Creamy Santa Fe Chicken and Rice

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins

Really healthy recipe that tastes like it isn't!!! This is actually a variation of someone else's on this site. I'm on a diet where I'm trying to eat higher protein meals regularly throughout the day and this is perfect for an after work dinner that will be satisfying without breaking any rules. A portion of 1/6 of the pan, which is very satisfying, only has about 415 calories and packs 30 grams of protein!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook rice according to package, but instead of water, cook the rice in an equal amount of chicken broth plus the reserved tomato juice. (So, for example, if the rice package calls for to 4 cups of water, and you have 1 cup of reserved tomato juice, you will cook the rice in the tomato juice plus 3 cups of chicken broth instead of the water.).
  2. While the rice is cooking, mix together the chilies, olives, tomatoes, corn, and cooked chicken in a large bowl.
  3. Blend cottage cheese, greek yogurt, 1 cup of the chicken broth, salt, garlic powder, and taco seasoning until smooth.
  4. When the rice is done, fold it into the chicken mixture. Then stir in the cottage cheese/greek yogurt mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 45 min or until it seems to hold together nicely.


Most Helpful

This was really tasty and definitely tasted like it had way more calories than it actually has! I used a paprika based taco seasoning, hence mine being quite red, but it's all I could find in my supermarket! I don't normally love cottage cheese, but because of all the other flavours going on I didn't notice it much; in fact it just added a nice flavour. Will definitely make this again!

anniesnomsblog June 01, 2016

Good recipe. I used brown rice and had to sub mushrooms for the olives cause they had gone bad. Otherwise it was the same but I think you could sneak in other veggies in this recipe without the kids noticing too much..That's a plus. I think next time I will do a little bit more rice. I did 1 cup dry brown rice and perhaps next time I'll do 1 1/2 cups. We'll see I just would have liked more rice for my taste.

BChandler August 25, 2013

Made this recipe as given & baked it in a 13"x9" baking dish! Delicious when it came out of the oven, & I'll admit that most of it didn't make it to our table, but that's because it was part of my one-time contribution to the meals that a group I know distributes to the homeless! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in this fall's round of Pick A Chef]

Sydney Mike October 25, 2011

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