Here’s one seriously nutritious south-of-the-border skillet dinner that families 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!
Leftovers from this recipe are simply wonderful as a packed meal the next day. Chop one of the leftover chicken breasts and enjoy 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?!
Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com
What you need
For the 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
½ cup pico de gallo
¼ cup fresh cilantro, minced
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
One serving equals: 322 calories, 14g fat, 829mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 3g sugar and 35g protein.