I keep black beans on hand, and when I'm exhausted and don't feel like cooking for my family, I pull out this recipe. So easy to remember, make it once, and it's in your head forever!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring rice and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and the water has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow rice to stand covered for about 10 minutes.

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  • Mix salsa with black beans in a microwave-safe bowl, and cook in microwave oven on high until hot, about 2 minutes; stir once or twice during heating.

  • Divide cooked rice into individual serving bowls.

  • Top the rice with black bean mixture, chicken strips, and Cheddar cheese; garnish with fresh cilantro and dollops of sour cream.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

429.2 calories; 27.3 g protein; 56.5 g carbohydrates; 57.7 mg cholesterol; 639.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2012
Very good cheap & easy! I play softball on the weeknights so I need something I can whip up fast after work...this works! I boil my chicken in my yummy spices & then shred it. Instead of cooking the salsa/beans in the microwave I bring them to a boil in a pot & then throw in the chicken & let it all simmer together - more flavor gets into the chicken & blends better I think. Like another reviewer I did add more salsa (almost double) but thats just my taste preference...also I throw in a little cayenne for an extra kick! Very good & very easy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2012
Very good cheap & easy! I play softball on the weeknights so I need something I can whip up fast after work...this works! I boil my chicken in my yummy spices & then shred it. Instead of cooking the salsa/beans in the microwave I bring them to a boil in a pot & then throw in the chicken & let it all simmer together - more flavor gets into the chicken & blends better I think. Like another reviewer I did add more salsa (almost double) but thats just my taste preference...also I throw in a little cayenne for an extra kick! Very good & very easy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2014
This was so good. My husband loved it and he is a VERY picky eater. But I altered the recipe. Here's what I did. First I put the rice in my rice cooker. Added a table spoon of butter salt water until it covers the top of the rice closed the lid then turned it on (when the rice cooker clicks that means it's done cooking. It's so much nicer than cooking rice on the stove. You just turn it on then leave it alone.) I then cut 3 chicken breasts into chunks put 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet and put the chicken in it once it's hot. While the chicken was cooking I seasoned it with salt pepper garlic powder onion powder cumin parsley and cayenne pepper. Then I stirred in a can of pinto beans (I didn't have black beans. Pinto beans work just fine.) I let the chicken and beans cook for a little longer. Then added a cup of jalapeño juice from a jalapeño jar double the salsa (I use on the border salsa) mixed in 2 American cheese slices (stir until melted) put mixture on top of rice then sprinkle grated cheese on top with cilantro (my husband likes everything cheesy). It was awesome. The jalapeño juice extra salsa and tons of cheese gave it lots if flavor. I omitted the sour cream. We aren't fans of sour cream. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2012
Fast easy.. good recipe for leftover chicken... needed more salsa in my opinion Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2013
me and my sister just made this its good n i will add it to my fav lite to make over and over again. you also could use chicken in a can it wordk just as well Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2015
Excellent recipe. I did up the salsa to 1 full cup to give it a little more zing. It was a big hit and I had requests for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
I added in taco seasoning and chili seasoning to the chicken and it tasted amazing Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2015
I added vegetable recipe mix a yellow sweet pepper and some chicken broth then added the the salsa and chicken and cooked that all together. Didn't have cheddar used 3 velveta slices in the mixture and broke up a slice of white American per bowl. Turned out amazing! Woulda been even better in a tort or with tortilla chips!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2014
This has become a new family staple. It is SO easy and really good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2016
Quick and easy dinner that is hearty enough to please my husband and teenaged son! I have made this several times and prefer making it on the stovetop. I boil the chicken ahead of time with spices and then shred it before adding. Tasty! Read More