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Easy One Pot Fajita Seasoned Rice

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Bring all the flavor of your favorite restaurant dish to the comfort of your own home with this Easy One Pot Fajita Seasoned Rice! Loaded with warm spices, fresh, vegetables, and chicken, it’s a budget-friendly meal that’s ready in minutes. 

Fajita seasoned rice in a white bowl topped with green onions, fresh herbs, and a lime wedge

Why You’ll Love This One Pot Fajita Seasoned Rice

Any time we go out to eat at a Mexican restaurant, we already know what we’re going to order. There’s no need for a menu because you can never go wrong with chicken fajitas! High protein, budget-friendly, and sizzling hot, they’re always delicious and are so satisfying to eat. So, we decided to recreate them with a budget-friendly homemade recipe! Without further ado, let us introduce you to our Easy One Pot Fajita Seasoned Rice Recipe. It’s: 

  • Made with pantry staple ingredients
  • Combined in one dish for easy prep and quick clean up
  • Versatile to fit all your needs
  • Great for meal prep, and easily doubled to feed a crowd

Ingredients You’ll Need

Just a handful of items come together to create a colorful seasoned rice dish that’s high-protein, full of fiber and bursting with nutrients to keep you full. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Chicken – We prefer to use chicken breasts, but if you want a little extra fat and flavor thighs would be great as well. 
  • Veggies – A combination of red and green bell peppers along with onions makes this recipe not only pretty but so good for you, too. 
  • Seasoning – Garlic cloves, taco seasoning, salt, and pepper combine to create a little spice and enhance the savoriness of this dish. To save time, we use store-bought taco seasoning packets, but you could also create your own with a recipe like this
  • Rice – We prefer long-grain white rice like Basmati or Jasmine, but feel free to use whatever you like best. 
  • Water – This is crucial to creating soft, fluffy rice. Or, if you want to really boost the flavor, try using chicken broth instead. 
  • Garnishes – Once plated, elevate the appearance of your meal and enhance the savory flavors with a sprinkle of cilantro and lime juice. 

overhead image of a bowl of raw cubed chicken, chopped red onions, chopped red pepper, lime wedges, and uncooked white rice

How to Make Fajita Seasoned Rice

Once you make this recipe, you’ll never go back to pricey restaurants or standing over the oven waiting for separate dishes to cook ever again. 

  1. In a large pot, sauté the chicken, garlic, and red onion in the taco seasoning and salt until the chicken is no longer pink. 
  2. Add the peppers, and cook until soft
  3. Then, pour in the rice and water. Bring the ingredients to a boil. 
  4. Next, reduce the heat, and cook until the liquid has evaporated and the rice is tender.
  5. Add your garnishes, and dig in! 

Variations and Add-Ins

Feel to adjust and add to this recipe as much as you’d like! For instance, you could easily swap the rice out with quinoa. Or, use shrimp or beef instead. Some of our favorite additions to jazz it up even more include: 

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Jalapeños 
  • Tomatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream

overhead image of a bowl full of fajita seasoned rice with a pot of the rice in the top lefthand corner

Serving Suggestions

This fajita seasoned rice is a complete meal all on its own. However, if you want to spice it up try some of these fun serving suggestions! 

  • Over tortilla chips for loaded nachos
  • On top of a bed of greens for a DIY Chipotle bowl 
  • Wrapped in a tortilla for a burrito 
  • Stuffed in a quesadilla

Common Questions

Can I make this seasoned rice recipe ahead of time? 

Yes! Leftovers make for great meal prep for the next several days. Store your seasoned rice in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Or, freeze it for up to 2 months

How should I reheat leftovers? 

When you’re ready to eat, make sure your leftovers are completely thawed. Then, warm them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Or, add them back to a pot on the stove over medium heat with a bit of oil. 

Do I season the rice before or after cooking? 

The bulk of the seasonings are actually added to the chicken before cooking the rice. As a result, the rice is flavored as it cooks and all of the ingredients combine. 

a close up image of a white bowl full of fajita seasoned rice topped with fresh herbs

More Easy Rice Recipes

If you’re new to one pot rice recipes, prepare to become obsessed! They’ll be your new favorite dinner option, and we’ve got plenty of recipes to keep your weeknights covered. 

  • This Stuffed Pepper Rice Bake is so simple and delicious that you’ll wonder why you never thought of making it before. 
  • A family favorite, this Chicken and Broccoli Rice is ready in 30 minutes or less! 
  • Better than takeout, this Wok Egg Fried meal is loaded with tons of veggies and plenty of flavor.
  • Bursting with classic flavors, this Greek Rice Bake is one recipe guaranteed to deliver. 
overhead image of a bowl of one pot fajita seasoned rice topped with fresh herbs and lime wedges

Easy One Pot Fajita Seasoned Rice

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Bring all the flavor of your favorite restaurant dish to the comfort of your own home with this Easy One Pot Fajita Seasoned Rice! Loaded with warm spices, fresh, vegetables, and chicken, it’s a budget-friendly meal that’s ready in minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course dinner, lunch, meal prep
Cuisine American, Mexican, tex mex
Servings 8
Calories 301 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds chicken breast (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups rinsed rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Optional: cilantro and lime juice for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, sauté the chicken, onion, garlic, taco seasoning, and salt over medium heat, stirring to combine. Cook until chicken is no longer pink.
  • Add peppers, and sauté for 1-2 minutes or until soft.
  • Pour the rice and water into the pot. Bring the liquid to a boil. Then, cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 20-22 minutes or until the water has almost completely evaporated and the rice is tender.
  • Top with fresh cilantro and lime juice, and serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 657IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword chicken and rice, easy one pot meal, fajita chicken, seasoned rice
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