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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 269.9
  • Total Fat: 5.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 79.3 mg
  • Sodium: 546.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 19.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Protein: 34.4 g

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Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

Submitted by: DANITHOM25
Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

Introduction

This is a family favorite! This is a family favorite!
Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    1 can fat free cream mushroom soup
    1 can fat free cream chicken soup
    2 cans water
    1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with chilies
    1 1/2 c instant rice
    1 pkg taco seasoning
    cilantro and green onions chopped (optional)
    3 pounds frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 breasts)
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Tips

Also good with light sour cream!


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350.
Coat a 13x9 inch glass casserole dish with cooking spray
In a medium bowl, whisk together the soups, water and taco seasoning, then pour into the bottom of the dish.
Sprinkle the rice over the soups, then place the chicken breasts (still frozen) on top.
Pour the beans and tomatoes over the chicken, then sprinkle on the cilantro and green onions.
Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour, 40 minutes.
Remove foil, sprinkle shredded cheese over to melt and bake another 10 minutes.







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  • Very Good
    123 of 123 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is pretty good! Instead of using pre-packaged taco seasoning, I used my homemade version that doesn't use salt.

    1 tbsp. chili powder
    1 tsp. each of the following:
    garlic powder, oregano, cumin, paprika, crushed red pepper flakes
    1/2 tsp. of pepper - 5/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    41 of 42 people found this review helpful
    Well I just kind of did what I thought, cooked the rice first, and used 4 chicken breasts, it was AMAZING! My boyfriend loved it and woke up in the middle of the night STILL talking about it! great recipe will make over and over and over again!! I also added corn with red peppers. MMMM - 4/14/09

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  • Incredible!
    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
    I made this in the slow-cooker (low for 5 hours, probably high 2-3) but made sure to thaw the breasts out first, halved the water. It turned out delicious! I also followed ASHFRESH's suggestion and added corn w/peppers. Just a warning, if you cook the rice all the way it may turn out mushy. - 4/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
    We made this tonite and it is very good. We followed the recipe but used brown minute rice and it turned out great. A definite staple in our cookbook now. - 4/21/09

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  • 16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    made this tonight and it was very good although, I didn't precook the rice and it was not all the way done. Very good flavor and definetly will make it again, but will adjust so that the rice will come out! - 4/15/09

    Reply from DANITHOM25 (4/16/09)
    I use enough chicken to cover the casserole...usually 5-6 depending on size. For the nutrition values, I used 6.


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  • Incredible!
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    This was FABULOUS! I used raw Basmati rice and only cooked it for 1hr 15mins - it came out PERFECTLY! We also ate it in "La Tortilla Factory" Tortillas...My husband and I loved it and we gave left overs to the neighbors, who asked for the recipe! WELL DONE!!!! AWESOME, AWESOME MEAL!!! - 4/22/09

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  • Very Good
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Made this last night...yum. I'm having a hard time believing this is only 240 calories. Serving size would be helpful. I used chicken that was not frozen, and uncooked brown rice. I baked at 375 for 60 minutes. It helps to make sure the rice is covered by the soup. Will make again. - 1/28/10

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  • Very Good
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    This is really tasty and lo and behold my whole family will eat it!! It's so easy to make and throw in the oven in a pinch. I left out the cilantro, green onions, and cheese and it was still delicious. The only other thing was that I found the rice cooks better when stirred in with the soups. - 5/14/09

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  • 12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    This was DELICIOUS!!! After it was finished cooking, I shredded the chicken and stirred the entire casserole before I sprinkled on a little cheese and baked for another 15 minutes. - 4/7/10

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    This is by far the BEST recipe from SP that I have made to date! - 4/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I made this recipe for dinner tonight and not only was it delicious, but it was SO easy. Plus my boys LOVED it! - 4/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This was an amazing meal! I made it for my husband and myself, and we have plenty leftover. He was very impressed with me. My favorite part was that you cook the chicken from frozen! I popped it in the oven and worked out while it cooked. PERFECT! - 4/24/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Just made this the other night. It was really good. I have a big family..and everyone loved it. It's a new dish on our menu!! - 4/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Really tasted good and it was easy to make. I used 5 chicken breasts, and it made enough for dinner for 2 tonight, dinner later this week and a large dinner in the freezer. Will be leftovers for lunch for DH too. 12 servings would be quite small. I'd make this for potluck anytime. - 5/6/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This was very tasty, although a bit spicy hot for our palate. I would definitely make again using less taco seasoning (this would cut down on the sodium too) and just diced tomatoes instead of the tomatoes with chiles (not sure if they were hot or not) I also used cream of celery instead of chicken. - 4/25/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night and absolutely loved it. I loved the flavor of the tomatoes with everything so I might add more next time. - 4/21/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made a Makeover of this recipe. I substituted quinoa for the rice in this recipe. It was FANTASTIC!
    It made a huge mess, though, since it didn't all fit in the pan. Even after taking quite a bit out before cooking, it still boiled over into my oven. I heavily recommend using a BIG casserole dish - 12/6/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this tonight and am in love! It was amazing - I didn't have taco seasoning here so I used the Pampered Chef Chipotle Rub instead and it was sooooo great! - 3/28/11

