When you’re getting hungry and wondering what to make for dinner, try this 20 Minute Tex Mex Chicken Skillet! It’s a quick and easy dinner the whole family will love!
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I am becoming the queen of fast, easy dinners. Mostly because I am terrible at meal planning, so when my kids start telling me how starving they are at 5:oo every night, I panic and raid the pantry and fridge for anything I can cook up in a hurry.
Last week when this happened, I was happy to find salsa, corn, rice, and black beans in the pantry, and I had chicken in the fridge. I knew immediately what to make!
As the chicken was cooking I had the (amazing) idea to add cream cheese to the skillet. That is exactly what this dish needed to take it from yummy to “Mommy, can I have more?” and “This is the best food everrrr!”.
Next time I will add a little lime juice over the top for a little zest! This is a new family favorite!
Nutmeg Nanny says
I’m loving the look of this skillet! This baby is packed full of flavor!
Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) says
What a tasty looking skillet dinner! And so fast too!
Kim Beaulieu says
Oh my gosh Stephanie, this looks absolutely amazing. Good call on the cream cheese. I love when the kids ask for more and the recipe is a hit. It’s such a good feeling.
Melissa from Hungry Food Love says
20 minutes, one pot and cream cheese! yesssss
Rose | The Clean Dish says
Your scenario (minus kids) is my reality! I wait until I starve, then raid the fridge and quickly throw something together haha! A 20 minute dish sound just perfect — this tex mex chicken skillet is a dream!!
Jennifer @NourishedSimply says
I am always looking for quick meals. This is great!
Lora @savoringitaly says
Meal planning is a lot of work and takes some creativity…I think you found a super fun addition to your dinner ideas this week. Love all the flavors!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is horrible at meal planning (I hate to admit that)! This looks so good, and I’m going to pin it so I can keep it on hand for one of “those days!”
Kirsten / Comfortably Domestic says
Don’t you just love it when last minute inspiration turns out to be a fan favorite? I’m always on the lookout for ways to repurpose leftover chicken. The cream cheese and lime sound like perfect compliments. I’ll be making this one really soon.
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
I am all about the one pan, quick dinners! They are necessary, and this looks wonderful!
Cookin Canuck says
This is the kind of one-pot recipe I love to whip up on a busy night. I need to try this one!
Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
Anything with Southwestern flavors and ingredients (including cream cheese) is surly going to become one of my favorites. Glad your kiddos loved it. It looks delicious and very colorful!
Lauren Kelly Nutrition says
Whoa Stephanie, you made my perfect dinner! My whole family would love this!
Cynthia | What A Girl Eats says
You had me at 20 minutes! I love a quick weeknight meal!
What a great dinner idea! I need to make more skillet meals. What a perfect dinner that the kids will love, especially little ones!
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
I’m terrible at meal planning so I need to keep this one in my back pocket! Love the idea to add lime juice on top.
Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog says
Dinner in 20 minutes sounds like my kind of dinner!
I know the, “mommy what’s for dinner” calls and running in a frenzy when I’ve no idea what IS for dinner! This sounds like the perfect fast and kid approved meal!
The Food Hunter says
I love how quick this amazing dish comes together.
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
oooo Loving the idea of adding the cream cheese to it! What an easy, tasty dinner idea!!
Julie @ Willow Bird Baking says
Oh my gosh, yes! Cream cheese in all the things. This sounds delicious.
Erin @ Texanerin Baking says
Adding cream cheese was definitely the right way to go! This looks delicious. And so creamy!
This looks incredible! Putting it on the menu!
Faith (An Edible Mosaic) says
I can see why this was a hit with your family – I think it would be a new favorite here too! I love the flavors going on!
We made a similar version last night, and it made a great breakfast with eggs this morning.
Re: 20 minute Tex mex skillet
Would rotel work instead of salsa?
Stephanie Brubaker says
Definitely! Enjoy 🙂