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Chicken Black Bean Mexican Rice Recipe

Sharing our favorite Mexican rice recipe today! This Chicken and Black Bean Green Chili Rice Skillet is a healthy, quick and simple weeknight dinner idea!

mexican rice recipe

Mexican Rice Recipe

If you haven’t had this Mexican rice recipe before you are in for a treat! I am always looking for quick and simple weeknight dinners and this one I developed last week was a huge success. We love Mexican dinners every week and this was a great addition to add to my rotating menu options. You can use a rotisserie chicken to save yourself some time, or if you have time I highly suggest grilling up my Taco Lime Chicken. We used it for this recipe and it was the perfect addition with the spices in the rice. Break out your cast iron skillet and try out this zesty chicken and rice skillet this week! Enjoy friends!

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Start by sautéing some onion and garlic.

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Stir in your cooked brown rice.


Black Beans and Rice Recipe

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Some chopped green chiles up next along with the black beans.

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Sprinkle in some cumin.

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Some fresh lime juice.

Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe

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Cubed cooked chicken. Try my Taco Lime Chicken, it was soooo good in this recipe.


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Top with shredded cheeses and time to bake!

mexican rice recipe

We enjoyed the leftovers all week long for lunch. This one is a keeper!

mexican rice recipe

Serve with some chips and salsa if you’d like 🙂

mexican rice recipe

Chicken and Black Bean Green Chili Rice Skillet
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This Chicken and Black Bean Green Chili Rice Skillet is a healthy, quick and simple weeknight dinner idea!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: black bean and chicken recipe, cast iron skillet recipes, chicken and beans, chicken skillet recipe, family dinner idea, healthy family dinner, healthy family dinner idea
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 292 kcal
  • 2 cups dry brown rice (uncooked)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 2 4 ounce cans diced green chilies
  • 3/4 cup black beans drained
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 tsp hot sauce I used Cholula
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozarella cheese shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and heat cast iron skillet over medium heat.

  2. Cook rice according to packaging directions and set aside. Heat oil in skillet and when hot, add onion and garlic, stirring until softened about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in cooked rice, green chiles, black beans, cumin, lime juice, chicken and hot sauce.

  4. Top with cheeses and bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Black Bean Green Chili Rice Skillet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 145mg6%
Potassium 251mg7%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    You make the best family-friendly easy dinnertime skillets, Jenny! pinned

  2. 2
    Medeja says:

    Spicy, filling, delicious.. That’s a really great dish!

  3. 3

    Love how easy this is! I am definitely always on the lookout for weeknight friendly meals.
    Plus, that Cholula hot sauce is pretty much my hubbies life. Perfect!

  4. 4

    This sounds right up my alley! Love all of those flavors! 🙂

  5. 5

    Love one skillet meals and this one sounds tasty!

  6. 6

    great flavors and I love how you are always thinking fast, easy and family friendly!

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    Maria says:

    Great weeknight meal!

  8. 8
    naomi says:

    Im right there with you about easy weeknight dinners — this one is a great one!!

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    Mary says:

    Looks so yummy and fast, thanks for another great weeknight meal to add to my rotation!

  10. 10

    This looks SO good!! I love how quick it comes together. I’d love a large helping, please!

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    laurie says:

    Sounds easy, yummy and healthy! Can’t wait to try!

    • 11.1
      Jenny says:

      Thanks Laurie, hope you enjoy!

    • 11.2
      sebastian says:

      Hi Jenny
      There are two things that i would like to add to the conversation here
      1) your photography is amazing – you have got this spot on and i have added some of your images to my Pinterest account.
      2)I really like the way that you have set your recipe, it makes for easy reading and following and is one that will be on my list of foods to try.

      thanks for this , i will be keeping an eye on this blog to see what else come out of here 🙂


  12. 12
    marla says:

    Destined to be a classic recipe! Love this Jenny 🙂

  13. 13

    Mmmmm…this so needs to be dinner!

  14. 14

    Love one pot meals. My family would love this one.

  15. 15

    Looks so yummy and easy. My family would love this!

  16. 16
    Laura says:

    This recipe looks so yummy. I am always interested in your skillet recipes, but I don’t have a cast iron skillet that can go in the oven. I was interested in buying one for my birthday and wondered what size you recommend. Do you have a favorite?

