Spicy and light chicken and rice soup. Best served with warm cornbread and a cold beer!
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; add 1 tablespoon oregano, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Reduce heat, add chicken, and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove chicken from broth and set aside to cool.
Strain the chicken broth and transfer 2 cups to a pan; bring to a boil. Add rice to the boiling water, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 17 minutes.
Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat; cook and stir onion in the hot oil until softened, about 10 minutes. Mix the chicken broth, green chile peppers, cumin, 1 tablespoons oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder into onion. Cover stockpot and simmer.
Shred cooled chicken; add to simmering onion mixture. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes.
Spoon 1/4 or the cooked rice into each serving bowl; sprinkle with 1 ounce Monterey Jack cheese. Ladle 1/4 of the soup into each bowl.