Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lime Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

I love a meal with the spicy, exciting, flavorful tastes of Mexican and Spanish cuisine.  This recipe combines traditional Mexican flavors of lime, cilantro, black beans, tomatoes, and green chilies in a heart-healthy way.  Serve with some Spanish rice, or as a meal by itself.

Ingredients (serves 4):
Lime Chicken:
Juice of 1 Lime (Roughly 2 Tbsp. Lime Juice)
1 1/2 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
3 tsp. Dried Cilantro (or 3 Tbsp. Fresh)
Black Pepper and Sea Salt, to taste

1 lb. Chicken Breasts, Thawed

Black Bean Sauce:
1 Can (15.5 oz) Black Beans (Organic)
1 Small Can Green Chilies
1 Can (15.5 oz) Diced Tomatoes (Organic)
1 tsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. Onion Powder
2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
3 tsp. Dried Cilantro (or 3 Tbsp. Fresh)
1/4 Cup Light Mexican-blend Shredded Cheese

1.  In a small bowl, stir together olive oil, lime juice, cilantro
2.  Place chicken breasts in 9x9 baking dish (sprayed with cooking spray).  Pour lime marinade over the top and let sit for about an hour or two (could let sit overnight in refrigerator if you'd like).
3.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Put chicken in oven for 30 minutes.

4.  Meanwhile, over medium heat in a large saucepan, stir together the black beans, green chilies, tomatoes, and minced garlic.  Stir to combine flavors for 15 minutes.
5.  Reduce heat to low.  Add in the cilantro and shredded cheese to the black bean mixture.  Stir occasionally for 10 minutes.
6. Either using a masher, or a blender (immersion or regular), lightly puree the black bean mixture.  Don't over-mix, just a short minute to slightly puree the mixture (but you still want some big chunks of beans, etc).
7.  Remove chicken from oven.  Place chicken breast on plate and top with heaping spoonful of black bean sauce.  Serve immediately with a fresh lime quarter to squeeze over chicken.


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