Mexican chicken and rice

Mexican Chicken with Lime & Coriander Rice Recipe

30 Minutes
Serves: 2

Chicken goujons cooked in a delicious Mexican tomato chipotle sauce, flavoured with cinnamon, paprika, chipotle paste, fresh thyme and coriander. This Mexican chicken dish is served with lime and coriander rice.

Recipe Ingreds


  • 100 grams basmati rice
  • 1 whole lime
  • 4 sprig fresh coriander
  • 200 ml water (boiling)


  • 1 tsp chipotle paste
  • 1 whole red onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 whole tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 5 grams brown sugar
  • 2 sprig fresh thyme
  • 6 sprig fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 fillet chicken breasts
  • 0.5 whole lime
  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • place the rice in the pan
  • add the boiling water to the pan
  • cook till soft

Step 2

  • cut the chicken into strips (goujons)
  • heat a frying pan
  • add a spot of the oil
  • cook the chicken till golden brown
  • remove the chicken from the frying pan
  • set a side

Step 3

  • peel and slice the red onions
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook till lightly browned
  • peel and crush the garlic
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 4

  • wash and chop the tomatoes
  • add the tomatoes to the frying pan
  • cook for 2 to 3 minutes
  • till onions and tomatoes are lightly charred

Step 5

  • add the contents of the frying pan into the food processor
  • add the cinnamon, paprika, sugar and chipotle paste
  • wash and remove the thyme leaves from their stalks
  • add the thyme
  • blend the ingredients in a food processor

Step 6

  • return the chicken to the frying pan
  • add the contents of the food processor to a frying pan
  • squeeze the lime(s)
  • add to the frying pan
  • season with salt and pepper

Step 7

  • wash and finely chop the fresh coriander
  • add the coriander to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two
  • cover with a lid
  • cook for 5 minutes
  • check the chicken is cooked by piercing the chicken and checking the juices run clear

Step 8

  • rinse and drain the rice
  • squeeze the lime(s)
  • zest the lime(s)
  • wash and finely chop the fresh coriander
  • add the lime and coriander to the rice and place on a low light to keep warm

Step 9

  • place one serving of rice onto a plate

Step 10

  • remove the chicken from the pan
  • add to the plate

Recipe Utensils

  • 2 chopping board
  • 1 food processor
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 1 grater
  • 2 large knife
  • 2 lemon squeezer
  • 1 medium pan
  • 1 sieve

How to make Mexican chicken with rice

Make the chicken in chipotle sauce

Slice the chicken into goujons and seal the goujons in a frying pan cook till golden brown remove the chicken and set aside. Add the sliced red onion and cook till soft add the crushed garlic cook for a minute or two, then add the chopped tomatoes, cook for five minutes. Add the contents of the frying pan to a food processor with the thyme leaves cinnamon, paprika sugar and chipotle paste and blend. Return the chicken to the frying pan with the blended sauce and the lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Add the coriander and cook for 10 minutes

Make the Coriander and lime rice

Cook the rice in boiling water till soft, rinse and drain the rice return to the pan and add the lime juice and zest and chopped coriander

When to cook Mexican chilli chicken and rice

This dish is great all year round, The dish is quick to prepare so perfect for a midweek meal, and is great dish if you are eating healthily

Who will love this recipe?

This chicken pan fry is perfect for the whole family or for just two, you can vary the heat of the dish by adding more or less chipotle paste depending on how hot you want the dish to be

What does this recipe taste like – flavour profile

This dish has a lovely spicy flavour with freshness add by the fresh herbs and sweetness added with the cinnamon and tomatoes.

for a Mexican dinner party main course

You can cook this recipe for a Mexican dinner party, you can serve with rice in the winter and with lime and coriander courgettes in the summer.  Serve with a sopapilla cheese cake  for dessert.

What to do with leftover chicken chipotle and rice

If you have any leftovers mix the rice and chicken together and pack into a burrito

What to eat with Spicy Mexican chicken?

We serve this dish with coriander and lime rice but for other side dishes and dinner ideas serve this with

  • Courgette chips flavoured with lime
  • Mashed potato cakes flavoured with parsley

What makes our Mexican chicken the best?

Chicken and rice are the perfect combination what makes this dish special is the deliciously flavoured tomato and chipotle sauce which takes this dish to another level. 

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