Southwest Chicken and Rice

Southwest Chix n Rice
Dinner: Southwest Chicken and Rice with Side Dish of Corn

I am hesitant to call this “Gumbo”, “Jambalaya”, or even “Dirty Rice” for I have no desire to upset a traditional Southern cook. But this is a similar dish for those with unique abilities that is simpler to make and doesn’t require tending to the stove the entire time — it starts on the stovetop and then moves to the oven to finish. Make sure you use a pan with a handle that can go in the oven.

OvenProof Pan


Makes 3-4 Servings


Large frying pan with sides (with oven safe handle)

Knife and cutting board

Bowls – 2 medium and 1 small


  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 1 pound (16 ounces)
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • ½ of large onion
  • ½ of large green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small zucchini (or ½ of a large one)
  • 4 Tablespoons diced canned chilies
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, about 14-15 ounces
  • ½ cup white rice (uncooked)
  • In a small bowl, put:
    • 1 + ½ teaspoons cumin
    • 1 + ½ teaspoons chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon oregano
    • ¾ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • In bowl, put
    • Chopped onion
    • Chopped pepper
    • Chopped garlic
  • In another bowl, put
    • Chopped zucchini
    • Tomatoes
    • Chilies
    • ¾ cup water
  • Cut thighs into pieces the size of a quarter. (Do LAST! Do NOT spread chicken germs!)
  • Wash hands completely.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Place pan on stove on medium heat.
  3. When pan is hot, add oil.
  4. Add bowl of onions and peppers; cook 5 minutes.
  5. Add chicken; cook 5 more minutes.
  6. Add spice mix; stir and cook 1 minute.
  7. Add tomato mix. Bring to a boil.
  8. Add rice and stir.
  9. Turn stove off; Place pan in oven
  10. Bake 20 minutes or until rice tests done.
  11. Remove from oven; Turn oven off.
  12. Serve.

Dad HH’s Creation

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