South-of-the-Border Chicken & Rice Bake

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Cooling Time: 5 min
Yields: 9 servings, 1 cup each


This South-of-the-Border Chicken & Rice Bake will spice up your family's chicken and rice dinner with southwest-style vegetables and flavors and it's easy to make!


  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 cup mild or medium salsa
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bag (14 to 16 oz.) Southwest-style vegetable blend: broccoli, corn, black beans and red peppers, thawed
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups total)
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked instant white rice
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

COMBINE evaporated milk and condensed soup in baking dish with wire whisk until smooth. Add salsa and pepper; mix well. Add vegetables, chicken and rice. Cover dish tightly with foil.

BAKE for 35 minutes. Uncover; top with cheese. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

TIP: Vary the taste of this bake by using a different flavor or heat level of salsa.


by K. Kelly , Milwaukee on Oct. 2011

This recipe is awesome, however I don't use the frozen vegetables. I use a can of black beans a can of mexicorn, and a can of green chili peppers. My family loves it, there's never any leftovers.

Everyone liked it!

by T. Tiffany , CA on Jan. 2010

I like this recipe because you really don't even have to measure. Also because you can add other things that you want to use up from the vegetable drawer etc. I would say it could be a 5 star recipe depending on how you dress it up!

South of the border chicken & rice bake

by L. Lisa , on Oct. 2009

My family really liked this one! Although I did not cut up the chicken I placed the breasts on top of the rice mixture. It bake very well, flavor was great & I will make this again.

South of the Border Chicken & Rice Bake

by B. Brandy , Palmyra, MO on Feb. 2009

Kids were just ok with this one