Simple chicken breasts are dressed up with a made-from-scratch tomato- chile sauce and quick-sautéed black beans. We suggest serving this recipe with our Yellow Rice. If you don’t have queso fresco on hand for garnish, feta will work too.
2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed, seeded and broken into pieces
1½ cups chopped fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 6-inch corn tortilla, torn
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Sea salt, to taste
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup minced yellow onion
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 15-oz BPA-free can black beans, drained and rinsed
Sea salt, to taste
Fresh cilantro sprigs, lime wedges and crumbled queso fresco, optional, for serving
Season chicken with oregano, cumin and pepper. In a large sauté pan on high, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add chicken and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate.
To same pan on medium, heat remaining 1 tbsp oil. Add chiles and toast for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, chopped onion, smashed garlic cloves and tortilla; simmer 3 minutes. Stir in broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and return chicken to pan. Cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 165°F, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken; purée tomato mixture in a food processor; season with salt.
Meanwhile, prepare beans: In a small saucepan on medium-high, heat 2 tsp oil. Add minced onion and minced garlic and cook until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant. Stir in beans to heat through; season with salt. If using, garnish servings with cilantro, lime wedges and queso fresco.
Layering half of the cheddar inside this casserole ensures every bite is cheesy. Ancho chile powder gives this dish a touch of smoky heat without being overly spicy, but if you don’t have it on hand, feel free to use regular chile powder instead. Serve with lime wedges for a hit of acidity.
We’ve upgraded the typical beans and rice with loads of toppings including cilantro, avocado and feta cheese. Feel free to customize it to your taste with any other chopped vegetables or herbs you have on hand.