    • 16.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Laura, I’ve always used the Lodge brand. They are inexpensive and last forever 🙂 If you have a thrift store near you, check there, I’ve found some of mine there!

  17. 17
    Liz says:

    Thank you for the nice recipe. Have a Great Week!

  18. 18

    Skillet meals are the best! I can’t wait to try this one!!

  19. 19

    Yes please! Looks absolutely delish!

  20. 20
    Gaby says:

    This would be such a fabulous weeknight dinner!

  21. 21
    Tieghan says:

    These flavors are my favorite!! Love this easy dinner!

  22. 22
    Malen says:

    That looks great! I love the step by step tutorial with the clear photos. I am definitely trying this.

  23. 23

    The perfect weeknight meal, always need more of those! Love.

  24. 24
    Amanda says:

    Perfect meal for tonight! Love the green chiles and hot sauce 🙂

  25. 25
    Natalie says:

    Awesome! I’m trying to make weekly recipe planning easier for our family, and have decided to do five ‘theme’ nights each week…one night Italian, one night American, one night Mexican, one night slow cooker and one night just an easy classic (grilled cheese, breakfast, ect.). This will be perfect for Mexican night!!

  26. 26

    God bless you for the weeknights-dinner-friendly ideas! Just like Natalie, I am trying to plan ahead all the cooking (and shopping groceries for that matter). It is part of a bigger project for me – my new year resolution for time management.

  27. 27
    Amanda says:

    I was pretty much sold on this when I saw it’s mexican themed AND chicken. Two of my favorite things.

  28. 28
    Erin says:

    I made this last night for my family and it was a huge hit!! So delicious and oh so easy. The taco lime chicken is AMAZING! Very happy I found your website 🙂 thank you again for a great dish!

  29. 29

    […] to do with it. Totally making this. This mac n' cheese. I die. Oh no wait, this mac n' cheese. Easy weeknight dinner. That is all friends, until next time. Two Years Ago: Fried Mozzarella-Pepperoni Sticks ~ Made […]

  30. 30
    Elizabeth says:

    This may be a stupid question, but can you use just a regular oven-safe skillet if you don’t have a cast iron one? Thanks!

  31. 31
    Mindi says:

    Thank you for another great recipe. My family loved this! It was super quick and easy, too.

  32. 32

    Oh man my husband will flip for these flavors! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

  33. 33
    Mary says:

    Hi, This was so good… I tried it once with ground beef, that was good and now I like it with sausage… thanks

  34. 34

    Love this recipe. Not only does it look good, it looks easy enough to create. I am all about easy recipes, especially when its my turn to cook (my husband does 90% of the cooking) and every once in a while I have to cook and that’s when I go online to find something new to create.

    Thanks so much for inspiring me to make this one pan chicken dish!


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  36. 36

    this makes me hungry…looking so yummy

  37. 37

    I made this last night for my BF and I. It was SO delicious!!
    Thanks for posting this recipe!

  38. 38
    Susan says:

    Wow – this is such a great recipe. I love the pictures too… beautiful! Pinned 😛


  39. 39
    Hillary says:

    Hi!! I am making this tonight for dinner – so excited!!! How much is one serving of this? 1 cup? 3/4? Thanks so much!!!!

  40. 40
    MgMama says:

    I just found this on Pinterest! Have you ever mixed it into a 9×13 dish and froze it? I’m making my freezer meals list and was wondering if anyone successfully tried to that. I swap meals so I’m trying not to experiment with meals I give away 🙂

  41. 41
    David Paulson says:

    Hi Jenny,
    What size skillet do you use?

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    Nicole Gomez says:

    I love how you arrange the flower in the burlap and how you photographed it.

  44. 44
    Kathy says:

    This recipe looks great. I will try it soon. Thank for share !

  45. 45
    Jesse says:

    We love Mexican dinners, too. I tried your guide and my family love it. Thanks

  46. 46

    I boiled my chicken first, then shred it for this recipe, then used the water needed for the recipe from the boiled chicken water to add a bit more chicken flavor. I avoided the oil and just added everything into the pan and cooked it, and didn’t have a problem with anything sticking. I added some potato slices for appetite.Thanks for your sharing!

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