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Ready in less than 15 minutes, this easy dump-and-go lunch or dinner is the perfect meal for busy back-to-school season! Just heat up a handful of pantry staples and you will have a piping hot bowl of Short-Cut Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup ready in no time! Thanks to Minute® Ready to Serve Rice for sponsoring this post and for giving us so many tasty solutions!

Mexican chicken and rice soup in a white bowl topped with scallions

This time of year can be so hectic for families like ours! Everyone is adjusting to new schedules and trying to establish new routines to get out the door on time. Coming up with easy, fast, family-friendly meals is the last thing that we want to worry about.

That’s why today’s recipe is so great! I am constantly trying to figure out new and delicious ways to get nutritious food prepared quickly so that at the end of a busy day we can focus on family, schoolwork, and other after-school activities. Trust me: this Mexican-inspired soup is the answer to your weeknight prayers!

Shortcut Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup in w white bowl topped with cheese and scallions

As you probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of using shortcuts in my cooking. I’ll take help wherever I can get it! Thanks to this Minute® Ready to Serve Rice, as well as a few pantry staples, this soup can be thrown together in about 5 minutes!

The Easy Way To Make Rice

The Minute® Ready to Serve Rice is a staple in our kitchen for quite a few reasons. First of all, it provides easy and portable portion control since it’s conveniently packaged in two individual single-serve cups.

On those evenings that Keith is working late and I need to feed the boys before he gets home, I appreciate that I can heat up one container of rice when the kids want to eat and a separate container when Keith gets home. That way nobody has to endure cold, sticky, leftover rice!

A package of Minute Shortcut Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup

Dinners are easy with the Minute® Ready to Serve Rice because I can mix in a few of our family’s favorite ingredients (or any leftovers that I might have on hand) and create a complete meal.

For instance, these 4-Ingredient, 4-Minute Chicken Taco Rice Bowls are a perfect example. I just add some salsa, chicken, and cheese to the rice and dinner is served!

For this particular soup, I used the Minute® Ready to Serve Rice White Rice, which is a long-grain, natural white rice that the whole family loves. Fortunately, it comes in many different varieties, including Whole Grain Brown Rice, Jasmine Rice, and Multi-Grain Medley, so you can select the option that best suits your needs.

Shortcut Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup in a white bowl topped with cheese

With the rice, chicken, and veggies, this is a chicken and rice soup that has everything you need in one dish, so it’s ideal for packing in school lunches (don’t forget the toppings!),

Topping For Your Mexican Chicken And Rice Soup

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips
  • Scallions
  • Sour cream
  • salsa

Mexican chicken and rice soup in a lunch box container with rice and chips

or for those last-minute weeknight dinners when you need something on the table FAST and you haven’t been to the grocery store. Hey, if you’re in a dorm room, you can even heat the entire soup in a microwave – no stovetop required!

An overhead shot of Shortcut Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup in a white bowl

Top Tip For Leftovers

The soup also happens to be very freezer-friendly, so feel free to put all of the ingredients together in a large zip-top plastic bag and stash it away for a later date. Just thaw, heat, and serve when you’re ready to eat!

Whether you serve this easy option as a portable lunch, as a last-minute dinner, or as a reheated afternoon snack…you just can’t go wrong! It’s one of those great meals that we please everyone in your house and leave you with a little bit of extra time on your hands. So go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief…that’s one responsibility checked off of your “To-Do” list!

Looking for other quick and easy ways to enjoy your rice? Try these favorites:

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Short-Cut Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 865 kcal
A delicious easy and comforting Mexican chicken and rice soup perfect for chilly nights.


  • 2 containers Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice heated in microwave according to package instructions
  • 1 15 oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 15.25 oz. can sweet corn, drained
  • 1 12.5 oz. can white chicken breast, drained (can substitute with 1-2 cups of leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, chopped)
  • 1 10.75 oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 10 oz. taco sauce
  • 1 14 oz. can chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Optional: cheddar cheese green onions, sour cream, tortilla chips for garnish


  • Mix all ingredients together in a large pot.
  • Heat until warm, stirring occasionally.
  • Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with desired toppings.


Calories: 865kcalCarbohydrates: 111gProtein: 41gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 1505mgPotassium: 1448mgFiber: 16gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 790IUVitamin C: 24.9mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 16.1mg
Keyword: chicken and rice soup, Mexican soup
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: The Seasoned Mom

Recipe adapted from High Heels & Grills


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.


Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. I love this shortcut soup, Blair! I pretty much eat soup every week, even when it’s 95 degrees out! I’m loving this Mexican flavor! Pinned and can’t wait to try out!

  2. Yay!! I love this make-it-fast soup!! Every night I’m looking for shortcuts to get dinner made faster, so this is awesome, plus it looks absolutely delicious! 🙂 Pinned!

  3. Yum, this looks delicious!! Mexican chicken soup is one of my favorite and I love the idea of adding the Minute Rice!