Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How to Cook Chicken Bake With Black Beans and Salsa

Use your favorite tomato salsa or try a combination of tomato salsa and salsa verde. This is a quick and easy chicken bake; serve with rice for a hearty and easy everyday family meal.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • salt and pepper or a spicy seasoning blend
  • 1 can (16 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (12 to 15 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cups chunky salsa, divided
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped mild green chile peppers, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) shredded Mexican cheese blend or mixture of Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Colby cheeses


Heat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Wash chicken and pat dry. Sprinkle the chicken all over with salt and pepper or a spicy chicken seasoning blend.
Combine the drained beans, corn, 1 cup of the salsa, green chile peppers, and half of the cilantro. Put the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Arrange chicken over the bean and corn mixture, then spoon the remaining salsa over the chicken. Sprinkle with the remaining cilantro and top evenly with the cheese.
Cover tightly with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for 10 minutes, or until chicken is tender and juices run clear.

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