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Somehow, this didn't cook right for me. I think it would be really good if it came out correctly though! I will have to play around with it a bit, but I will try it again sometime. - 4/26/09

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  • O.K.
    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I will try this again. Did not have cream of chicken and used brown rice. Was horrible. But I will try it again with no subs and rate it again. - 4/24/09

    Reply from DANITHOM25 (6/4/09)
    Yeah... you try again.


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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Great Recipe and very easy to exchange other ingredients and add veggies!! :) - 4/21/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was great! I used 6-8 boneless skinless chicken strips instead of breast and it turned out great. Even the kids love this one - 4/21/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was very tasty & easy! I did not cook the rice first or thaw the chicken breasts and it turned out great. My only problem was that I used a slightly smaller casserole and it boiled over a little in the oven (so don't do that!). I would never be able to get 12 servings out of it though. - 4/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I loved it! - 4/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Holy wow!! So good! The dish is so easy to throw together too, it made for a perfect Sunday night meal since there was so little prep. I also added frozen corn and when I added the cheese, I also added crushed up plain tortilla chips. The chips help to give it a crunch since the dish is mostly soft. - 2/23/14

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe. Added frozen corn and shredded the chicken after cooking. Also cooked the rice first, used instant brown rice. Going to add chopped onions and black olives next time - 4/19/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Turned out great but I had to cook it a little longer because the rice did not get cooked all the way, next time I am going to remove the foil after it has cooked for an hour. Mixing the rice with the soup is also a good idea. - 1/22/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Huge hit!! Will definitely be making again.

    After baking for 1hr and 40min, I used forks to pull apart the chicken and make it more shredded than in full breasts. Then I reduced the oven heat to 200 degrees and topped the casserole with cheese. Then back in the oven uncovered for 10 more minutes - 1/9/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yum! Made this tonight and added a can of fiesta corn on the top with the beans and tomatoes. We loved it! - 8/18/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this for dinner tonight and it was great! I mixed my soups, water, taco seasoning, rice, and a handful of shredded mild cheddar together before pouring it into my baking dish. I used boneless thighs.Cooked perfectly. BUT should have added salt to soup mix, felt the dish lacked seasoning. Yum! - 7/31/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good and very filling! I added a whole onion and bell pepper, chopped, and mixed it in with the rice and soup mix. Remove foil for last 10 minutes. My family (who are not on a diet) really liked it a lot! Definitely does not taste like diet food
    - 10/16/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good will make again. - 4/23/09

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Ooo! That rocks! I didn't pre-cook the rice but I tightly wrapped the dish and everything came out smooth and tasty! Thanks!!! - 4/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My family was planning a cookout until I came across this awesome recipe. We tried it and in keeping with the the cookout theme, we added ketchup and mustard on top- it was very good- we are all still smiling! - 4/21/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was very good and easy to make. My family of 5 loved it! The only thing that was hard for me was that I have to have things spelled out so I wasn't sure if you had to cook the rice. I didn't cook the rice so it took longer to bake but next time I'll know. Will definately make again. - 4/21/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Super easy! - 4/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I tried this recipe tonight and it is so good! - 4/19/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was a big git at our house. To reduce the sodium I didn't use the taco seasoning, instead I used garlic powder, cumin and red pepper flakes. Very good and will make again. - 4/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Is the rice cooked when it goes in the casserole, or is it raw?

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    Made this last night, omitted the rice, and it was great. Had the chicken and soup/bean/tomatoes mixture served over salad with cilantro and green onion. Next time I'll try it with the rice. - 4/13/09

    Reply from DANITHOM25 (4/15/09)
    Raw


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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I love this recipe becuase I do not have to plan to thaw my chicken breasts in the morning. Awesome! - 4/11/09

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  • I used brown instant rice instead of white, and added half a can of drained, whole kernel corn. My husband loved this! - 8/7/14

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  • I made tonight and this is delicious. I used diced tomatoes with salsa instead of with chilies and I also mixed the rice in to the soup and water combo before adding other ingredients. Definitely will make again - 8/7/14

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  • the chicken seemed a bit dry after cooking that long. I may adjust next time or make in a crock pot - 6/29/14

