3 Mexican classics made easy

Try chili-rubbed chicken on rice, roasted chicken and onion tacos, or a stylish Mexican soup

Chicken with Rice

Chicken thighs cook on a bed of chile- and mint-scented rice for a Mexican-style paella.

Leigh Beisch

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Chicken with Rice (Arroz con Pollo)

Roast Chicken and Onion Tacos

Mexican Chicken and Chayote Soup

Memories of his mother's cooking inspired Eligio Hernandez to re-create the cozy chicken dishes that he ate growing up in the state of Veracruz in Mexico in his new home in Campbell, California.

Staple seasonings of her kitchen - chiles, cumin, garlic, mint, oregano, cilantro, and onion - generously infuse his homestyle dishes with a warm spiciness and herbal aroma.

But Hernandez has streamlined these Mexican classics. Arroz con pollo is lightened up by removing the skin from chili-rubbed chicken thighs, which cook on a bed of mint-scented rice for a dish reminiscent of paella.

Assemble-your-own roast chicken tacos become quicker and easier - but keep their savory flavor - when you butterfly the chicken before roasting it over onions.

And skinned chicken breasts steep in a spiced broth for a light, stylish Mexican chicken soup. Perfect for casual entertaining or a family meal, these dishes are updated renditions of traditional favorites.

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