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Lime Spicy Chicken and Black Beans

Lime Spicy Chicken and Black Bean Bowl

Super simple to make.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Chicken and Beans, Chicken Bowl, Spicy Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2


For the Spicy Chicken:

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Beans and Toppings:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 2 corn tortillas cut into small strips
  • 1/4 cup canola oil for frying the corn tortilla strips; amount of oil may vary depending on the size of the skillet.
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 lime cut into quarters
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream

For Garnish:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives or green onions (green tops only)
  • 1 lime cut into quarters


For the Spicy Chicken:

  • To a medium size bowl, add chicken cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, granulated garlic, paprika, chili powder and pepper. 
  • Mix together until the chicken is coated with the spices. 
  • To a large skillet, add olive oil.  Add the chicken to the pan and stir.
  • Let cook while stirring occasionally until the chicken is lightly browned and cooked completely through (7 to 10 minutes).

For the Black Beans and Toppings:

  • For the Black Beans - The black beans can either be warmed in a small sauce pan on the stove top, or warmed up in the microwave.  
  • For the Crispy Tortilla Strips - Heat a small skillet on medium heat and add canola oil.  
  • To the pan, add one tortilla strip.  When it starts to sizzle, add the remaining tortilla strips to the pan.
  • Keep a close eye on the tortillas because they will cook fast.  Cook until they turn a golden color (about 2 minutes).
  • Transfer the tortilla strips onto a paper towel lined-plate to absorb any excess oil.  Set aside.

For Serving:

  • Using a slotted spoon, add warm black beans to 2 shallow serving bowls.  Use a slotted spoon to limit the amount of liquid from the black beans that goes into the serving bowls. 
  • Lay pieces of the warm chicken over the black beans and top with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped tomato and lime juice.

For Garnish:

  • Garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream, crispy tortilla strips, chives or chopped green onion (green tops only), and 2 lime quarters.