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Lime Spicy Chicken and Black Beans

Lime Spicy Chicken and Black Bean Bowl

A quick and easy meal that tastes delicious.
5 from 1 vote


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 medium-size 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.