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Healthy, Cheesy Chicken Taco Skillet in Under 45 Minutes – Gluten Free

  • By: Clare Lander
  • Date: July 17, 2015
Healthy Chicken, Cheesy Taco Skillet
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What i love about his recipe is that its almost all cooked in one pot. The chicken, the vegetables and beans all cooked together to bring out a delicious yet subtle layering of flavors. The rice is cooked separately.

You can use Turkey if you prefer but i find chicken just as good and more accessible.  Chicken is also one of my favorite dishes as its so versatile and relatively inexpensive where i come from. Chicken also possess great immune boosting properties for those winter months and is of course full of protein to build muscle, skin and hair.

There is not too much cheese but just enough to give it that cheesy flavor and add a bit of gooey to it. Taco’s just wouldn’t be tacos without some cheese.  With a cooking time of about 45 minutes this is a good dish to prepare if you are in a hurry, as its pretty straightforward  and easy and did I mention healthy as its gluten free.  it also contains one of my most loved herbs – garlic, which is great for cardiovascular health. Take a look at the Healthy, Cheesy Chicken Taco Skillet in Under 45 Minutes recipe below.

Healthy, Cheesy Chicken Taco Skillet in Under 45 Minutes – Gluten Free

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6

Healthy, Cheesy Chicken Taco Skillet in Under 45 Minutes – Gluten Free


  • 3 cups chicken stock - optional
  • 1 cup brown rice - (white rice if you don't have brown)
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2½ teaspoons seasalt
  • 3½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 3½ teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, finely minced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1½ cups cheese blend
  • Cilantro and Greek yogurt for garnish
  • Tortilla chips for dipping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. For the brown rice, bring 2½ cups of chicken stock to a boil in a medium pot. Add a pinch of seasalt
  3. When the water is boiling, add in your brown rice, stir, and bring back to a boil
  4. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 45 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, brown your ground chicken with a little olive oil in a large, high sided skillet
  6. Meanwhile, chop your peppers, shallot, garlic, and jalapeno
  7. When your chicken is almost done, stir in 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon onion powder, and ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  8. When it has cooked through remove it to a plate - taste and add any extra salt that it needs, if any
  9. Add a little more olive oil to the same skillet and add all your veggies
  10. Cook until the peppers have softened, and then stir in 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon each of chili powder, cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder
  11. Remove the veggies to the same plate as the chicken
  12. Drain the black beans and add them to the same skillet
  13. Simmer the beans until most of the liquid has evaporated and then add the veggies and chicken back in
  14. Add the frozen corn
  15. Stir everything together and remove from the heat until the rice is done
  16. Drain the rice to remove excess moisture and add it back into the pot it was cooking in
  17. Stir in 2 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, and ½ teaspoon salt
  18. Stir together and taste - add any extra salt you think it needs, if any
  19. Add the seasoned rice, cheese (set aside a little for sprinkling on top), and remaining ½ cup chicken stock to the skillet with the veggie and meat mixture
  20. Stir everything together until fully combined. Taste and add any seasoning you think it needs
  21. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the mixture and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
  22. Top with Greek yogurt (or sour cream) and chopped cilantro
  23. You can eat this straight up with a fork, or use it as a kind of "dip" for tortilla chips. It is wonderful both ways!!

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