Fiesta Baked Chicken & Rice Paired with White Wine

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Fiesta Baked Chicken & Rice is a meal I created tonight completely without a written recipe in hand.  That in and of itself is unique for me.  Usually I follow a recipe by the proverbial book until I feel I know it enough by heart.  Rarely do I experiment.  This recipe is really so simple, even your children can help you make it.

Fiesta Baked Chicken & Rice


  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – ours were slightly frozen
  • Can of Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup – I use Campbells
  • 1 can of milk – yes use the soup can to measure!
  • 1.5 Cups of Minute Rice

Preheat oven to 350°.  Baked for 45 minutes with stirring halfway through.

First step:  Get a small to medium sized bowl and pour the soup into it.  Then measure the milk into the can and pour the milk into the bowl.  Using a fork, mix the soup and milk until well blended.  Should be creamy.  Then set aside.

Second step:  Using either a small roaster with cover or cake pan, spray lightly with cooking spray.  Take the chicken breasts and place into the pan.  Keep them separated from each other.

Third step:  Measure your rice and spread it into the remaining spaces in the pan, including between the chicken breasts.  Try not to have any rice on top of the chicken, it may not cook well enough.

Fourth step:  Pour the soup and milk mixture over everything.  Place cover on pan or cover with foil.  Place into oven.

After about 25-30 minutes, remove the pan from the oven.  Using a small spoon, stir the rice and soup.  Be sure to scrap the bottom a bit to loosen up the rice and prevent sticking.  We still have clean up you know.  We baked this for about 40-45 minutes total until the chicken was white into the middle of the breast.

OPTION: Adjusting for Summer – Use the Grill!

Is it too warm to light that oven? Give this a try! If you have a gas grill, put your roaster on it! Or maybe you have a dutch oven for use in a fire pit, use it. I would love to hear your feedback, just click on the email button at the bottom and send me what you did to make this delicious dish.

Dutch Oven cooking with Charcoal briquettes

Refresher for me from being a Boy Scout mom on campouts, each briquette is 25 degrees Fahrenheit. So with this recipe, you will want to use about 14 briquettes. Closely monitor the meal and briquettes for coolness. This is an art for sure, but so much fun with kids. Bring it back to basics and enjoy the outdoor family fun.

Pairing Baked Chicken with Premium White Wine

When it comes to pairing wines, you want something that will enhance the flavors of your meal. With chicken, you cannot go wrong with a white table wine or even a sauvignon blanc.

With the fiesta zing in the soup blending with the chicken, the fruity flavors of the white wine make it a perfect partner.  Another note with pairing wines, choosing to match the color of wine with the color of the meat will always be a win-win situation.  I could have chosen any of the white wines in my wine rack and the choice would still be okay.

While this recipe served my husband and I with enough for a lunch for me on Monday. And by keeping this recipe simple it is easily increased to suit your family’s needs.

For more recipe ideas your family will sure to love, check out the following pages I have done, just click and go:

Chicken Recipes Kids Love

Beef & Pork Recipes the Whole Family Loves

SPAM Recipes Your Family Will Love