’s topped with cheese. 

Chicken Burrito Skillet is a one pan easy dinner recipe that's made right on the stove top in 30 minutes. Chunks of chicken, rice, beans, and tomatoes simmer in seasoned chicken broth.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN BURRITO SKILLET

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – Cut these into bite-sized chunks that are about 1-inch pieces. 

Salt & Pepper – Seasoning for the chicken as it cooks in the skillet pan. 

Long Grain White Rice – Uncooked, dry rice. Do not prepare beforehand. 

Black Beans

Petite Diced Tomatoes – I prefer using the petite diced tomatoes because they are chopped smaller which makes it easier for kids to eat and they blend in better. 

Cumin, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chili Powder

Chicken Broth – I prefer to use full sodium chicken broth in this recipe for the flavor it adds. If you use low-sodium chicken broth then you may have to add some additional salt in with the other seasonings. 

Shredded Cheese – Use any kind you want! I always use Colby Jack cheese but you can use Monterey Jack cheese, Pepper Jack for some spice, or even Cheddar Cheese. 

Chicken Burrito Skillet is a one pan easy dinner recipe that's made right on the stove top in 30 minutes. Chunks of chicken, rice, beans, and tomatoes simmer in seasoned chicken broth.

MY TIPS FOR THIS EASY SKILLET DINNER RECIPE

– This recipe can easily be customized to your heat & spice preference. It’s pretty mild as is because I want my kids to eat it! Use a can of Rotel tomatoes in place of the petite diced tomatoes. Use Pepper Jack cheese. Add more chili powder or add some cayenne pepper in with the other seasonings. You could also add in a can of diced green chilies. 

– This recipe has been tested with white long grain rice. If you use brown rice then you will have to experiment on your own as brown rice needs longer cook time and it needs more water. 

– Don’t like black beans? Use a can of pinto beans or another bean that you like. You could even leave the beans out if wanted and add a can of corn in it’s place.  

Chicken Burrito Skillet is a one pan easy dinner recipe that's made right on the stove top in 30 minutes. Chunks of chicken, rice, beans, and tomatoes simmer in seasoned chicken broth.

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Chicken Burrito Skillet is a one pan easy dinner recipe that's made right on the stove top in 30 minutes. Chunks of chicken, rice, beans, and tomatoes simmer in seasoned chicken broth.
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Chicken Burrito Skillet


Author Jessica
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Chicken Burrito Skillet is a one pan easy dinner recipe that's made right on the stove top in 30 minutes. Chunks of chicken, rice, beans, and tomatoes simmer in seasoned chicken broth.

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1" bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • chopped tomatoes, sour cream, avocado optional toppings

Instructions

  • In a large skillet pan, over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, chicken chunks, salt, and pepper. Cook chicken until no longer pink and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken from pan (I put it on a paper towel lined plate) and drain the juices from the pan.
    * The chicken does not need to be completely cooked through but it should be cooked most the way (it will look cooked).
  • In same pan, over medium-high heat, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and rice. Sauté rice until lightly browned, while stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until rice is slightly browned and smells fragrant.
  • Stir in beans, canned tomatoes, seasonings and broth; bring to a boil. Once boiling, place chicken on top (DO NOT stir into rice mixture).
  • Cover with a lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Let cook for 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked through.
  • Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand, covered, until cheese is melted. Serve with all your favorite burrito toppings, flour tortillas, or over shredded lettuce. 

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Notes

This recipe has been tested and made every single time with full-salt, regular chicken broth. If you use low-sodium chicken broth then you may have to add some additional salt in with the other seasonings. 
Serving size & calorie count is for about 1 1/2 cups of the chicken burrito skillet. This recipe feeds 6 people. More if you are feeding lots of little kids. 

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 859mg | Potassium: 885mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 3mg

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44 Comments

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  3. your ads are so bad on your site. consider changing them. Not family friendly and really annoying. Covering your content. It’s hard to get your recipes with the invasive advertisements.

    1. Together As Family says:

      If you were more specific about what ads bothered you I would happily take the time to fix them and/or talk to my ad company. No need to be rude. It costs several hundred dollars a month to run a website, so yes as annoying as they can be, ads are necessary for bloggers to continue providing free recipes and ideas. As far as ads covering my content, I just went back to the post you were viewing and saw no such thing. Perhaps it’s something on your browser or mobile, or desktop. Thanks for visiting and leaving me your feedback 🙂

    2. I completely agree .. and I don’t think you were being rude. Right now there’s a giant black square covering the top of the screen. The pictures of the meal are nice, but everything else is difficult. There’s a lot going on with the page, and it detracts from the content. I want to try the recipe but I’m not sure where to start.

      1. Together As Family says:

        I am always working closely with my advertising company and I believe the issue has since been fixed. If not, please let me know! Most of the time I don’t know about annoying ad issues until someone mentions it to me. I’ve had lots of changes on the blog lately with content and layout, which can affect the ads and where they are. So sorry and I hope I have resolved the issue. Thanks for visiting and being here 🙂

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  6. Could you give us a rough idea of how much chicken, weight-wise, you use? Two chicken breasts for six servings doesn’t sound like very much. I know some cooks consider two breasts as what constitutes a whole “breast” if you understand my meaning.

