Chaney Household Favorite Recipes

9 Aug

I get on a recipe kick sometimes and find something I really like and make it often.  I came up with the following recipe when a craving for chicken and black beans hit me, and I have played around with the recipe a bit and, I think, perfected it.  The great thing is, you can double this recipe and make a large dinner or have plenty for left overs.  The recipe below is about 3-4 servings for us, depending on how hungry we are.  Warning-this will fill you up fast!!

Easy Chicken Skillet Dinner

Chicken Breast (marinated if you have the time)

1 Can of Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained (I like to use Organic beans, because they have alot less sodium, usually about a quarter, than the conventional ones.)

2-3 Cloves Garlic, I prefer to roast it first but raw will work too

Onion, chopped

Bell Peppers, chopped

1 Packet Taco Seasoning

Chicken Broth or Stock

Shredded Cheese

Preface:  If you planned ahead, marinated chicken is so much better in this recipe!  I like to use something simple like olive oil, spices, and some lemon or orange juice for a twist.  Marinate chicken for at least 1 hour, up to over night.  Weber has some great spice mixtures that we use alot, like Kickin’ Chicken, and Garlic and Herb; you really can’t go wrong with these flavor combos!

Slice peppers and onions, and place in a skillet with a bit of butter or olive oil.  Let those start to carmelize and get a bit tender, and then remove from the skillet and set aside.  You want to get the flavor from these, but not over cook them, so you will add these back in once the chicken is cooked.  Slice uncooked chicken into thin strips, then into small pieces. Place in large skillet, season, and cook through. (We have a homemade blackened seasoning that I use on nearly all meat, but I always season with freshly ground sea salt and black pepper, and a bit of Season All.) As chicken is cooking, use a utensil to chop or shred the chicken even further. (I have a great wooden utensil that has a thin end to it, that is perfect for this.) Once the chicken is cooked through, add the beans, garlic, peppers, onions, taco seasonings, and 1 Cup (or so) of Chicken broth or stock. If you don’t have that, water wil do well also. Stir all to mix the seasoning well, and let simmer until fully incorporated.  I garnish with cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, just whatever is handy!

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