Cooking with Kids – Easy Chicken and Rice Soft Tacos Recipe

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cooking with Redhead Mom
October 6, 2017

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Network Niche Influencer Agency and Uncle Ben‘s.
The Chicken and Rice Soft Tacos Recipe is mine.

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In our house, we have 6 kids and sometimes finding a meal that everyone likes can be a challenge. When I do prepare a meal that everyone likes (and wants again), it is definitely a win! I love to cook and especially love it when our kids want to help in the kitchen. Recently, my son and I worked together to create a Chicken and Rice Soft Tacos Recipe and EVERYONE in our home loved it! In fact, the kids wanted to know when I was going to make it again. Not only is it a great thing to prepare a meal that everyone likes and that our kids want to help make, but it is also a plus to have enough time to prepare a healthy and delicious meal!

Families today are increasingly strapped for time, leaving us as parents to settle for a quick fix when it comes to meals. However, research shows that children who cook and eat with their families tend to consume healthier foods, have healthier eating habits as adults, and have higher academic achievement. Inspiring families to spend more time together in the kitchen, the UNCLE BEN’S® BEN’S BEGINNERS™ Cooking Contest – now in its sixth year – has teamed up with Tiffani Thiessen, mom, actress, cook and lifestyle expert.

The BEN’S BEGINNERS™ program was designed to help kids learn the essential life skill of cooking as well as they learn how to read and write. Since launching in 2012, the UNCLE BEN’S BEN’S BEGINNERS™ program has motivated thousands of families to cook together and has donated $715,000 to children and schools across the country to create healthier local communities.

“We’re passionate about getting families to cook together and the BEN’S BEGINNERS™ program is a platform dedicated to do just that,” said Manish Amin, Senior Brand Manager, UNCLE BEN’S®. “One of the core imperatives at the heart of the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand is to inspire shared meals. It’s part of our culture and something we take great pride in rolling out to consumers each year.”

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Through October 9, 2017, parents with kids in Kindergarten through eighth grade can submit a photo of their family preparing a rice-based dish together using #BensBeginners. Participants in the BEN’S BEGINNERS™ Cooking Contest will enter for the chance to win one of five Grand Prize packages, which includes $15,000 cash, a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for their child’s school and a hometown celebration. Submissions will be accepted on until 11:59p.m. ET on October 9, 2017. The BEN’S BEGINNERS™ Cooking Contest offers an exciting way for parents and kids to make lifelong memories in the kitchen as they cook for the chance to better their community and school with a single dish.

As the host of the Cooking Channel’s “Dinner at Tiffani’s”, and upcoming Netflix series Alexa & Katie, actress Tiffani Thiessen is bringing her passion for cooking with her family to life. To complement this work, Tiffani is building awareness of the importance of healthy eating and culinary education by challenging families across the United Statesto join The BEN’S BEGINNERS ™ Movement.

“Spending time with my kids in the kitchen is so much more than following recipes to put food on the table,” said Tiffani Thiessen. “I love teaching my kids the fundamentals – like how to measure and prepare meals. In our home, cooking together is about inspiring creativity, learning healthy habits and building lasting memories as a family.”

The BEN’S BEGINNERS™ program and its Digital Hub provide interactive step-by-step instructions and family-friendly recipes to bring families together in a fun, unique way. Families will learn to cook and prepare dishes together through online lessons that combine interactive skill learning – like stirring, chopping, pouring and measuring – with related recipes like Tangy Buffalo Chicken Rice BowlSunshine Egg and Rice Quesadilla and Veggie Pizza with Crispy Rice Crust. Along the way, users will be encouraged to take a family photo of their creations and share on social media using #BensBeginners.

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  • 3 lbs Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (thawed if previously frozen)
  • Mild Original Salsa (or any flavor you’d like – enough to cover the chicken in the crockpot)
  • Flour Tortillas (soft taco size)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Ready Rice (Roasted Chicken with Carrots and Herb flavor)


1 – Spread a layer of Mild Original Salsa in the bottom of the crockpot.

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2 – Cut chicken breasts in half and place in crockpot.

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3 – Cover with Mild Original Salsa.

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4 – Add another layer of chicken breasts and cover with salsa.

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5 – Cover with lid and cook for 5 1/2 hours on HIGH Heat.

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6 – Shred chicken with 2 forks and mix in crockpot with salsa.

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7 – Drain chicken in strainer, removing excess liquid.

8 – Tear an opening in the UNCLE BEN’S® Ready Rice and heat in microwave for 90 seconds. Carefully remove from the microwave and pour into a bowl for easy serving.

9 – Heat flour tortillas in microwave on a paper plate. separated by paper towels. Heat for 10-15 seconds or until warm.

10 – Fill tortillas with shredded chicken, UNCLE BEN’S® Ready Rice, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, and salsa.