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  • The overall flavor was amazing and I took suggestions from others and added some peppers, however I ended up cooking mine for almost 2 hours and still finding rae chicken...next time I will be baking it at 400 and start checking it at 45 mins (my chcken breasts were very thick and) - 5/26/14

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  • Very Good! - 5/14/14

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  • This recipe is SO good and easy to make!!! We served it with tortilla chips which was really yummy!! - 4/27/14

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  • I made exactly as the recipe stated. Very good. A little on the salty side. I used hot rotel. Loved the spicy. - 3/31/14

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  • used cooked brown rice & added layer of fresh spinach under cheese. My granddaughter that doesn't eat "green stuff" was so surprised that she didn't mind the spinach!!(with cheese on top of course). - 3/22/14

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  • I made it almost exactly as the directions said, I used healthy or low-sodium ingredients. I used one of the smaller soup cans with water instead of two and as per other comments I mixed the rice in with the soups. My whole family loved it. Even my two year old! Will def. make again! - 3/10/14

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  • My family really liked this recipe. We added a can of red kidney beans to the recipe and omitted the cilantro and green onions. It kind of tasted like enchiladas to us. I will definitely make this recipe again. You could probably even pull the chicken apart and put it on tortillas for a filling. - 2/11/14

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  • it was good, next time I would use chicken strips or shred it, like other posters mentioned. With the large breasts, the inside of the chicken seemed bland. It came out soupy but thickened up as it sat. - 1/27/14

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  • This a very flavorful and filling recipe. My entire family loved it, so this will become a rotation in the dinner menu. So good! - 1/20/14

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  • This is delicious and filling. I made mine in a 6 litre slow cooker (minus the cheese) then divided it into portions in foil containers to freeze. Pulled one out, defrosted it then topped it with cheese and baked it for 30 minutes. - 1/3/14

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  • I made this in the crock pot following sonicb's suggestion, it is now my go to pot luck dish
    - 12/31/13

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  • This recipe is fantastic. I can't believe so few ingredients turn out FANTASTIC this is a new family favorite. - 11/20/13

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  • It was very good,everyone enjoyed it except for my wife. I followed the recipe to the letter but it did turn out soupy, which is what she did not like. Did I do something wrong? - 10/26/13

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  • I used 3 chicken breast and they were thawed and I added another can of green chilies. No one in our family likes black beans and I didn't have any other type of canned bean, so I added a can of corn. Only had to cook for an hour, plus after cutting the chicken up and adding cheese another 10 mins. - 10/26/13

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  • To make it even more delicious, and only adding a few more calories, I served this dish with a small dollop of fat free sour cream and a few crumbled Fritos. Looked great on the plate, too! - 10/13/13

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  • Delightfully different dish, simple to make and very tasty! I often forget to thaw something out for dinner, and this recipe solves that problem! Also tried it w/items I had on hand: rotisserie chicken, cooked long-grain white rice so less water and less bake time. LOVE this versatile recipe!! - 10/8/13

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  • Delicious! I made this with a couple of small changes-- first I omitted the can of cream of mushroom soup (I didn't have any) omitted the Rotel (picky husband doesn't like it) I used regular salsa instead and cut the shredded cheese down to 1'4 cup (that's all I had) Still turned out great! - 10/2/13

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  • Yes, the comment for their own taco seasoning. I am planning on using it tonight. - 9/22/13

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  • This turned out really good. I took mine out after the hour and 40 mins and shredded my chicken, mixed it all together, added the cheese on top, and then I put it back in for the 10 mins it called for. Mine equaled out to twelve 1 cup servings. I also ate it with some low carb wheat tortillas. - 9/16/13

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  • Made this last night. AMAZING to say the least. Started with defrosted chicken breast and also used cooked brown rice instead after reading some people cpmments saying the rice was not cooked all the way through... With doing it this way, cooking time was down to less than an hour! Yummy! - 9/12/13

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  • This is an easy recipe for busy mom's. You can put it together, throw it in the oven, and help with homework or give baths to little ones. You don't even have to defrost the chicken! Oh... and it is DELICIOUS!!! - 9/3/13

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  • I thought this was very good and flavorful. Like another person did, I substituted qunioa for the rice. It was delicious! - 8/24/13

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  • Yum I have to try this one this week!
    - 8/21/13

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  • 6.2 weight watchers points - 8/21/13

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  • This was very good, changes made - used brown rice, low sodium taco seasoning mix and added onions. The flavor was awesome, topped with salsa....yum! - 8/5/13

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  • Easy enough. I am making this for people getting back from a
    Boundry Waters Trip. - 7/24/13

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  • I loved this recipe! I did not alter any ingredients but I did cut up the chicken into cubes, cooked the chicken then made the casserole but cooked for 45 minutes, 10 more after adding the cheese. I did not cook the rice first but I used the Brown "Success" 10 minute rice. - 7/2/13