    1. Together As Family says:

      You’re right, I should clarify that. I use 2 large (like the ones at Costco and sams) sized chicken breasts which would equal out to 4 small. I would guess it’s about 1 1/2 – 2 lbs of chicken. The two chicken breast are not meant to feed 6 people, as there is lots of other ingredients in the burrito skillet. I hope that helps 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is outstanding. I used about 1.5 lbs of chicken thighs because I did not have any breast meat. My husband and I really enjoyed this. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    1. Together As Family says:

      You’re welcome. So good to hear that you and your husband enjoyed this.

  8. Melissa A Moseley says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! Made this for my family tonight. Used instant rice because I had it on hand. Turned out perfect and full of flavor! Thank you for a great new recipe for my rotation.

  9. 5 stars
    Super delicious! Thanks for sharing, will be making again!

  10. How much taco or burrito seasoning would you suggest in place of the seasonings? Also what about some lime?

    1. Together As Family says:

      I would use 1 packet of taco seasoning in place of all the seasonings called for in the recipe. The lime would be a great addition! Maybe squeeze some fresh lime juice right before serving.

      1. Aleecia Parker says:

        Do you cook the rice first or leave it uncooked

        1. Together As Family says:

          Uncooked rice goes into the skillet and it cooks in there. I will clarify that in the recipe. Thanks!

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  12. 5 stars
    I get it, Ads are necessary when running a FREE website, I just clicked close, problem solved.

    I did make this tonight, my husband loved it, raved about it actually. I liked it, it’s very easy and flavorful, he really likes Mexico dishes. I’m so glad I made it and will add to my normal rotation.
    Thank you for a wonderful dish !

  13. I made this dish tonight, my daughter and friend absolutely adored it. I didn’t add cheese to the whole entire dish use it as a side topping along with Mexican green onion and olives. Will be adding to normal rotation, thanks for recipe.

    Gigi

  14. 5 stars
    This was a hit! I added frozen sweet white corn and used the breasts from a rotisserie chicken…so definitely make again! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Would I be able to use Jasmine rice in place of Basmati? So excited to try this recipe!

    1. Together As Family says:

      Yes that would work fine. Any long grain rice like Jasmine, Basmati, or long grain rice.

  16. I made it with 28 oz can tomatoes by mistake. It didnt have enough taste to it. But in spite of that, I still felt it had too much rice. I used one cup basmati uncooked as directed. IF I make it again, would use 1/2 cup rice and add a bit more cumin and chili powder.

  17. This is a big hit in our home! No one minds if I make it over and over again. I follow the recipe exactly and it comes out so good. Thank you!

  18. Supriya Kutty says:

    My husband loves Chicken and I am surely going to make this amazing chicken burrito with the recipe you have shared with us, Thank you so much for this amazing recipe that you have shared with us, will surely pass this on to my friends and family as well.

  19. 5 stars
    Made it tonight with a packet of taco mix as I did not have the spices on hand. It was absolutely delicious! My family loved it and this recipe will go into the weekly rotation! Thanks for a great and easy dinner!

  20. 5 stars
    Are you supposed to drain the canned beans and tomatoes before you add them in or no?

    1. Together As Family says:

      Yes, the recipe says to drain and rinse the beans before adding them in.

    2. Together As Family says:

      Do not drain the tomatoes. Follow the recipe as it tells you right there what to do. I even went back to double check that the instructions are correct and they are.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        I am confused. It says drained right next to tomatoes. I’m afraid I won’t have enough liquid if I drain them.

        1. Together As Family says:

          hi! Yes drain the tomatoes. I just use the lid to drain the juice in the can. No need for a colander unless you want to. You will have plenty of liquid. I make this weekly and it’s never not enough liquid. Hope that helps. Enjoy!

  21. Maggie Gromaski says:

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe! I make it once a week and the whole family loves it

    1. Together As Family says:

      Thank you so much! Yes, this is for sure a family favorite around here too. Thanks for being here and leaving your comment. I appreciate it.

  22. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times for my family. Its definitely a hit, my boys love it (husband included:)it taste GE GREAT! in fact, Everyone always comes back for 2nds. And if there is more leftover it makes a great lunch the next day!
    Its the perfect recipe and really is so easy to make. It’s a new go to for me especially those nights I just need to whip up something quick &easy! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Together As Family says:

      I love this! Thank you so much for letting me know. And yes, I am not normally a leftovers fan but this stuff is delicious no matter what.

  23. Rebecca Spores says:

    5 stars
    Great uncomplicated recipe, fast and easy to make, It was delicious! I decided to make burritos bowls – broke some tortilla chips into the bottom of the bowls, added the chicken burrito skillet, with melted cheese on it, added fresh chopped tomatoes, sliced avocados, sour cream, and some taco sauce , Yum !

  24. Roxann Mrochko says:

    4 stars
    Great recipe! I made it for my husband and I and he loved it! Simple and easy to follow instructions make a quick meal. I also made it with tofu for my son since he doesn’t eat meat and he loved it. Great new addition to my rotation of meals. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Together as Family says:

      Thank you for your comment! I’m so happy to hear it worked for your family and what a great idea to use tofu for your son!

  25. Jim Klostermeyer says:

    Finally made this. It’s a keeper. We were a little short on rice and didn’t adjust the liquid. This will be easy to make spicy if you like that.

    1. Together as Family says:

      Great idea to make it spicy! Thank you for your comment!