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Easy Santa Fe Chicken

"My day is busy from start to finish," remarks Debra Cook of Pampa, Texas. "So this quick and meaty main dish is one of my menu mainstays. With its lovely golden color, it's pretty enough to serve to company or as a special Sunday dinner idea."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, optional


  • In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Add broth and salsa; bring to a boil. Stir in rice and garlic powder. Place chicken over rice; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Turn chicken; cook 10-15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 165°. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 339 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • hondapcgirl1
    Oct 26, 2017

    Really 3.5 stars - Fairly easy. Mild flavor, but could spice it up with different salsa. Kids enjoyed

  • equested
    Mar 4, 2017

    This is easy, not expensive, and delicious. Mine was a little salty the first time I made it and I think it was because the broth was a bit salty, otherwise, perfect!

  • Lowcalmama
    Jan 31, 2015

    Love it

  • Reg7
    Oct 31, 2013

    This is my families favorite dinner.

  • cindying
    Jul 14, 2013

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  • danievj77
    Apr 16, 2013

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  • alisone
    Feb 27, 2012

    I have made this many times and everyone in the family likes it. Yummy and good for you! I make with brown rice and have to cook the rice a little before I put in the skillet so it softens up better.

  • Sylvester90
    Dec 7, 2011

    This is a flavourful, easy recipe. I omitted the onions to speed it up a little more. I also used 10 minute rice. I've found that I usually have to add about a half cup of water halfway through the cooking time, but the chicken comes out really nice and juicy. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  • DCR
    Oct 19, 2009

    Had this recipe several times. Makes a great meal for pot luck's at the office. Never had to bring home any leftovers.

  • pcgirl2us
    Aug 9, 2009

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