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Cuban Chicken & Black Bean Rice Bowls

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Cilantro-lime rice and Cuban style black beans serve as the base for juicy chicken tossed in a blend of fresh orange juice, lime juice, garlic, smoked paprika, oregano, and cumin. If that’s not enough, the bowls are then topped with a mango salsa and some sweet fried plantains on the side, perfection.


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Cuban Chicken & Black Bean Rice Bowls Recipe



Ingredients
Chicken

  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 large chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime

Black Beans

  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans black beans, drained
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Cilantro-Lime Rice

  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 ½ cups Jasmine rice
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
Chicken

  1. To a blender, combine the ingredients for the chicken marinade. Add the cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper, 4 cloves garlic, zest and juice of 1 orange, and the zest and juice of 1 lime to the blender. Blend together until everything is finely chopped and smooth.
  2. Add the chicken to a bowl or a Ziploc bag and pour half the marinade over the chicken. Toss to coat and allow the chicken to sit for at least 30 minutes, or overnight in the marinade.
  3. Heat a large skillet with vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot add the chicken and cook, 10-12 minutes or until browned all over and cooked throughout. Add the remaining marinade to the skillet and cook until it has reduced slightly, about 5 minutes.

Black Beans

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute for 3-4 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and saute 30-60 seconds. Add the black beans and spices and cook for 5-10 minutes. U
  2. Turn off the heat and allow rice to sit with the lid on for an additional 5 minutes. Add the lime, cilantro and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. To serve, divide the cilantro lime rice among bowls. Top with chicken and black beans. Add mango salsa and fried plantains if desired!

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