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Dana’s 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!

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.