Recipe: Summertime Fiesta Bowl, Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice

This dish is easy, super satisfying and tastes like a summertime fiesta in your kitchen. Oh, did I mention it’s ridiculously easy?

This serves 2-3 people with big appetites, and there’s about 3/4lb chicken left that will store great in the fridge to pair with regular rice, quinoa, sweet potato, beans or a salad for quick meals later in the week. Score!

Cilantro Lime Chicken


  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)

  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix (I used Casa Fiesta)

  • 1 16 oz jar salsa (use your favorite; I used Sprouts brand classic mild)

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • Juice from two fresh squeezed limes


  1. In your slow cooker, place the chicken breasts first, and top with taco seasoning.

  2. Top with salsa, lime juice and cilantro.

  3. Put lid on top and cook for about 4 hours on high, or 6-7 hours on low.

  4. Move chicken to a bowl, and shred with two forks. Pour a small amount of juice from the slow cooker on the chicken to add moisture, based on preference.

  5. Set aside to put on top of Fiesta Lime Rice (below), or enjoy by itself or on top of a salad - yum!

Nutrition: Per 4oz - 8g carb, 2g fat, 24.4g protein (149 calories) and high in Iron.

Fiesta Lime Rice


  • 1 package Uncle Ben’s Jasmine Ready Rice (90 second microwave kind, SO easy! You also can use dry rice, you’ll need about 1-½ cup cooked)

  • ½ cup canned black beans, rinsed and heated

  • ¾ cup cooked corn (I grilled mine, but you can also get the frozen steamable kind!)

  • 1 small-medium tomato (diced)

  • ½ cup chopped bell peppers

  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • Juice from one fresh squeezed lime

  • Salt to taste


Toss all ingredients in a bowl, stir, and serve warm.

*If you made the chicken, mix in with rice and enjoy! Any lean protein mixed in with this rice would be delicious. Other good toppings or mix-ins could be shredded cabbage, avocado, sour cream, onions, jalapeños and/or cheese.

Nutriton: Per 100g rice - 20g carb, .7g fat, 3.2g protein (98 calories), and high in vitamin C and Potassium. 

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