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.

mexican rice recipe

Stir in your cooked brown rice.


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

mexican rice recipe

Sprinkle in some cumin.

mexican rice recipe

Some fresh lime juice.

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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 Photo

Chicken and Black Bean Green Chili Rice Skillet

This Chicken and Black Bean Green Chili Rice Skillet is a healthy, quick and simple weeknight dinner idea!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 292kcal
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  • Oven
  • Stove


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and heat cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • 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.
  • Stir in cooked rice, green chiles, black beans, cumin, lime juice, chicken and hot sauce.
  • Top with cheeses and bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve warm.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Keywords: 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

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60 Responses
  1. JennyCupcakes

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

  2. Rosana Santos Calambichis

    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!


    Rosana Santos Calambichis, CEO BIG CHEF

  3. Mary

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

  4. Mommyof2Girlz/StephD

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

  5. Mindi

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

  6. Elizabeth

    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!

  7. Erin

    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!

  8. Amanda

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

  9. Concrete Polishing Clapham

    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.

  10. Natalie

    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!!

  11. Malen

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

  12. Laura

    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?

    1. Jenny

      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!

    1. sebastian

      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 🙂


  13. Julie @ Table for Two

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

  14. Heather Christo

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

  15. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    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!

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