Margarita Chicken

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This amazingly easy and outrageously delicious dish came about thanks to 2 things that bring me joy… Pinterest and my friend Wendy. Wendy is a person not a thing but I wasn’t sure how else to word that!! Wendy made a recipe she found on Pinterest and brought it over for us after we brought our little baby home. What an amazing thing to do for a family!! Anyway… I had 3 helpings… 3!!!!! I checked out the recipe and decided I wanted to make it my own and make it soon! You gotta try this out. So easy… so tasty… you probably even have the ingredients right now so do yourself a favor and make it tonight!

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Start with some bell peppers of any color, a mix is good… and an onion. Slice them up. Heat up a pan on the stove with some olive oil and preheat your oven to 400.

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You’ll also need some chicken. I had a little over 2 lbs here but I was making some extra chicken cause there are 1,000 uses for cooked chicken you can grab out of the fridge. Anyway you can pound your chicken to thin it out or you can do as I did and just cut the breasts right down the middle to be sure they cook quickly.

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Once your oil is hot in the pan toss in your chicken. This pan is overcrowded. It’s hard to get a good brown on meat when its this crowded.

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This is much better!! Anyway sear the chicken on both sides. You’re not cooking them all the way through so this only takes a few minutes on each side. Once they are done transfer them to a plate and add a little more oil to the pan.

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Toss in the onion and peppers and even a garlic clove or two. Season with salt and pepper generously. You may be asking yourself how I got all this slicing and prep work done with a newborn in the house…

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My friend Sarah was nice enough to lend me this handy wrap so my little guy could be right there with me. Yeah for hands free cuddle time!

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Back to the cooking! Toss your onions and peppers until they are just tender. Don’t overcook these cause they will get some time in the oven as well. Once they are done turn the heat down…

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Dump in a can of drained black beans. You can rinse if you prefer.

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I added in a can of refried black beans from Trader Joe’s… so yummy…

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I also added in the juice of one lime. It’s hard to get a picture of yourself reaming a lime so here’s the lime to prove it!

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Next comes a good shake of cumin.

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Stir this all around until it is well combined. Turn off heat. You can now transfer this mixture to a baking dish or if you have an oven safe pan you’re set.

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Grab your chicken and taking one piece at a time add to the pan and toss in mixture and use tongs to be sure to cover it with some of the beans and onions.

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Oh… it’s starting to really get good here. Spoon a heaping spoonful or two of great salsa onto the chicken. Can I recommend this salsa šŸ™‚ Click here.

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You could stop there but why not add some cheese šŸ˜‰ There’s always room for cheese, right?!?! Pop this in the oven and get a fork and plate out cause you will want to dig in as soon as this is ready. Maybe crack open a Redbridge or whip up a margarita or a Mexican Coke… or just ice water will be fine too šŸ™‚

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I have NO idea how long this was in the oven and I was kinda disappointed at first when I saw the browned cheese but then after closer inspection I realized it was wonderfully crispy delicious cheese… num

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The beans were bubbly and the cheese were crispy and melty… love was in the air…

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It might not look like much but oh goodness… this is definitely going into our regular rotation. If you’re into a high protein diet this is right up your alley. Make it… you will thank me.

Margarita Chicken
1-2lbs chicken breasts
1 onion, thinly sliced
A handful of mini bell peppers or the equivalent of large peppers, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 can black beans, drained
1 can refried black beans
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt & Pepper
Salsa, to taste
Cheese, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 and heat a pan with olive oil on the stove. Season chicken with salt & pepper and place in hot pan. Sear on both sides and transfer to a clean plate. Add a little more oil into the pan along with onion, peppers, and garlic. Season with salt & pepper. Toss until just tender. Reduce heat and add in beans, cumin, and lime juice. Mix to combine. Transfer to a baking dish or if you are using an oven safe pan, leave in pan. Add in chicken breast pieces and toss to coat with bean mixture. Spoon on salsa and sprinkle on cheese. Bake until chicken is cooked and cheese is melted. Serve hot!

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One Response to Margarita Chicken

  1. Carolyn says:

    Now that looks yummy! I definitely will give this a try and maybe even add some frozen
    sweet corn. What a sweet little helper you have beside you!

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