This quick and easy chicken and black beans dish is a hearty meal for any day of the week.

Spicy Chicken and Black Beans in bowl

Here is my “old faithful” quick and easy recipe that I make when I’ve flat run out of time or ideas for dinner.

It’s one of those meals that I make with pantry ingredients; a can of black beans, frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts, and whatever cheese and toppings I have on hand.

About this Recipe

In this recipe I used a delicious Mexican cheese by Cacique.

It’s Panela cheese which crumbles up nicely and adds a nice texture to the dish as well as a pretty white contrast to the black beans.

Cacique Panela cheese has a taste that resembles mozzarella.

Cacique Hispanic cheeses are generally located in the deli or refrigerated section of the grocery store.

When I order tortilla soup at one of my favorite Mexican Restaurants, they add this type of crumbled cheese on the top and it’s so good.

Spicy Chicken and Black Beans in bowl

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Let’s check out the ingredients.

Spicy Chicken Ingredients

Chicken – boneless skinless chicken breast, olive oil, ground cumin, granulated garlic, pepper, dried red pepper flakes and salt

Black Beans – canned black beans, jalapeno, onion powder and ground cumin

Toppings – crumbled Cacique cheese, tomato, red onion, lime, and chopped green onion

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

For the Chicken:

Add Olive Oil in Skillet

Heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil.

Olive Oil in Skillet

To the pan,

Cook Chicken in Skillet

…add bite size pieces of chicken,

Cook Chicken in Skillet

…pepper,

Add onion powder on Chicken in Skillet

…onion powder, (onion powder makes the food smell so good when it’s cooking…smells like comfort food)

Cook chicken with spices in pan

…granulated garlic,

Cook chicken with spices in pan

…dried red pepper flakes,

Cook chicken with spices in pan

…cumin,

Add Salt on Chicken in pan

…and salt.

Cook Chicken in Pan

Stir the spices in with the pieces of chicken.

Cook Chicken in Pan

Continue to stir the chicken as it cooks.

Cook Chicken in Pan

It should start to brown fairly quickly.

Let cook until the chicken is completely cooked through (about 8 to 10 minutes).

For the Black Beans:

Make the beans while the chicken is cooking.

Stir Black Beans in Pot

To a small saucepan, add black beans…

Jalapeno and Black Beans in pot

…chopped jalapeno,

Black Beans in Pot

…onion powder,

Black Beans in Pot

…and cumin.

Black Beans in Pot

Stir as the beans warm (about 7 minutes).

For Serving and the Toppings:

Black Beans in Bowl

To serving plates or shallow bowls, add the warm beans and…

Cheese on Black Beans in bowl

…top with half of the crumbled cheese (reserve the rest of the cheese for another layer of topping).

Chicken on Black Beans in bowl

Top with cooked chicken.

Add Lime Juice on Black Beans in bowl

Squeeze lime juice over the chicken (1/2 of a lime per serving).

Chicken on Black Beans in bowl

The lime juice tastes really good with this dish.

Chicken, Cheese and Black Beans in bowl

Top with the remaining crumbled cheese.

Spicy Chicken and Black Beans in bowl

Then add chopped tomatoes…

Spicy Chicken and Black Beans in bowl

…chopped red onions,

Spicy Chicken and Black Beans in bowl

…and as an option; something green such as chopped jalapeno or the green tops of a green onion (chopped).

Spicy Chicken and Black Beans in bowl

Then enjoy each and every…

Spicy Chicken and Black Beans in bowl

…delicious bite.

Spicy Chicken and Black Beans in bowl

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Spicy Chicken Black Beans

Spicy Chicken and Black Bean Bowl

This quick and easy chicken and black bean bowl is a hearty meal for any day of the week.
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Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Black Beans:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 1/4 cup diced jalapeno peppers seeds removed
  • 3 dashes onion powder
  • 2 dashes ground cumin

For the Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup crumbled Cacique Panela cheese (Mexican cheese)
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onions
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion (just the green tops); or chopped jalepeno optional for garnish

Instructions

For the Chicken:

  • Heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. 
  • To the pan, add the chicken, pepper, onion powder, granulated garlic, red pepper flakes, cumin, and salt. Stir the spices in with the pieces of chicken. 
  • Continue to stir the chicken as it cooks.  It should start to brown fairly quickly. 
  • Let cook until the chicken is completely cooked through (about 8 to 10 minutes).

For the Black Beans (make while the chicken is cooking):

  • To a small saucepan, add black beans, chopped jalapeno, onion powder, and cumin. Stir as the beans warm (about 7 minutes).

For Serving and the Toppings:

  • To serving plates or shallow bowls, add the warm beans and top with half of the crumbled cheese (reserve the rest of the cheese for another layer of topping).
  • Top with cooked chicken.  Squeeze lime juice over the chicken (1/2 of a lime per serving).
  • Top with the remaining crumbled cheese.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes and chopped red onions. 
  • For garnish, as an option; something green such as chopped jalapeno or the green tops of a green onion (chopped).