Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken)

Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken) is the ultimate one pot meal! Cheesy rice loaded with cilantro, pico de gallo, green chiles, and cream topped with taco spiced chicken. This one pan recipe is so cheesy, easy, and amazing. I used to always order Pollo con Queso at Mexican Restaurants and now I can easily make it at home. Chicken and Cheese…is there anything better?

Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken) is the ultimate one pot meal! Cheesy rice loaded with cilantro, pico de gallo, green chiles, and cream topped with taco spiced chicken. This one pan recipe is so cheesy, easy, and amazing. I used to always order Pollo con Queso at Mexican Restaurants and now I can easily make it at home. Chicken and Cheese...is there anything better?

ONE PAN Chicken con Queso! An amazing and easy Mexican comfort food recipe anyone can make.

Every family needs a trusted, GO-TO one pot meal. I’ve tried so many, and they’re one of my favorite things. Nothing better than a home cooked, comfort food style meal made in a skillet, with only one pan to clean at the end of the day. It just warms my heart and my stomach! This Skillet Chicken Con Queso is one of my favorites I have ever made, and Pat agreed!

Its always a good day when Pat is as happy with a recipe as I am. (He is PICKY!) This Skillet Chicken Con Queso is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Who can resist cheesy rice, taco spiced chicken, cilantro, and so much more, all cooked in your favorite skillet. SIGN ME UP!

If you’re looking for more traditional queso, we have you covered there as well! Be sure to try our Loaded Velveeta Queso Dip (Cowboy Dip), Crock Pot Queso Fundido, Beer Cheese Dip (Only 3 Ingredients!), Dairy Free Queso, and of course our FAVORITE Homemade White Queso Recipe! <— This is the Queso we actually used for this recipe as well. I’ve linked to it in the recipe card so that you’ll be good to go. Whew…I love cheese!

Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken) is the ultimate one pot meal! Cheesy rice loaded with cilantro, pico de gallo, green chiles, and cream topped with taco spiced chicken. This one pan recipe is so cheesy, easy, and amazing. I used to always order Pollo con Queso at Mexican Restaurants and now I can easily make it at home. Chicken and Cheese...is there anything better? Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken) is the ultimate one pot meal! Cheesy rice loaded with cilantro, pico de gallo, green chiles, and cream topped with taco spiced chicken. This one pan recipe is so cheesy, easy, and amazing. I used to always order Pollo con Queso at Mexican Restaurants and now I can easily make it at home. Chicken and Cheese...is there anything better?

Tex Mex Recipes like this Chicken con Queso make cooking for your family easy and delicious.

So often I’ll have readers write and say my Mexican inspired recipes are their favorites on the site, and I agree. It’s all thanks to Old El Paso and how easy they make cooking at home! They were a brand I loved long before I started finding my way around the kitchen, and I’m honored to be working with them today.

I used their Taco Seasoning (OBSESSED) and their chopped green chiles (CANNOT GET ENOUGH) for this new recipe and they were the perfect flavor boosts to take it from good to great. I cannot wait for you guys to try this Chicken Con Queso!

Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken) is the ultimate one pot meal! Cheesy rice loaded with cilantro, pico de gallo, green chiles, and cream topped with taco spiced chicken. This one pan recipe is so cheesy, easy, and amazing. I used to always order Pollo con Queso at Mexican Restaurants and now I can easily make it at home. Chicken and Cheese...is there anything better?

Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken) is the ultimate one pot meal! Cheesy rice loaded with cilantro, pico de gallo, green chiles, and cream topped with taco spiced chicken. This one pan recipe is so cheesy, easy, and amazing. I used to always order Pollo con Queso at Mexican Restaurants and now I can easily make it at home. Chicken and Cheese...is there anything better?

This One Pan Skillet Pollo Con Queso makes me feel like I’m eating at my favorite Mexican restaurant while in the comfort of my own home.

I realize it’s Thanksgiving week, but we can’t eat TURKEY all day every day! Change things up a bit with this easy one pot meal, and only have one pan to clean. It also makes for awesome leftovers, I’m actually eating some as we speak! Jealous?? Make this tonight!

If you’re in the mood for Mexican but this Chicken con Queso isn’t quite right, I’d love to recommend our Baked Chicken Tacos, Enchilada Stuffed Peppers, or Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos. Something for everyone.

Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken) is the ultimate one pot meal! Cheesy rice loaded with cilantro, pico de gallo, green chiles, and cream topped with taco spiced chicken. This one pan recipe is so cheesy, easy, and amazing. I used to always order Pollo con Queso at Mexican Restaurants and now I can easily make it at home. Chicken and Cheese...is there anything better?

Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken) is the ultimate one pot meal! Cheesy rice loaded with cilantro, pico de gallo, green chiles, and cream topped with taco spiced chicken. This one pan recipe is so cheesy, easy, and amazing. I used to always order Pollo con Queso at Mexican Restaurants and now I can easily make it at home. Chicken and Cheese...is there anything better?

I hope you take one look at this easy cheesy Chicken and Rice and head straight to the grocery store for the ingredients. You won’t regret it! This is one of our favorite Easy Mexican Meals. You can make it without the Chicken for an amazing side dish as well! Let me know how you like it.

