August 4, 2018

Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole

It's a busy month already y'all and back to school is right around the corner. I am already planning my fast and easy weeknight meals and casseroles are at the top of my list! Nothing is easier than mixing everything up together and pouring it in a baking dish to bake up for dinner, right? This Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole is as easy as that and a hit with my whole family! 
I used my new Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker to make most of this hearty meal and added cooked chicken and cheese before popping it in the oven for a few minutes before serving. I love how fluffy the rice was and you can customize the heat by adding peppers or spicy salsa. We kept it mild for my kiddos and they loved it!
Learn about the new Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker.

First off, this isn't just a plain ol' rice cooker! I love that it can cook any grain or hot cereal effortlessly but it also steams fresh veggies, seafood and poultry and cook beans and soup! Yes, that means this awesome gadget can cook a complete meal at one time! I am most excited about making steamed shrimp and corn on the cob in the steamer basket in my rice cooker this weekend!  
 This 4-20 cup rice cooker is perfect for feeding the whole family. I am looking forward to using this bad boy for the upcoming holidays for my casseroles and side dishes.
Check it out on Amazon here.

Ingredients: 

Makes 8-10 servings
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups white long grain rice
  • 4 ears corn, cut from the cob
  • 16oz jar salsa
  • 4 tbsp cilantro, chopped {plus more for garnish}
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded {about 4 cups}
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced {optional}

Directions:

  1. Add first 9 ingredients to the cooking pot of the rice cooker.
  2. Stir and cover.
  3. Cook at WHITE RICE setting {45 minutes}. 
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. When it is done cooking, pour into a 8X13 baking dish. 
  6. Add chicken and 1/2 the cheese and stir to combine.
  7. Top with remaining cheese and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from oven and sprinkle on additional chopped cilantro.
  9. Serve warm and enjoy!
Adapted from Hamilton Beach

You can use whatever seasonings you like but I went with Tex-Mex favorites- 
garlic, onion, cumin, and chile. 
You need equal parts rice and water. I used 3 cups of each.
Pour white rice in your cooking pot along with water and seasonings. 
Now add a whole jar of your favorite salsa.
 If you want more heat add some diced jalapeno too!
I use fresh, sweet corn all summer long in recipes.
 It is delicious in this hearty rice dish. Add 4 cobs worth to the pot.
Now add a couple tablespoons chopped cilantro.
Mix it all together and cover.
Cook on the WHITE RICE setting which is 45 minutes long.
When it's done fluff with a fork and pour into a baking dish. 
I mixed in 3-4 cups chopped cooked rotisserie chicken. 
Add mixed in 1 cup of cheese. 
Top with an additional cup of cheese then bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Once the casserole is warmed through and the cheese is melted, remove from oven. 
Top with more chopped cilantro and serve. My kiddos like to add sour cream too.
Love this easy peasy dinner made with my new favorite kitchen gadget: the Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker ! Enter to win one below!
I received this product for free from Hamilton Beach  in exchange for an honest review on my blog. 
The opinions posted are my own. 

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120 comments:

  1. I'm most excited to make Rice Cooker Macaroni and Cheese in the Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker.

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  2. This Tex-mex chicken recipe looks great.

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  3. Not sure yet-so many good ones. Maybe a rice and chicken recipe.

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  4. The Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole looks yummy.

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  5. It has to be the Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole - it looks so good.

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  6. I would like to try and make a Sausage Jambalaya.

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  7. I think I'd make a recipe exactly like yours but with tofu and vegan cheese :) Sounds delicious!

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  8. I think my family would love the Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole!

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  9. Sweet and sour pork with rice and veggies.

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  10. Maybe orange chicken and rice my favorite

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  11. I'd like to try my grand mother's oat groat recipe using this cooker.

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  12. Probably chili first and then on to the other recipes.

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  13. I'd like to try some wild rice because I have trouble cooking it just right on the stovetop.

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  14. I would love to make a single portion beef stew for myself.

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  15. Im looking forward to the tex-mex chicken and also probably try out an Enchilada Rice Bowls recipe

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  16. I would love to make my dirty rice recipe. Its delicious!

    Love3570@aol.com

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  17. I'd love to make bacon mac and cheese in this. Thanks for the chance!

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  18. Chicken, rice and broccoli casserole would be something I would like to try using this cooker.

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  19. I am most excited to make a ton of rice. In Hawaii we eat rice with most meals. Jasmine rice is our favorite. This will also help with preparation of oatmeal. We use the whole oats - for better fiber content. Thank you and Aloha

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  20. I would make the Tex Mex CHicken recipe.

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  21. I am excited about making my famous spicy home made chili! :-) Thank you.

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  22. I would love to make chicken and rice!

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  23. I'd like to try a spicy roast in it!

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  24. I would like to try and make Cardamom Rice in it.

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  25. I am excited to make some fried rice

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  26. I would be excited to make creamy chicken and rice!

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  27. I would love to win this so I can get back to making my sweetheart's beloved Korean recipes.

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  28. I'm thinking a chicken and rice recipe

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  29. I would love to make orange chicken. I found the perfect recipe. Just need the cooker to make it now.

