Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Southwest Chicken Black Bean Dish

For some reason we always have extra rice in the fridge at my house.  Apparently my hubby and I are not good at estimating how much we will need for a specific meal.  Because of this, I've come up with quite a few rice dishes to use up left overs.  So here is another tasty, easy, budget friendly rice dish for you all to try.

Southwest Chicken Black Bean Dish
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Anaheim chile, chopped (This is optional.  I had them on hand so decided to add it to the recipe.)
  • 1 large onion. chopped
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can chicken breast (I use the Kirkland brand from Costco.)
  • 3 cups rice, cooked
  • 3 Tbsp. Mesquite seasoning
  1. Spray the pan with olive oil spray, add peppers and onions, and saute over medium heat.
  2. When the veggies are starting to soften, add corn and black beans.
  3. Break up the chicken breast chunks in the can, and add to the pan.
  4. Add rice and stir to combine all ingredients.
  5. Add the mesquite seasoning and a half can of water.  Stir well and allow to cook for ~10 min. or until everything is heated through.



Wash the beans well using a colander and cold water.  This would also be a great recipe to use the homemade crock pot beans. :)


I use a fork to help break up the chicken breast chunks.




 As always, season to taste.  If you prefer more or less seasoning, go for it.



This dish is really tasty on its own, with some taco chips, or as a burrito with cheese.  You could also easily leave out the chicken for a vegetarian meal.  I want to say a special thanks to my wonderful husband for helping me with my cooking, since I'm on restricted activity at this point in my pregnancy.  He's definitely a keeper. :)

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