Mexican chicken with black beans

    1 hour 30 min

    Seasoned black beans, salsa and red pepper partnered with chicken make a robust and spicy meal. You can make this as spicy as you like depending on the salsa you use.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets
    • 2 (270g) jars salsa, such as Discovery
    • 1 large red pepper, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons chilli powder
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 2 (400g) tins black beans, rinsed and drained

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6.
    2. Arrange the chicken in a 3 litre casserole or a 23x33cm (9x13 in) baking dish. Combine the salsa, red pepper, cumin, lemon juice, chilli powder and garlic. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Pour the black beans on top and cover. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve with rice or tortillas if desired.


    Black turtle beans, or simply 'black beans' for short, are especially common in Latin American cuisine. High in fibre and packed with nutrients, they're a healthy addition to any dish. If you can't find tinned black beans, use dried. This recipe would also work with tinned pinto beans.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. Very tasty! A great way to get a high fibre meal into a very picky family! I cut back the cumin to 1 tbsp. and at the very end of baking I topped it with some mozza cheese. Will for sure be making again.  -  18 Jul 2008


    Something else. This recipe is awesome. I did add some onions to the mixture and topped it with cheese the last five minutes of baking. To stop the beans from drying out I did like one other reviewer suggested, mixed the beans into the salsa mixture. Served with brown rice. Also had it on a warm tortilla. Will definetly make again.  -  18 Jul 2008


    This was lovely - my husband gave it a 5. I used 1 tin kidney beans and 1 tin pinto (local supermarkets did not have black beans) and this was fine - particularly recommend the kidney beans. Next time I will add a red onion as well as pepper. I may try with tinned tomatoes instead of salsa (I find bought salsa a bit sugary) with fajita spice mix (e.g discovery. Will become a regular in our house though  -  11 Dec 2011