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Easy One Pot Chicken & Rice Meal


This Dutch Oven Mexican Chicken is full of bold flavors baked into a one pot meal of chicken and rice. It’s one of our yummy Dutch oven camping recipes you’ll want to try on your camp dinner menu!

Dutch Oven Mexican Chicken Recipe by CampingForFoodies

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Recipe Prep

When you are preparing meals that require quite a few spices, it’s easiest to measure and mix those ingredients at home. For this recipe you can combine the chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, coriander, salt and pepper in a small food storage container and transport to the campsite for an easy “dump and cook” process.

You’ll also need to chop a bit of onion, garlic and cilantro, if desired.


Cooking Methods & Equipment

If you are making this as one of our easy campfire recipes, you’ll need to get your fire going so you’ll produce nice coals from hardwood for about 50 minutes of cooking time. Charcoal briquettes are fine too.


Recipe Steps

Step 1. Prepare your ingredients, heat source and equipment as directed.

For baking at an oven temperature of 350 F degrees, you will need 25 total coals = 17 on top of the lid / 8 beneath the bottom of the oven if you are using a 12-inch Dutch oven.

If you are using a different oven size, check our Dutch oven temperature chart to see how many coals you’ll need.

Step 2. Season the chicken. Mix the chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, coriander, salt and pepper then sprinkle on both sides of the chicken breasts.

Step 3. Sear the chicken. Use medium-high heat below the oven, heat oil then place the chicken in the bottom of the pot to sear on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pot.

Step 4. Soften onion and garlic. Add more oil, stir in onions and let soften. Add garlic and stir.

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Step 5. Add rice and liquids. Add the uncooked rice, salsa and chicken broth to the pot. Cover to bring to boil.

Step 6. Add chicken back and bake. Return the chicken to the pot, cover and bake at 350 F degrees leave 8 coals below oven and move 17 coals to the top of the lid. Bake until the chicken is cooked through.

Step 7. Garnish and serve. Serve hot and top with cilantro, if desired.

Dutch Oven Baked Mexican Chicken And Rice Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with Mexican chicken next to a pile of red rice and black refried beans all topped with bright green cilantro in an outdoor desert setting.
Dutch Oven Baked Mexican Chicken And Rice Recipe by CampingForFoodies

What To Serve With This Recipe

This Sweet Onion Salsa Recipe is amazing!!! It’s one of the best camping snacks to serve with a Mexican main course.

Fresh avocados are tossed in a bit of lime juice, then combined with tomato, jalapeno pepper, garlic, onion and cilantro to make this Fresh Guacamole Appetizer that is served with tortilla chips. If you have any leftover, add a scoop on the side with your chicken.

If you want a heavy appetizer, try these Dutch Oven Nachos … they are loaded … and … meatless! This is one of my favorite vegetarian camping recipes!

Try this Mexican Three Bean Salad. You’ll already have the rice to serve on the side with this chicken recipe. But, if you want an additional option one of our salads that uses all shelf-stable ingredients. It is one of our camping food ideas no refrigeration required.

Looking for other camping side dishes? We’ve got lots of ideas for you!


Leftovers

When I’m making camping meals for two, I don’t reduce the number of servings, I plan to use the leftovers to avoid cooking another meal!

You can cube or shred chicken to quickly prepare easy camping lunches like this Chicken Parmesan Wrap.

Here are more ideas for no cook camping meals.

You can also use leftover chicken in one pot camping meals that call for cooked chicken like this One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Camping Pasta.


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Dutch Oven Mexican Chicken Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron Dutch oven filled with a freshly baked meal of browned chicken breasts and rice in a Mexican sauce topped with green cilantro.

Dutch Oven Mexican Chicken

Kim Hanna

Camping For Foodies Dinner Camping Recipes: This Dutch Oven Mexican Chicken is full of bold flavors baked into a one pot meal of chicken and rice.

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 50 mins

Total Time 55 mins

Course Dinner Camping Recipes

Cuisine Mexican

Servings 4

Calories 507 kcal

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts about 3-4 half breasts
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder*
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin*
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano*
  • 1 teaspoon coriander*
  • Salt and pepper to taste*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup white rice uncooked
  • 1 (14 oz) can chicken broth
  • 1 (15 oz) jar prepared salsa
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped, optional for serving
  • Ingredients marked with * can be measured and mixed at home.

  • Prepare coals for baking at 350 F degrees (25 coals total = 17 top/8 bottom) if using a standard-depth 12-inch Dutch oven. NOTE: Depending on your cooking conditions, you may need two batches of coals to complete the cooking of this recipe.

  • Season chicken on all sides, sprinkle with the mixed spices: chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, coriander, salt and pepper.

  • Place Dutch oven over medium-high heat (using all coals below the oven) to sear the chicken. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pot and let it get hot, then place the chicken in the bottom of the pot.

  • Let the chicken form a crispy texture with a golden-brown color, about 5 minutes. Then, flip the chicken to brown the second side, about 5 more minutes.

  • Remove browned chicken to a plate and set aside.

  • Continue with a medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and the onions to the pot.

  • When the onions are softened, stir in the garlic.

  • As soon as the garlic is fragrant, stir in the uncooked rice, salsa and chicken broth. Cover and bring the mixture up to a boil then return the chicken to the pot.

  • Cover with tight-fitting lid and place coals under the oven (8 below) and on top of the lid (17 on top) to bake at 350 F degrees until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 40-50 minutes. Rotate the oven and lid in opposite directions every 15 minutes for even baking.

  • Serve chicken over rice and top with cilantro, if desired.

Serving: 1gCalories: 507kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 52gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 279mgPotassium: 967mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 268IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg


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