This is definitely an easy and delicious meal to prepare, as well as one that our entire family enjoys! We’ll definitely be making the Easy Chicken and Rice Soft Tacos again soon!

Who in your family would enjoy this recipe? What would you add?


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

70 Responses to “Cooking with Kids – Easy Chicken and Rice Soft Tacos Recipe”

  1. This is such a yummy recipe. Definitely making it for the teen boy next week he will love it.

  2. robin rue says:

    We have Taco Tuesday every week in our house. I am going to have to make these for dinner next Tuesday.

  3. Cynthia R says:

    Mexican is one of our favorites, I love how it’s a microwave and a crockpot, easy!

  4. Joely Smith says:

    YUM!! I love it when I am online looking for recipe inspiration and I come across a recipe that I have all the ingredients for already! Making this tonight!

  5. Kay says:

    This recipe looks so delicious, and you explain the steps so well! Awesome post!

  6. Mandee says:

    You know, I have never put rice in my tacos before. My husband was just asking me to make something with rice in it. I am totally throwing together some chicken and rice tacos later this week! Thanks for the idea!

  7. That looks really good! I love trying new recipes to switch things up a bit during the week and this would be perfect!

  8. tara pittman says:

    My husband and teen would enjoy this. This looks so easy to make

  9. That looks SO GOOD! I know what we’re having next Taco Tuesday. I can’t wait to bust out the crock pot and whip some of this up. Om nom nom.

  10. ricci says:

    This looks like a great recipe to try with kids. Who doesn’t love Mexican food?? YUM!!

  11. Michelle Cantu says:

    I know what we’re having for dinner this weekend. These tacos look delicious, and like a total crowd pleaser meal.

  12. This is a simple fun recipe! We can never go wrong with tacos here at home yummy!

  13. These Tacos look really yummy! I love that the recipe is so easy to follow and I am sure the kids would love this.

  14. I have never owned a crockpot but this recipe is tempting me to consider asking Santa for one for Xmas sounds like something I could throw in on my way out and then come to home to an easy cooked meal and eliminate the temptation to pick up some un-healthy fast food on the way home after a long day at work!

  15. It’s so nice to have the kids involved in the kitchen. It teaches them some much needed life skills! This is a really good recipe to start with.

  16. Perfect for taco night! I love easy recipes like this that’s packed with flavors as well. I’m sure my kids will love them too! Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Monica says:

    My kids LOVE Tacos and your recipe looks super yummy. I totally have to get my crock pot out and step up our Taco Tuesday.

  18. Claudia Krusch says:

    I love to get kids busy in the kitchen. This looks like a great recipe to make with the kids. I will have to try it this weekend.

  19. Kathy says:

    Those look really good. I may need to try them out for dinner soon. I also love Uncle Ben’s rice. I use it all the time.

  20. Shell says:

    I think even my picky eaters would like this recipe! It is hard to find things that all of my kids will like.

  21. We are going to have to try this recipe. Chicken is our go-to meat of choice and I am always looking for new crockpot meals. I bet this would be good with a bit of cream cheese and black beans too.

  22. Don’t you just love a meal that comes together effortlessly and that everyone loves? I sure do and I think this one does just that!

  23. Meg says:

    I think teaching kids about the beauty of a crockpot at an early age will make cooking easier and less intimidating at an older age. Nice job 🙂

  24. Maureen says:

    This is truly an easy way to cook with kids, thanks for sharing. Going to try to get my son to make this up with me 🙂

  25. Sohaiba Irfan says:

    yum and so easy! I;ll try it with my nephews!!

  26. Tacos are a great go-to for almost any night of the week. Kids love them so you know they will actually eat instead of complaining.

  27. Mal says:

    What a great program, idea…recipe… all of it!! I love getting my year and a half son helping with cooking. I’m hoping it sticks with him through life!

  28. It is so important to teach kids how to cook. My son would totally love to learn to make these. He loves tacos.

  29. Pam says:

    We love Uncle Ben’s rice. These tacos look really tasty and so easy to make too.

  30. I love easy recipes, so thank you for this one! I have never put rice in my tacos, but honestly don’t know why I never tried it, looks so good!

  31. Cyn Gagen says:

    I never would have thought to add rice to the tacos like that. It sounds really good! I’m going to have to give it a try.

  32. Theresa says:

    These chicken tacos sound like something that my kids would eat (they are super picky!) That Ben’s Beginner contest sounds awesome. Who wouldn’t want a huge cash prize or a lunchroom makeover. Our cafeteria is in dire need of an update so we’ll be sure to enter!

  33. My husband and I sure love tacos and I’d love to prepare this one of these days. I really like the flavor! We don’t have kids but I do like the idea of asking kids to help cook with their parents.

  34. This looks so delicious! I think it is so important to incorporate kids in cooking meals. I think it really does help them consume healthier meals. We will have to enter that contest! Some great prizes!

