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Fiesta Skillet Dinner

Prep time 1 hr 20 min
Cook time 25 min
Total time 1 hr 45 min

Prep time 1 hr 20 min
Cook time 25 min
Total time 1 hr 45 min


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.

You may enjoy serving this dinner with some Coconut Sour Cream Topping​! 

Leftovers from this recipe are simply wonderful as a packed meal the next day. I chopped one of the leftover chicken breasts and enjoyed it with a handful of fresh arugula and a spoonful of the bean mixture. When healthy eating tastes THIS good it’s hard to stop. And why would you want to?!

Serves 8
For the Mexican Spice Blend

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

For the Skillet

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

1 avocado

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!

Quick Tip

​If you’re still in the mood for Healthy Mexican Food then try this incredible, light and guilt-free recipe for ENCHILADAS​!​


Calories: 322
Fat: 14g
Carbohydrates: 14g
Sodium: 829mg
Fiber: 6g
Protein: 35g
Sugar: 3g

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