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This black bean Mexican chicken is that one dish you’ll really love coming home to for dinner.

Chicken can get boring really fast. So I’m constantly trying to create new ways to prepare it. We are definitely a chicken household around here, so boredom is just not an option in that department. Thankfully, I occasionally still come up with a winner. Something like this easy, healthy black bean Mexican chicken recipe.

Clean Eating Black Bean Mexican Chicken Recipe

Mini Chef is getting wise to my “healthy food antics” these days. He’s getting close to 7 years old and he notices when I sneak things into his food now. He’s getting pickier, even though he has a pretty good palate for a 6 year old,  and I’m not sure I like that very much. But at the end of the day, he’ll usually eat what I put in front of him, so I guess I can’t complain. Thankfully, I got a really favorable reaction to this dish. No arguments about dinner that night! Whoo hoo! Mom scores again!

This isn’t spicy, so it’s kid-friendly and can be enjoyed on it’s own, as a burrito filling or as a “topping” over rice. It’s pretty versatile stuff, and it’s super delicious too!

What You’ll Need

7 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast – Note that if you have a larger slow cooker, you can easily double this recipe.

1 tbsp. garlic granules – You can also use garlic powder.

1 tbsp. onion granules – Onion powder will work just as well.

1 tbsp. ground cumin

Β½ small red onion – I like chopping these to a smaller size. In my opinion, the smaller the better. But chop to your preference.

15 oz. can black beans – Make sure there is no added sugar. Rinse and drain them. You can also use 15 oz. of home cooked beans too. This will cut down significantly on salt.

14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes – You can also weigh out the same amount of fresh, chopped tomatoes. But the cans are just easier.

Salt to taste after cooking – I use pink Himalayan salt, but use what you have on hand.

Cilantro – Freshly chopped and totally optional

How To Make Black Bean Mexican Chicken In A Slow Cooker

Lay the onions at the bottom of your crock.

Place the chicken breasts over that.

Sprinkle the spices over the chicken.

Layer the tomatoes over that, and then finally the beans.

Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

When finished, stir the chicken in the crock so that it shreds.

Serve with some fresh cilantro.

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BLACK BEAN MEXICAN CHICKEN RECIPE:

Clean Eating Black Bean Mexican Chicken Recipe

Black Bean Mexican Chicken Recipe

This easy to make chicken dish is sure to become a staple in your eating plan. Delicious!!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 191kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 7 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • Β½ small red onion, chopped
  • 15 oz. can black beans (no sugar added, drained and rinsed)
  • 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • salt to taste after cooking
  • chopped, fresh cilantro (optional for garnish)

Instructions

  • Lay the onions at the bottom of your crock.
  • Place the chicken breasts over that.
  • Sprinkle the spices over the chicken.
  • Layer the tomatoes over that, and then finally the beans.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  • When finished, stir the chicken in the crock so that it shreds.
  • Serve with some fresh cilantro.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 6mg

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39 Comments

  1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says:

    Love this! Super simple and full of flavor.. exactly the kind of meals I like. Pinned. πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Krista – Thanks for pinning! Enjoy! πŸ˜€

  2. Made this for dinner tonight… very yummy! Will be making this again! thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cari – I’m so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ˜€

  3. Can I double or triple it for leftovers?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Clare – Sure!

  4. Adding a little cheese would make it less clean?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – No, not if it’s real cheese.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ginny – Thank you! πŸ™‚

  5. What size crockpot did you use? I have a 6.5 quart crockpot and I’m just wondering if I need to double this for my family.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christy – I have a 5 quart. It wouldn’t hurt to double it. It freezes well if you have leftovers.

  6. Yummy, sounds awesome! Making this tonight.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brenda – Fantastic! Let me know how you like it!

  7. I just love your website. Thank you for all the amazing recipes and ideas!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristi – Thanks so much! πŸ˜€

  8. I’m just horrible at cooking, so pardon me if this is a “rookie” question haha! It looks like this recipe is calling for one 7 oz chicken breast and yields two servings. So if I want to throw 4 chicken breasts in, I should quadruple the ingredients?? Again, sorry for this probably basic question. Trying to eat clean with zero cooking skills is quite a challenge ha!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – No worries! About 5 years ago, I had zero cooking skills myself! I learned by asking questions. πŸ™‚ So you are really talking about two different things here. There are the servings, and there are the ingredients. 1 (7 oz) chicken breast will give you two servings. So it really depends on how much you want to end up with. If you want 4 servings, then you would add one more (7 oz) chicken breast for a total of 2 breasts. 3 (7 oz) breasts will get you 6 servings and 4 (7 oz) breasts will get you 8 servings. Also, I made this in a small slow cooker. So to enlarge the recipe, you will want a larger slow cooker as well. I’m guessing here, but I would say you’ll need a 3-4 quart slow cooker. Slow cooking has it’s own “laws”, so if you get hung up on what to do with your slow cooker or what size you need, just ask. I’ll work through it with you. Just let me know how much you want to enlarge the recipe. Hope that helps!

  9. Thank you so much for your response! You’re so helpful!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – My pleasure! πŸ™‚

    2. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – My pleasure!

  10. One more question, can the chicken be frozen when it goes in the crockpot or does it need to be thawed?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – For food safety, it’s best if it is thawed first in the fridge.

  11. Pinned–can’t wait to make it this week. Thanks for all of the great recipes you share. Good luck with your new cookbook!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Donna – Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

  12. Looks so delicious I want to try! What did you serve it with? Or did you just eat this by itself? Like over rice or something?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Abby – It’s pretty versatile! I have served it with just a side salad and I have also served it over brown rice. Either way! πŸ™‚

  13. Hi,
    Is there any way of making this recipe without a slow cooker? I don’t have one but it looks like it would be super tasty πŸ™

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chloe – You could bake the chicken, shred it and then add everything together in a pot. But you won’t get the super soft texture of the chicken that only a low cooker can give it.

  14. Debbie Hornung says:

    Hi Tiffany,
    This recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it! I have a question about the canned tomatoes, is it true that the lining of the can mixed with the acidity of the tomatoes has an adverse reaction and may be harmful?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Debbie – Yes. I recommend searching out BPA free cans or glass jarred products. I believe Costco is BPA free, but you’d have to double check that. I now buy all my tomato products in glass jars. It’s a bit more expensive, but I think it’s worth it.

  15. I made this for dinner last night! I loved that the beans were already mixed in with the chicken. It made the family members who usually wouldn’t eat beans include it in their burritos. Sneaky healthy choices . πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Theresa – Haha! I used to do that with Mini Chef and veggies. Now, he loves them!

  16. Quick question, if I don’t have crockpot how can I make it? This really looks good and I wish I could make it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hal – You would have a really hard time matching the final texture without a slow cooker. However, you could potentially bake and shred the chicken and then add everything to a pot and cook to let the flavors meld.

  17. all I can say is “wow!”
    I am trying to get my 12 year old into cooking 1 simple meal a week. This recipe was perfect! Simple, healthy, and delicious. All the flavored blend perfectly, it’s not about a single ingredient but all working together.
    Thank you for posting this one, I’m looking for more, for sure.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elise – Fabulous!!! Such a great life lesson!! πŸ˜€

  18. Are these spice measurements right? I tripled the recipe a sit looks like the chicken took a huge bath in spices.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kayla – For the given portions, the measurements are correct. How does yours taste?

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