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  30. I would use it for Almost Cabbage Rolls

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  31. I have an old recipe for a chicken-broccoli-rice casserole that would be very easy in this.
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  32. I would make chicken and rice.

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  33. I would love to try this Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice! I love tex mex food.

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  34. I am excited to make veggie chili.

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  35. I would love to make a sticky coconut rice with mango.

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  36. Chicken, broccoli and brown rice in a cream of celery gravy

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  37. I just made chicken and rice in the oven this evening after work. It would be much easier to make it in this cooker!

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  38. I would like to try the Tex-Mex Chicken -- YUM!

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  39. Chili or mac and cheese as starters.

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  40. I'd love to make zucchini oatmeal in it!

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  41. Going to sound boring here but I love jasmine rice with a little bit of salt and butter.. no19034770 @yahoo.com

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  42. I'd love to make 3 cheese mac n cheese with spinach.

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  43. I would make broccoli, rice and chicken. We love flavoring our rices.

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  44. I'm excited to make chicken and rice.

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  45. The Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole looks good but I would also like to make rice pudding in it

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  46. I can't wait to try my spicy Cajun rice in this cooker.

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  47. Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole would taste great! Thank you

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  48. I would make a shrimp & rice stir fry

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  49. Macaroni and ham and cheese!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  50. I would make cinnamon oatmeal in it.

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  51. I would love to make orange chicken and rice.

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  52. I would like to make a chicken gumbo style rice casserole in it. Gumbo, but with less moisture.

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  53. The recipe here looks and sounds amazing. I'd also like to try a Mac and Cheese.

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  54. I think I'd like to make some of my Cheesy Rice and Chicken casserole! Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

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  55. I would make arroz con pollo.

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  56. I would love to make the mac n cheese. Perfect for a fall day.

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  57. I would make a brown rice teriyaki bowl!! With lots of carrots.

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  58. The Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole for sure!

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  59. I would like to make the Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole. I saved a link to this page, so that I can come back and try this recipe later.

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  60. I would love to make pineapple chicken over rice! Extra spicy!

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  61. I would make the Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole. This looks so delicious and I think my family would love it!

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  62. Would make a pot of homemade chilli

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  63. I want to make a chili recipe!

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  64. This would be an amazing help with my jambalaya!

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  65. I'm excited to make rice for Chinese stir fry
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    Ashley C

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  66. I am most excited to make my grandma's beef stroganoff.

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  67. I would like to make a mushroom risotto or mushroom wild rice.

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  68. Mexican rice for fajitas

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  69. Probably a beef stew would be first.

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  70. I'd love to try chicken with rice!

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  71. I would make seafood gumbo or jambalaya, hard to decide they’re both good.

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  72. I would be making orange chicken and rice.

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  73. Your recipe sounds reall good but I’d substitute veggie chicken!

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  74. Mac & Cheese would be the perfect thing to make first!! My family is always asking me to make that!

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  75. I would love to use something like this to cook jasmine rice

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  76. I like the recipe you posted. But, I also like to make plain rice for my salsa chicken and other dishes.

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  77. I would love to try salbury steaks and gravy first.

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  78. I would really like to make some veggie brown rice casserole. My family loves to have brown rice with different ingredients mixed in to make casseroles.

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  79. I would love to make some creole gumbo.

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  80. I want to try this recipe of tex mex chicken and rice. I know that everyone here would love it. My son and niece the most. (but Idk if they will as much as me?)

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  81. I would try your recipe first, then chili and I would like to master some fried rice!

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  82. All the recipes sound great especially oatmeal.

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  83. I would make apple cinnamon spice oatmeal.

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  84. I would love to make some healthy chicken, rice and veggie recipes for dinner for my family in the Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker!

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  85. Chicken Rice & Broccoli or Chili recipe

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  86. I wonder if i can make tuna casarole in this thing

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  87. The Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole is the first thing i would make

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  88. I am most excited about making my world famous rice and chile recipe in this cooker.

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  89. I would like to make the Southwestern Chicken and Rice.

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  90. I would try out our "Rice Cooker Macaroni and Cheese" recipe !

    Rafflecopter: Bryan E.

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  91. The Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti Casserole.

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  92. Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole!

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  93. I am excited to make a roast with potatoes and Carrots.

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  94. I'd like to try and make a rice pudding.

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  95. Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole!

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  96. Chili, yum. Thank you- would love to win :)

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  97. I have several different oatmeal recipes that I want to try out.

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  98. I'love to try the text max or t byw sticky rice with mango

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  99. After looking at all the above pictures I really want to try the Tex mex casserole!

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  100. Wild rice with mushrooms and chicken, for starters!

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  101. I would just like to make some rice!

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  102. I would love to make a wild eyed rice jambalaya and gravy with my cooker.

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  103. Since you can also make soup in it, I would love to make broccoli cheese soup. I love this soup and I think it would be easier to make using this rice and hot cereal cooker.

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  104. I love making soup and stews or chicken and rice!
    I'd be using it several days a week!

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  105. I am most excited to make risotto!

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