Here’s one seriously nutritious south-of-the-border skillet dinner that my family can’t get enough of! Most Mexican dinners contain generous portions of grains and dairy, so I’ve lightened this one up by taking out traditional rice and replacing cheese topping with fresh avocado and pico de gallo. It’s mildly spicy and very satisfying!
Lately my kids have been craving beans, which is an ingredient that I don’t cook with often. In this skillet dinner canned beans are combined with onion and tomato to create a hearty, flavorful base for marinated chicken breasts. The whole process is really quick and simply, doing a little sautéing on the stove and then popping the skillet into the oven while you prep the toppings.
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 lime, juiced
¼ teaspoon liquid stevia
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
1 teaspoon fresh jalapeño, seeded and minced
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, rinsed
1 (15 oz) can white beans, rinsed
½ cup pico de gallo
¼ cup fresh cilantro, minced
Combine the spice blend in a small bowl. Rub the spice blend over all of the chicken pieces. Place in a ziplock bag in the fridge to marinate for an hour, up to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the olive oil in a large, oven-safe, skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, cooking until soft, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes, garlic, salt, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the rinsed beans and bring to a simmer, about 4 minutes.
Arrange the marinated chicken breasts over the top of the bean mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. Top with sliced avocado, pico de gallo and fresh cilantro. Enjoy!