Mexican Black Bean Chicken

Black Bean Mexican Chicken

This recipe is pretty versatile so it can be used as a filling in quesadillas, tortillas, enchiladas, burritos but my favourite is either crunchy taco shells or in crisp gem lettuce leaves.

Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a starter.
1 tbsp oil (I like to use rapeseed oil for cooking with)
400 g chicken breast cubed
1 tin of black beans
2 medium red onions
1 red pepper
4 garlic cloves
1 green chilli
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic salt
¼ tsp red chilli flakes
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt
1 low salt chicken stock cube
Fresh coriander


Large frying pan
Mortar and pestle


1.Finely chop red onions, peppers, garlic and chilli.

2.Heat oil in saucepan and add chopped onions, peppers and garlic cook on a high heat to brown them off and create a smoky flavour around 7-10 mins 

3.Meanwhile I roasted cumin and coriander seeds in a dry pan and grind them into powder using a mortar and pestle. You could use pre ground spices and it will taste fine, but it was Sunday and Mr S was looking after Bubba meaning I could put a little bit of extra love into cooking. Also feel the freshly roasted spices add to the smoky flavour of the dish

4.Add the cubed chicken, chilli and all ground dry spices – coat chicken and cook for 5 mins.

5.Add in whole tin of black beans including water and chicken stock cube – top up with 30ml of boiled water

6.Reduce and cook chicken for further 15 mins

7.Once sauce has thickened and chicken is cooked top with freshly chopped coriander to garnish

8.Serve in your choice of Mexican holder, topped with guacamole, cheese and salsa - Ill put up my guacamole recipe soon but I know everyone has there own way of making this.

Below I served the chicken as a starter using lettuce cups which is great as it leaves plenty of space in your tummy for mains still.

A few pictures from our Black Bean Chicken Tacos at the weekend in centre parcs, great for a sharing family meal as everyone can make there own tacos at the table however they like to eat them.