Simple, healthy and flavor packed chicken, rice, bell pepper, onion and black beans all cooked in foil packets. These foil packets make an incredibly delicious dinner or meal prep with no clean up required! 
Southwestern Chicken & Rice Foil Packets
Out of all the meals and recipes I’ve worked on since I started this blog, this is one I’m particularly proud of. It’s one of the most effortless dishes you can make and one of the most flavorful too.

Everything is cooked in foil packets for quick and easy clean-up. I use quick brown rice and soak it in water and taco seasoning for a few minutes then divide it into foil and top with chicken, salsa, cheese along with fajita veggies and beans. The foil is then folded and baked for 30-35 (depending on the size of your chicken breasts)  minutes and like magic, a mouth-watering chicken and rice dinner is ready to be served.This recipe makes 3 servings but can be easily doubled for meal-prep. I use a homemade blend of taco seasoning but the taco packets work great too!
Southwestern Chicken & Rice Foil Packets

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Southwestern Chicken & Rice Foil Packets

By: Layla
Prep10 minutes
Cook30 minutes
Total40 minutes
Servings 3


  • 3 4 oz chicken breasts, boneless skinless
  • 1 cup quick brown rice, or white
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning, 1 packet, see note below
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lime cut into wedges, optional


  • Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with 3 sheets of foil (about 6-8 inches) and set aside.

  • Combine the brown rice, water and 2 tablespoons taco seasoning in a medium bowl and soak for 5 minutes. DIvide rice (and it's water) into 3 sheets of foil.

  • Pound chicken with a meat tenderizer or a rolling-pin until they are even. Seasoning each chicken breast generously with the reaming taco seasoning. Place the chicken on the rice. Top each chicken with a few tablespoons of salsa and a sprinkle of cheese. Add the veggies and beans on the sides of the chicken. Drizzle each packet with olive oil and fold the sides of the foil over the chicken, covering completely; seal the packets closed.

  • Bake for 30-35 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. Squeeze fresh lime juice on each packet, garnish with cilantro and sour-cream if desired and serve.



To make your own taco seasoning for this recipe: combine 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black .
For the Rice* I use instant "5 minute" rice (brown or white) for this recipe and have not tried it with regular rice. Some readers have had success with half-cooked rice.
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  1. Made it tonight and it was pretty good! I added corn to mine. The next time I will put a little less water. Season my chicken with more than the taco seasoning. Also put the cheese when it’s time to broil(it stuck to the foil)
    Other than that,great recipe,thanks!

  2. How many calories on or about would this meal fall into not including the rice?
    It is delicious!

  3. where is the pin button for each one …I don’t want to pin your whole site

  4. can this be made in the instant pot? I was thinking to put the foil packets onto a trivet and some water in the base. Essentially it would steam the packets. Have you tried this? Thanks

    1. I haven’t tested this recipe in the instant pot so I don’t know for sure! You can either trying cooking them in the foil with a little water or just add all the ingredients to the instant pot and add about 1/2 cup of water.

  5. My husband said it has been his dish of lockdown. Will definitely be making it again and again. He gave it 9.5/10. I really enjoyed it too.

  6. How do I know what the calories are for this meal?

  7. can parchment paper be used in place of the foil?

  8. How do you figure out CALORIE count for this and other recipes on this site?

    1. We use an independent nutritional calculator. Feel free to re-calculate elsewhere if you’d like 🙂

      1. We always do ours on the grill. The only difference is I cut up the pieces. We grill for about 30 minutes, flipping once.
        We have made this at least 5 times and it may be the only meal my entire family eats and loves! I add canned corn and often sub shrimp for my portion. Delicious!!!!

  9. DELICIOUS. I have made this several times. It isnt pretty! But aleays good.

      1. Hi Layla,

        The last ingredient in the taco seasoning reads “1/2 teaspoon black”. I am guessing that’s black pepper? Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  10. Is this keto friendly? can i use caulifloerr ricr? Can this be cooked on frill?