Cheesy Salsa Chicken and Rice Bake

This salsa chicken and rice bake is a Mexican-inspired recipe perfect for an easy dinner night menu. With this 30 minute meal, you can have a filling dinner ready in no time.

salsa chickan and rice on a plate and in a red bakign dish in background

Salsa Chicken Rice Casserole

I love this 4 ingredient meal so much that it’s usually on the menu at least once a month. With it being so fast and simple I can usually whip it up in no time on a busy night which just makes hectic days end on a great note.

I often add in canned corn, black beans, diced tomatoes, or anything else on hand just to stretch it a little further. I even enjoy taking leftovers (assuming there is any) and turning them into a burrito bowl of serving it up in my cheesy bean and rice burritos.

ingredients needed to make salsa chicken and rice

Salsa chicken bake ingredients

  • Chunky salsa
  • Quick Minute Rice
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Chicken

Optional Toppings:

  • Canned corn
  • Black beans
  • Green onion
  • Diced tomatoes

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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a close up of melted cheese and chicken with green onions over red salsa rice in a baking dish

Tips for making salsa chicken and rice bake

With a simple recipe like this, there aren’t too many tricks or tips to share.

The salsa is liquidy enough that it helps to provide moisture for the rice despite not being water. For best flavors, I recommend using a salsa you already know and love as not every kind is made the same as another. I usually opt for a chunky style because the added bites of diced tomato are always pleasant.

This recipe is fast, simple, and can be 100% on the stovetop with a large enough pot. Just make the rice as directed, top it with cheese and chicken and then close the lid until the cheese is melted and the chicken is heated through.

a wooden spoon resting over a missing portion of salsa rice in a red baking dish

FAQ’s about salsa chicken recipe

Can I make salsa rice with verde salsa?

I have not tried this recipe with a Verde salsa but I can picture it tasting rather delicious if used. Let me know in the comments if you try it, I’d love to hear about it!

Can I use brown rice or a long cook white rice for salsa rice?

This salsa rice recipe uses white quick minute rice as it needs less liquid and time to cook. Other varieties could be used but they won’t end up the same as the cooking time and the liquid ratios would need to be adjusted. Long grain rice will also end up starchy if not properly rinsed.

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How to make cheesy salsa chicken and rice

Bring salsa and water to a boil in a medium sized pot.

Stir in quick cooking rice.

Add the lid and remove it from heat.

Let stand 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13 baking dish.

Top with cooked chicken.

Sprinkle cheese and additional toppings over the top of the chicken.

Bake for 15 minutes until chicken is cooked throgh and cheese is melted.

Serve warm.

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Cheesy Salsa Chicken and Rice Bake

This salsa chicken and rice bake is a Mexican-inspired recipe perfect for any easy dinner night menu. With this 30 minute meal you can have a filling dinner ready in no time.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: cheesy salsa chicken and rice, salsa chicken and rice bake, salsa chicken bake, salsa chicken recipe, salsa chicken rice casserole
Servings: 10
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups White Quick Cook 5 Minute Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cups Chunky salsa
  • 1-2 cups Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1-2 cups Cooked chicken, diced or shredded

Optional toppings suggestions:

  • Green onions, chopped
  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes, diced

Instructions

  • In a medium sized pot, bring 2 cups of water and 2 cups of salsa to a boil.
  • Stir in quick cooking rice and place the lid on the pot.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Spread the cooked salsa rice in the baking dish.
  • Top the rice with your shredded or diced chicken.
  • Sprinkle cheese over the top and any additional toppings if desired.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the chicken is heated through.
  • Serve warm.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1scoop | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.1g | Protein: 11.6g | Fat: 8.1g | Saturated Fat: 4.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 35.4mg | Sodium: 515.1mg | Potassium: 84.7mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 3.3g | Vitamin A: 67.9IU | Calcium: 146.8mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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