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Chicken and Rice Taco Skillet with sour cream and guacamole on top.
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4.94 from 15 votes

Chicken and Rice Taco Skillet

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Servings: 4


For the Chicken:

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil

For the Rice and Veggies:

  • 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup white jasmine rice, rinsed well and drained
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • Zest of ½ lime
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish

Optional For Serving:

  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream (omit to keep dairy-free)
  • Corn tortilla chips
  • Sliced jalapenos


  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.

Cook the Chicken:

  • Trim excess fat off the chicken thighs and pat very dry. Season the the chicken on both sides with the salt and taco seasoning.
  • Heat the oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the chicken in a single layer (working in batches as needed) and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean plate and set aside. The chicken does not need to be fully cooked through as it will continue to cook in the oven.

Begin the Rice:

  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the veggies are tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the rice, salt, and taco seasoning the cook, stirring, toasting the rice until fragrant and lightly browned, about 2 more minutes.
  • Add the broth, lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro leaves and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer. Nestle the chicken back into the skillet. Cover the skillet, carefully transfer to the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Carefully uncover the skillet and continue baking until the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 more minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and fluff the rice with a fork. Garnish with more cilantro.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • To serve, spoon the chicken and rice onto plates and garnish as desired. I like to top mine with some sliced jalapeno, a dollop of guacamole, sour cream, and corn tortilla chips for scooping and a crunch!