  35. Kita Bryant says:

    Uncle Ben’s is one of our favorite brands of rice. These sound delicious for dinner!

  36. Tonya says:

    Oh my gosh! I think Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice is THE best invention! I love how easy it is to use. I make sure that my pantry is always stocked with a few bags.

  37. adriana says:

    I think it’s so important to get kids involved young – cooking included! These look so good and so fun for you to make with your kids too. I definitely have to try making these – and share with my SIL to make with her kids, she’d love this!

  38. Rosey says:

    I love that you shred the chicken. That makes for a much nicer texture than chunks when it comes to tacos. Uncle Bens is a beauty for helping with family meals. We use it often!

  39. Crystal says:

    Getting my kids in the kitchen has been a goal of mine the past few years. They would love eating these tacos and making them too!

  40. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Looks like a great dinner! I am saving this recipe. Chicken and rice is a winner and to have it in tacos will be even more delicious!

  41. Dogvills says:

    Wow. This sure is an easy to prepare meal, and delicious too. I have not tried that brand of rice yet. Adding it to my grocery list so we can enjoy this meal this weekend!

  42. LaShawn says:

    This sounds perfect for Taco Tuesday! I’m always looking for easy recipes that we can do during the week. Saving this for later.

  43. This recipe is perfect for kids (and their moms!) I love how easy it is and it looks delicious!

  44. This looks like an awesome time saver! I seriously need to break out my crock pot and put this recipe into action!

  45. Hannah Vu says:

    Love this post. This recipe is awesome. It love trying to cook new food, and I definitely follow this tacos recipe tomorrow!

  46. Ron Leyba says:

    Looks very tasty. Must try recipe!

  47. Kiwi says:

    Tacos can be everything for me! This looks so easy to make thanks for this!

  48. Nicole says:

    I just went back to work so I need these crockpot meals! This looks good. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Berlin says:

    Love tachos as well, soft or hard. But now, I prefer the soft one because the one with a hard shell is often messy to eat. Ihihi. Will do this recipe this weekend.

  50. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I love how Uncle Bens is now making ways to include kids int he kitchen. I think it is important to start teaching them to cook what they can within reason.

  51. Heather says:

    My daughters love to help in the kitchen and would have so much fun making this dinner!

  52. Wow this looks amazing. I am so making this for a weekday dinner recipe. Love that its an easy crockpot recipe that can be made without much fuss. Thanks for sharing.

    Thrifting Diva

  53. Natasha says:

    Love this…the kids would enjoy it and we love uncle bens anyway. The 10 minute rice.

  54. Blair villanueva says:

    Am glad that the preparation looks easy and the ingredients are also easy to source. Saving this recipe for the weekend!

  55. sarah says:

    I need to try this. it looks so easy to make. Another recipe to serve my kids.

  56. Charlotte says:

    I love cooking with kids! It’s so important to get them involved and make them feel like they can contribute to their own food and health.

  57. This looks so easy to make and good recipe for everyone. I enjoyed those pictures too.

  58. using a crockpot and making chicken tacos – girl, I like you already! We love tacos, and we love chicken, but I have never used a ready-rice for this type of meal. Will give it a try. thanks

  59. Brittany says:

    Everyone in my family would enjoy this! I love cooking with my kids and they love being in the kitchen. I’m pinning this so we can try it next week!

  60. I need to start cooking with my kids cause they are such picky eaters and I think getting involved well help that alot!!

  61. Oyinkan says:

    I love tacos! I would probably make it w/o the rice… less carb lol

  62. katrina gehman says:

    this looks so good. my kids love cooking with me and who doesn’t love tacos

  63. Ritika says:

    Totally sold at “Tacos”, but yum – adding Uncle Ben’s must make it so much more filling! I have a feeling that this will be made in my kitchen sometime soon!

  64. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This chicken rice soft tacos recipe is something I will have to try for sure. The Ben’s Beginner’s Program sounds amazing for kids and their families. I will have to share this information with my niece for her kids who love cooking. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the information.

  65. Wow this is perfect while watching our favorite series. Glad it looks easy to prepare since I don’t cook that much lols. Thanks for sharing!

  66. Kathy Pease says:

    I have never heard of rice on tacos but it does sound delicious with chicken and I will be trying this..I would also try it with rice and shrimp or crab meat 🙂

  67. Mary Gardner says:

    I have not tried rice on tacos but I think the flavor you used would be great. We eat chicken fairly often so I am excited to try this recipe. Thanks!

  68. Anne Smith says:

    Check it out……a book that promises you can make your whole day’s worth of meals in 18 minutes, plus it has all the nutrition your kids are supposed to have! Saw that you can get a coupon for it when it comes out in November

  69. shelly peterson says:

    What a yummy recipe. The kids like to help in the kitchen, these would be great to make.

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