Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Black Beans & Rice with Chicken & Apple Salsa


Since starting my new job I don't have the luxury anymore to spend hours preparing new recipes every night for dinner.  Instead I've devoted Monday nights to trying new recipes - when I'm fresh off the weekend and a little more energetic.  I tried this one the other week and LOVED it.  I got the rotisserie chicken on Sunday and shredded all of the meat, so after work I just put together the beans and the apple salsa, and dinner was ready!  

Black Beans & Rice with Chicken & Apple Salsa
1 cup chopped peeled Granny Smith apple
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, divided
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion, divided
1 tsp (or more) fresh lime juice
1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp cumin
3 cups low-salt chicken broth
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups cooked brown or white rice
1 2-3 lb rotisserie chicken, skin discarded and meat shredded
4-6 lime wedges

Combine apple, 1/4 cup cilantro, 2 Tbsp onion, and 1 tsp lime juice in a small bowl; toss to coat.  Set apple salsa aside.

Combine remaining onion, bell pepper, and oil in a large skillet.  Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until completely softened, 6-7 minutes.  Add garlic, chili powder, and cumin; stir constantly for 2 minutes.  Stir in broth and beans; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium; simmer briskly, mashing some of the beans with the back of a spoon and stirring often, until sauce is thickened, 8-10 minutes.  Season with salt, pepper, and more lime juice, if desired.

Divide rice and beans among plates.  Top with some chicken and apple salsa.  Garnish with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and lime wedges.

source:  recipe from Bon App√©tit, January 2012

11 comments:

  1. Great idea to do it on Monday evenings! I love that you bought a rotisserie chicken...I'm all for the simple!

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  2. Sherri this looks delicious, super fresh and light for the summer. I'm definitely pinning this :-) Thanks for sharing this recipe girl!

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  3. Making me so hungry! All I've had today is a nutrigrain bar and cheeze its. Way to be unhealthy Amanda... Oh well.

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  4. The hubby made some rice and beans last night...I have to suggest this recipe!!

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  5. Oh my gosh this looks so good AND healthy!

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  6. This looks delish, light and oh so healthy too! Perfect for spring and summer! :)

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  7. This looks really good and healthy! Is the cilantro pretty strong?

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  8. Apple salsa sounds amazing! I love how you made the beans too - I bet it had great flavor. One thing I totally stink at cooking is rice - my brown rice always turns out soggy!

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  9. wow. this looks amazing. I'm coming over to your place on Monday nights! (if only I could!)

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  10. This does look awesome! It is perfect for the weather!

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  11. I've been needing some good new spring/summer salad recipes...I'll have to add this to the list :)

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