Chicken and Rice Fajitas in Foil – Incredibly delicious and easy to prepare fajitas with chicken, peppers, onions and rice all cooked in foil packets. Easy, quick and SO GOOD!
Hi YA! Happy Superbowl Sundaaaaay! I’m now leaning towards the Falcons… where are you at? I’m also leaning towards eating cake for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the rest of forever, but hey. we’re all dreamers… 😉 Kidding! I’m sure they’re all great!
I’m just looking forward to the Patriots’ eye candy of a quarterback – that is what’s going to make me watch. AND it’s his 7th Superbowl?!? DAYYYY-um! Good on him.
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Last year we celebrated this day with Tomato Pesto Salmon and Rice Recipe Baked in Foil, and today, something similar, but quite different, we’re going to kick it off with this delicious recipe for Chicken and Rice Fajitas in Foil.
CHICKEN AND RICE FAJITAS IN FOIL
If you’ve come to my corner of the internet webs on a few occasions, then you definitely know my obsession with food cooked in foil. I love it *thiiiiis* much! It’s healthy, it’s dang delicious, AND, cleanup is a breeze. Which, in all honesty, is probably the best part. And the fact that it’s healthy.
- This nice fajitas in foil dinner calls for a few minutes of slicing which is my equivalent of kitchen therapy. No one is allowed to bother me during my time of focus while singing, “Don’t wanna know know know know…”
- I’m also going to have you make that Homemade Fajitas Seasoning Mix – it only takes a minute. If you don’t want to use that one, any taco seasoning packet will do.
- What I am mostly proud of here is the rice. Yep, the rice. It cooks together with the chicken. To me, this is magic. You just combine the rice with water + seasonings, and then transfer it to the foil. Chicken goes on top of the rice, followed up by the peppers and onions. 38-ish minutes later, this is what you’re going to end up with:
NOT BAD, eh?! This is a great dinner, friends. Get on it, stat!
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TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS USED IN THIS RECIPE
WATCH HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN RICE FAJITAS IN FOIL
Chicken and Rice Fajitas in Foil
- 4 large sheets of foil
- cooking spray
- Homemade Fajitas Seasoning Mix
- 1 cup white minute rice
- 1 cup warm water
- 4 boneless , skinless chicken breasts
- salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
- 1 red bell pepper , sliced
- 1 green bell pepper , sliced
- 1 orange bell pepper , sliced
- 1 onion , sliced
- 1 tablespoons STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
- lime juice
- sliced avocados
- sour cream
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Spray foil sheets with cooking spray and set aside.
- Prepare the Fajitas Seasoning Mix.
- Combine rice, water, and 1 tablespoons fajitas seasoning mix in a bowl; stir until well incorporated.
- Using a slotted spoon, divide the rice mixture evenly over each foil.
- Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and rub with some of the fajitas seasoning mix.
- Place chicken over rice.
- Arrange peppers and onions on the sides of each chicken breast.
- Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over all the ingredients.
- Combine shredded cheeses and divide the cheese mixture evenly over each chicken breast.
- Fold the sides of the foil over the chicken, covering completely; seal the packets closed.
- Transfer the foil packets to a large baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 to 33 minutes, or until chicken's internal temperature reaches 165F.
- Remove from oven and carefully open up the foils; put the packets under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove from broiler.
- Squeeze lime juice over food.
- Garnish and serve.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.
42 comments on “Chicken and Rice Fajitas in Foil”
We loved it. We used it in Flour Tortillas. I love things hot so I added homemade hot sauce and wasabi that I had left over from sushi night. Thank you for posting this recipe. I will see what I can “change up” to make something totally different.
This was just delicious 🥰
Great recipe! My husband found this recipe online and we’ve made it several times now – delicious every time! We make it with both boneless breasts and thighs and the only thing I add is a chopped jalapeno as we love spicy food. Have also made it with thick cut bone in pork chops (seared them first in pan) and that was good as well. Thanks!!!
Does it matter how long you soak the rice in the water?
Hi! That would be about 3 to 4 minutes.
How would you do this as a freezer meal? Cook first or wrap up and freeze?
I’d prepare it all first, but not cook it. Also, wrap it in parchment paper if you’re going to freeze it, and I only say that because lately there’s been a lot of talk about keeping things in foil for too long and the negative effect that might have on our health. Not sure about it all, and there are no official studies, but just to stay on the safe side, I advise not to. 😀 You can cook the packets the same way even in parchment paper.
Any ideas on how long this should cook in the coals of a campfire? This recipe is linked up in several camping roundups, and I’m excited to take it camping tomorrow.
So if using a slotted spoon with the rice, you are just basically getting the rice wet and discarding the water?
Tried this tonight and both of us loved it. I did change the Fajita Seasoning Mix a bit by using half Paprika and half Smoked Paprika which I love. A Keeper!!
YAY!! SO happy to know that you enjoyed it. 🙂 Thank you!!