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  • It would have been real nice if measurements had been used. For instance, WHAT SIZE can of tomatoes etc. :( - 5/3/13

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  • This was very good but it tasted like something was missing. I'm going to have to play around with the recipe and figure out what else my taste buds were expecting. - 4/28/13

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  • oh my gosh! Absolutely amazing! It was soo sooo good that i actually jumped on the computer and rated it as i was chewing my last bite! The only change I made was to use brown minute rice. - 4/25/13

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  • The rice and beans are very good. The chicken doesn't have much flavor. I suspect it could be because the chicken is added frozen. I will definitely make this again but I think I will thaw the chicken and maybe even pierce it with a fork so it can absorb some of the flavor - 4/24/13

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  • It was good. Only change. Diced tomatoes no salt. And I used kitchen aids shredder chicken. It was very gooooooood. Thanks share this give big stars. - 4/19/13

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  • This recipe deserves even more stars! Also added mushrooms because my family loves them. I had left over chicken breast so I used that instead of frozen but next time I will use the frozen as I am always forgetting to get meat out of freezer. Great versatile recipe that you can personalize. Love it! - 4/6/13

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  • I used brown rice instead of white adding a bit more to the fiber side and used a low sodium taco seasoning. Everyone approved and no one told me about the "diet" food.... - 4/1/13

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  • this was awesome I used hot and spicy taco seasoning and it was awesome will make this again..
    - 3/30/13

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  • Leftovers was actually not as good as freshly cooked. - 3/7/13

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  • Whole family LOVED IT!!! - 3/5/13

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  • Can someone tell me what the serving size is? 1 cup, 1/2 Cup?? Also does anyone know how much taco seasoning you would use if you just had bulk taco seasoning. What's equivalent to 1 pk? 1T ??? - 2/28/13

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  • Quick meal that is full of flavor. Definitely a household favorite! - 2/12/13

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  • This was pretty good. I added another can of diced tomatoes in mine. This make a huge amount, as I have a small family I will make a half batch next time. You can use about half as much chicken and it will be fine too! - 2/11/13

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made this tonight...Wasn't overly impressed, but it was easy enough that I'll probably make it again. - 2/11/13

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  • Awesome. Used CALIRPM's recipe for the taco seasoning to cut back on sodium, and then only used 1/2 of it as I did not want it too spicy, but added more garlic powder, cumin and oregano. Also used quinoa to up the protein. Really, really good!! - 2/10/13

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  • This is seriously yummy!! I mixed my rice with the soups to ensure that the rice was covered in liquid and would cook through. I also mixed my tomatoes with a can of cheesy soup to add extra cheese flavor to it. - 2/9/13

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  • Pretty dang good. I added a can of green chilies to the soup. I also added fresh cilantro after it was cook. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe. - 2/2/13

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  • I thought that this recipe sounded like it would be tasty, and boy, was it ever. It was terrific! I will absolutely make it again. And again. And again! Danithom25, thank you so much for sharing this. The only change I will make it so stir the rice into the soup, as suggested by Mamalizard. - 1/26/13

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  • Love this recipe! It's even better the next day - I used brown rice it was so yummy - 1/20/13

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  • I made this dish this evening. It came out great. The only changes I made was defrosting my chicken and cutting it up in chunks throughout the casserole. I used brown rice and stirred it in with the soups so it would cook thoroughly. Delicious! - 1/19/13

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  • This was really good! Even my kids liked it! - 1/17/13

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  • I enjoyed this recipe. I added bell peppers and red onions and found it complimented it very well.

    Also, It tastes great as leftovers! - 1/15/13

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  • I've made this one several times and had excellent reviews from my boyfriend!
    I do recommend adding extra veggies as desired (I usually add onion) and reducing sodium via soup choices and home made taco seasoning. - 1/12/13

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  • Amazing!!!! Best sparkpeople recipe ive tried. Will definitely be making it again. - 1/4/13

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  • Bad
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I didnt like this at all, I followed the recipe to the letter and my rice was mushy and overcooked, the chicken was dry and bland and it just overall was not a very good meal, I had to drown it in hot sauce to eat it, I wish it had worked out, I was looking forward to this one... - 1/2/13

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  • We loved it but next time I will season it more...wasn't 'mexican' enough for my family. - 12/31/12

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  • This was a good and easy dish to make to satisfy that craving for Mexican food. - 11/14/12

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  • Very good and reheats nicely! will make 1/2 a batch next time as it makes so much. - 11/12/12

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  • This was really good!! I went ahead and cooked the chicken and rice first ~ then baked it for 30 minutes, it was really good!! Family said I was allowed to cook this kind of healthy again! :) - 11/9/12

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