See the recipe card below for full details on How to Make Chicken con Queso. Enjoy!

5 from 8 votes
SKILLET CHICKEN CON QUESO is the ultimate one pot meal! Cheesy rice loaded with cilantro, pico de gallo, green chiles, and cream topped with taco spiced chicken. Comfort food has never been easier or cheesier!
Chicken Con Queso
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken) is the ultimate one pot meal! Cheesy rice loaded with cilantro, pico de gallo, green chiles, and cream topped with taco spiced chicken. This one pan recipe is so cheesy, easy, and amazing. I used to always order Pollo con Queso at Mexican Restaurants and now I can easily make it at home. Chicken and Cheese...is there anything better?
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 5
Calories: 558 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 chicken breasts boneless/skinless and cut into cubes
  • 1 ounce Taco Seasoning Click for Homemade Recipe!
  • 1 ½ tablespoons water
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 cups instant white rice
  • 1 cup Queso Blanco (White Queso) homemade or store bought, melted
  • 1 cup salsa thin restaurant style salsa
  • 1/4 fresh cilantro chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 can Green Chiles 4.5 ounce can, drained
  • ½ cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese shredded
Instructions
  1. Heat the chicken cubes and olive oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with the taco seasoning, turning to make sure both sides are coated. Add in the 1 ½ tablespoons water to assist with coating all the chicken.
  3. Turn the chicken as you cook, about 6-8 minutes until the chicken is just cooked through.
  4. Place chicken on a plate and cover in foil to retain heat. Set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, add the heavy cream and white rice. Stir to combine. Add in the melted queso and salsa. Stir to fully combine. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked and fluffy.
  6. Stir in cilantro, green chiles, and pico de gallo into the rice mixture.
  7. Add the chicken back to skillet and nestle into the rice.
  8. Cover with the 1 cup cheese.
  9. Place skillet under the broiler for approximately 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted on top. Garnish with more cilantro if desired.
  10. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Con Queso
Amount Per Serving
Calories 558 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 2216mg 92%
Potassium 603mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 10g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 30.7%
Vitamin C 16.3%
Calcium 39.5%
Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Karr
Your recipes are yummy, your pics are great, wait for it- BUT, I get so frustrated trying to save your recipes. I want save/share them via Pinintrest. (sp?) When I click on a "P," I don't want to see 127 subjects/boards to follow. All I ant to see for example is the Skillet Chicken Con Queso recipe, and then select "save." I don't care about 127 other boards I can elect to follow. Can you streamline the recipe save process? You have no idea how frustrating the current process is.
    Becky Hardin
    Hey Karr and Deeanne- I'm so sorry you're having trouble on the site. I'm not sure what you mean with the pin it button. I dont have any option to recommend boards to follow, so that must be something pinterest is doing. If you click that "P" at the top or bottom of the post it will give you different options of what picture from this post to pin, but that's all those pictures are. The pin it button on each actual picture that hovers will just pin that one picture, if that's easier. Another way to save the recipe is within the recipe card itself. You can click "print" and choose to either print or save as pdf if that's easier. There should only be the one popup for signing up for the email subscription, and that pops up every 21 days. Again, so sorry to hear you're having trouble with the site. I try really hard to make it as user friendly as I can while still keeping it free. I REALLY appreciate your comments and anytime you want to write in please feel free! Hope you have a fabulous thanksgiving :)
Deeanne
I totally agree with Karr! Very frustrating to keep getting tangled in all the popups also!
USAF
Just found you the other night. Deployed overseas righ now. I wanted to make my wife's cheese rice broccoli casserole but all I have is a crockpot so I looked at your site and found the recipe and it kicked butt everybody loved it. Right away I signed up for your email stuff and got https://www.thecookierookie.com/skillet-chicken-con-queso/another great recipe from you. and I clipped it into my OrganizEat app I'm not too hard to do. But yeah if I use has many many other sites we can just click and load download I'm gonna send you the link and I hope you can join up with them just make it that much easier for us overseas. The app is called OrganizEat I am sure they would love to have you as a link in an auto download thanks for everything happy Thanksgiving
    Becky Hardin
    Wow that is awesome!!! Thanks so much for your service and I'm so honored to hear from you. Happy Thanksgiving from way over here!
Julie Blanner
Gosh this looks good! Happy Monday to me!
Holly
Can this be pre made and re heated??
    Becky Hardin
    It heats up well for leftovers, but is probably best right after cooking due to the rice. Hope you enjoy it!
Ann W.
This looks delicious, I cannot wait to make it! Any chance it can be made with brown rice? Would there be any adjustments with liquid amount or cooking time? Thanks!
    Becky Hardin
    If you use an instant brown rice the instructions would be just the same. Hope you enjoy!
Stacy Fiore
This looks amazing. Can't wait to try it out!
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Sarah McGrath
Made this for dinner last week and it was delicious! :)
Elaine McFarland
I am going to try this recipe but my only comment is that there is no amount for the chicken other than three chicken breasts. Chicken breasts come in many different sizes. A weight would be nice or the amount of cubed chicken (2 cups--3 cups). I have purchased a single chicken breast from Costco that is easily 2-3 pounds, as an example. Everything else in the recipe is well-defined.
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