Dana’s Santa Fe Chicken Pilaf

Santa Fe Chicken Pilaf

This is one of my favorite quick and easy meals.  It is a one dish meal that is as simple as opening several cans and a box mix! I adapted this recipe from the back of a Near East rice pilaf mix to supersize the veggies for more nutrients and fiber. This Santa Fe Rice Pilaf is great with orange wedges or other fresh fruit on the side. A great, light summer meal to add to your rotation!

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Santa Fe Chicken Pilaf

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • 1/2-1 lb. cooked & diced chicken
  • 1 package of rice pilaf mix
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, Rotel if you like it spicy
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans
  • 1 15 oz. can corn
  • Serve with fresh fruit like oranges


  • Prepare rice pilaf according to the box directions, however, replace the water with chicken stock and add cumin along with the spice packet.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, except orange slices, into the rice mixture. Heat until warmed through. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese if desired. Serve with orange slices on the side.

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  1. Susanne says

    just wondering …. I love the sound of this recipe but I don’t like to buy the boxed mixes because of the salt content. What other kind of spices could I add to plain rice to get a similar taste?? Any thoughts?

    • says

      I agree! I am not a huge fan of processed food either. However, I will buy a rice pilaf mix as I figure that even that is better than a meal out! :)

      I would suggest using a rice pilaf recipe (try food.com) in place of the boxed mix. I am sure that it would turn out great if not better!

  2. Bridget says

    I would suggest making the rice mix yourself. You can make A LOT of rice if you use equal parts of rice, chicken broth, and salsa. (example: 2 cups uncooked rice, 2 cups chicken broth, 2 cups salsa). Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes. You could mix in the corn and black beans also.

    I love this site, but I’m having trouble with the prices you list. I’m lucky if I can find chicken for $3/lb.

    • says

      Great idea about the rice! That sounds like a simple, tasty sub to the rice pilaf mix.

      I live in the Chicagoland area which is a bit pricy but can regularly find chicken for $1.99/#. It isn’t at my national chain grocery store but at a little local produce mart. It goes on sale for $1.99/# every 6 weeks or so and I buy 6 weeks worth at a time. So I definately can’t find it every week. If you are having a hard time finding a good price, I would call around to different stores and ask their meat department what the rock bottom pricing is and how often that sale happens. Or just use less meat! :)

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