Ancho Chicken Breast with Black Beans, Bell Peppers & Scallions

Ancho Chicken Breast with Black Beans, Bell Peppers & Scallions

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2017

In this healthy chicken recipe, the meat is rubbed with ancho chile powder, a spice made from dried poblano peppers. It adds mild heat and subtle smokiness to the rub on the chicken, but you can use regular chili powder here instead. This recipe makes an extra ½ cup of the black bean mash—try it wrapped into a burrito for lunch or as a taco filling (see Tips, below).

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • Beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans low-sodium black beans, rinsed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Chicken & Vegetables
  • 16 scallions, trimmed
  • 3 medium red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 teaspoons, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder (see Tips)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  • Prep

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  1. To prepare beans: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cumin seeds; cook, stirring, until fragrant and starting to brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in beans, lime juice and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook until hot, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher until mostly smooth. Refrigerate ½ cup of the mashed beans for another use (see Tips, below). Cover the remaining beans to keep warm.
  2. To prepare chicken & vegetables: Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  3. Toss scallions and bell peppers in a large bowl with 1½ tablespoons oil and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Broil, stirring twice, until the vegetables are charred, 8 to 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place chicken between 2 large pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet or a heavy saucepan to an even ½-inch thickness. Combine chile powder, cinnamon, cocoa, brown sugar and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Brush both sides of the chicken with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and coat both sides with the spice mixture.
  5. Coat a large grill pan or skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add half the chicken. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165°F, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining chicken, reducing the heat if necessary.
  6. Place about ⅔ cup of the beans on each of 4 dinner plates and top each portion with scallions, bell peppers and chicken.
  • Tips: Ancho chiles—dried poblano peppers—are one of the most popular dried chiles used in Mexico; ancho chile powder has a mild, sweet spicy flavor. Look for it with specialty spices in large supermarkets or Mexican grocers.
  • Turn leftovers into black bean tacos for lunch: Spread the ½ cup leftover beans on 2 corn tortillas. Top each taco with ¼ cup each chopped romaine lettuce and tomato, 1 Tbsp. each shredded Cheddar cheese and tomato salsa and a squeeze of lime juice. Serves 1.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3 oz. chicken, ⅔ cup beans, ¾ cup peppers & 4 scallions each
  • Per serving: 396 calories; 14 g fat(2 g sat); 11 g fiber; 36 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 157 mcg folate; 63 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 3,620 IU vitamin A; 132 mg vitamin C; 124 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 464 mg sodium; 959 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (220% daily value), Vitamin A (72% dv), Folate (39% dv), Iron (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 2 fat

Reviews 2

December 07, 2018
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By: storyland
Very tasty, I also made it using pork steaks instead of chicken.
November 28, 2018
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By: Dezrah
This was so delicious. I will absolutely make this again. I had to put the chicken in the oven: after searing 4 mins per side, finish at 350F for about 8 mins. Your times may vary.
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