Golden Chicken with Spicy Refried Beans

Golden Chicken with Spicy Refried Beans

9 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, February/March 2006

Kids love this combination of refried white beans and chicken tenders. If you're concerned about making it too spicy, omit the jalapeno. Serve with extra cheese to sprinkle on top.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 2 15-ounce cans white beans, rinsed
  • ¾ cup canned diced tomatoes with green chiles, or tomato salsa
  • ¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese


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  1. Combine cumin, coriander, pepper and salt in a medium bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and saute until golden brown and just cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan. Add onion and jalapeno and cook until beginning to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes (or salsa) and any accumulated juices from the chicken; cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Transfer the bean mixture to a medium bowl and mash with a potato masher until creamy but still slightly chunky. Stir in cheese. Serve with the chicken.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 205 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 8 g fiber; 26 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 118 mcg folate; 44 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 30 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 79 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 615 mg sodium; 438 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (30% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 3 lean meat

Reviews 9

March 01, 2018
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By: Tina
I am looking for some healthier meals, that are quick and easy, came across this one, I normally can't have spicy things, but thought I'd give it a shot, not bad at all, wasn't too spicy either. Will make again.
September 29, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Easy to make, delicious, and healthy Although I omitted the Jalapeno and Onion, it's still an awesome meal. Took me about 25 minutes to make.
October 14, 2011
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By: shawneegirl
Great for that Mexican food craving! My husband LOVES Mexican food, and was craving something spicy, Mexican, and tasty - but healthy and good for him. I saw this recipe & thought I'd give it a try. I added chili powder to the herbs for the chicken and threw a bit of cumin, coriander, and chili powder as well as some garlic into the beans. This ended up SO delicious! My husband LOVED it! The beans were absolutely delicious - creamy and flavorful with just a little spicy bite. Wonderful recipe! I used Great Northern Beans (organic vegetarian) for the beans & topped them with some extra sharp cheddar cheese. Highly recommend this - we will definately be having this again and again!! Oh, and the whole dinner took a total of 25 minutes flat from start to table; now THAT'S great! Pros: Healthy, Delicious, Super Easy, Quick to make!
December 22, 2010
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By: duchessuta
LOVED the beans! The beans were fantastic. I will definitely make this again, however next time I'll make some adjustments. The chicken was a little bland for my tastes. Next time I think I'll use less coriander and more cumin, and maybe add some chili powder... Also, I omitted the jalepeno, so next time I may use the hot rotel tomatoes to give it more of a kick. Overall, I really liked it! Pros: great refried beans Cons: chicken was a little bland
August 01, 2010
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By: jrin2325
I really liked this, though I did omit the jalapeno pepper. I will make this again.
June 13, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I'll never eat refried beans from a can again! This healthy and unbelievably easy bean dip is great with the golden chicken and has become a standard snack staple on its own. I have always loved refried beans but have been plagued by the guilt that goes along with it. Now, all I need is a couple cans of beans, a can of diced tomatoes, an onion, my immersion blender and 5 minutes and I have a guilt free dip that is great on whole wheat tortillas. Sometimes I use black beans, other times pinto or chili. Whatever I have on hand. It doesn't matter. It is great every time!
March 22, 2010
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By: tplus
Very quick and easy and oh so tasty, loved the beans!
December 28, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
I have a similiar recipe that I use as a taco/burrito recipe without smashing the beans. "Tastes great and Less filling".
September 01, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
I made this for my family and they loved it. Everyone thought this meal was delicious, and it is and easy to make, too! 'Anonymous, Las Vegas, NV
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