Salsa Chicken Skillet - Quick-cooking chicken tenderloins are cooked together with salsa, black beans and cheese to create this super easy and flavorful dinner.
This is exactly the kind of meal to prepare on those nights when you are running low on time and/or energy. As a matter of fact, this recipe was created in a pinch, with zero plan, on a night I couldn't get to the store and had to make do with what I had on hand.
- Boneless Chicken - We are using tenders/tenderloins because they cook up quick. If you only have boneless chicken breasts on hand, that's fine, but know it will take a little bit longer to prepare.
- Salsa - No shocker here, if you like it spicy, use spicy. If you want it mild, use mild salsa. Shocker, if you want it medium, yep, use medium salsa.
- Beans - Just simple canned black beans
- Cheese - I prefer a Monterey Jack blend or a Triple Cheddar blend
- Cilantro - Fresh cilantro please
📃 Easy instructions
Start by browning the chicken on both sides.
Pour in salsa and beans and allow chicken to finish cooking.
Once the chicken is cooked and everything else is warmed, top with cheese and then the cilantro.
Serve over rice and that's it. Not too bad for a meal that requires virtually no prep, right?
🛒Substitutions / suggestions
- Serve over pasta instead of rice
- Use salsa verde in place of tomato salsa
- Stir in corn
- Top with green onions
- Sour cream
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Salsa Chicken Skillet
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Pound boneless chicken tenders
- 1 Cup salsa
- 15 Ounce black beans canned, rinsed & drained
- ¾ Cup shredded cheese monterey jack or mexican blend
- 2 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet, over medium/high heat. Add chicken tenders. Brown each side, about 4 minutes per side, turning with tongs.
- Pour salsa over chicken and also black beans. Cook until chicken is cooked thru, about 4 more minutes.
- Sprinkle cheese over chicken and continue to cook, just until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and top with chopped cilantro.
- Serve with prepared rice if desired.
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