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Latin Chicken Skillet with Black Beans + Tomatoes

You’re less than 30 minutes away from serving up a delicious, homemade chicken dinner with Latin flair! And with just a handful of ingredients and a single skillet, this Latin skillet is a perfect meal for busy weeknights.

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3/4 view up of a Latin Chicken Skillet with Black Beans + Tomatoes with a cutting board and limes off to the side.

A while back, I surveyed my Instagram and Facebook followers to see what types of recipes they’re most looking forward to.

Hands-down, single skillet and sheet pan meals won. They even beat out Instant Pot recipes, which was pretty surprising to me, since it’s all the rage these days.

But I want to bring more of what you want to Big Flavors, and truth be told, things have been so hectic lately that meals like this have been total lifesavers for me, too.

Overhead view of a plate of chicken with black beans and tomatoes with a lime cut up in the background.

This skillet meal was one of those last-minute, hurry up and figure out something to put together for dinner type of meals.

I’ve been buying big packs of chicken cutlets from my local grocery store a lot lately. They go on sale often, so I’ll stock up and keep some in the freezer every few weeks.

Chicken cutlets cook up so quickly, which makes them a perfect candidate for weeknight meals.

Close up of a Latin Chicken Skillet with Black Beans + Tomatoes.

I almost always have a pint or 2 of grape tomatoes on hand. I love them on salads, and they make great snacks. I often throw a few in with my son’s school lunches, too.

They make a great addition to dishes like this – when you cut them in half, they cook down and get nice and saucy and sweet.

After the chicken is mostly cooked, the tomatoes and black beans are added in to simmer for a few minutes until heated through.

This meal was great as-is for my family, though you could most certainly serve it with a side of rice if you want to bulk it up a bit. The Adobo seasoning (I’ve been obsessed with this one from Simply Organic lately) adds just the right amount of flavor here, but feel free to add a squeeze of lime juice at the end.

Overhead view of a plate of chicken with black beans and tomatoes with a lime cut up in the background.

This chicken would also be great served up inside of tacos! I may need to make it again soon just to try that variation out.

Since the size of chicken cutlets in each package tends to vary, I’m saying that this makes about 4 servings. Sometimes one cutlet is itty bitty, and you go for 1 1/2 or 2, and sometimes a package has 6 nice-sized cutlets.

This fed my family of 3 with plenty of leftovers, and everyone loved it!

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3/4 view up of a Latin Chicken Skillet with Black Beans + Tomatoes with a cutting board and limes off to the side.

Latin Chicken Skillet with Black Beans + Tomatoes

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli

Description

You’re less than 30 minutes away from serving up a delicious, homemade chicken dinner with Latin flair! And with just a handful of ingredients and a single skillet, this Latin skillet is a perfect meal for busy weeknights.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package (about 5-6 pieces, 1 1/2 to 2 pounds total) chicken breast cutlets, pat dry
  • 2 teaspoons adobo seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans
  • Lime wedges, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  2. Season chicken with adobo seasoning, then fry until golden brown on the bottoms, about 3 minutes. Flip chicken over and add garlic and shallots, shaking the pan a bit so the garlic and shallots move toward the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Lower the heat to medium, add beans, and simmer until the beans are heated through and the chicken is fully cooked, about 5 minutes longer.
  4. Serve chicken and black beans with lime wedges alongside, if desired.

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16 Comments

  • Patti @ Patty Cake's Pantry

    I saw this recipe and had two thoughts. First, I thought that this would be delicious served atop a bed of rice. Then, I imagined it wrapped in a tortilla. Either way, or just heaped on a plate, this is a delicious recipe. I love that it’s made from simple ingredients, and that it’s ready in 30 minutes.

    • Ashley

      Yes – it would be great served up those ways, too! While we were eating it, tacos came to mind. But then again, when *don’t* I want to taco-fy something? 😉

  • Sharon

    I keep chicken on hand in the freezer too so I’m always looking for recipes that I have on hand. I really love this easy and simple meal! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Ashley

      I used to be afraid of freezing things, and now I’m ALL ABOUT IT! It’s such a great way to save time and stress when it comes to getting meals on the table!

  • Analida @ ethnicspoon.com

    I grew up with rice, black beans and chicken in Panamá and I LOVE this variation! The layers of flavors with the lovely brown bits from cooking the chicken sound so good! (BTW – I love your site’s new look! Awesome! )

    • Ashley

      Thank you so much, Analida! I’d love to see one of your rice, black beans, and chicken recipes too! And thank you for the kind words about my redesign – it was a lot of work but I’m really happy with it 🙂

  • Christine

    Love black beans and chicken! Such a great comfort food recipe. Reminds me of the kind of food I grew up on! 🙂

  • Ben Myhre

    I, for one, am happy to see this great-looking skillet meal. You know that I STILL don’t have an instant pot. I probably should, but I just am so reluctant to get new gadgets! Skillets have passed the test of time.

  • Heather

    Beautiful! Very easy meal using ingredients probably already in everyones pantry. Love the simplicity of it and it looks hearty and delicious

  • Anne Murphy

    I’m all about skillet meals, myself… and I love to combine meat and beans like this! It sounds delicious, and just the sort of dinner the family will love!

  • Deborah Leader

    I don’t do meat but my sister is always trying new chicken recipes so I forwarded the link to this recipe to her this evening. She wrote me back and said she will try it this week. Thanks for sharing.

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