Southern Style Chicken, Black Bean and Rice Bake

I bought a can of black beans for the first time a few weeks ago and vowed to try and create a Southern USA style dish using beans, chicken and rice…   Chipotle Salsa, black beans, rice, chillies, chicken, tomatoes  – these ingredients just merge together into one big pot of deliciousness and it’s so easy to put together and is true comfort food.

You can be very relaxed about the ingredients – some recipes include corn and cheese, some put sour cream on the top to serve – the possibilites are endless.

Oh – and it’s even better the next day!

Chicken beans rice


1 kg Chicken thighs

1 clove garlic, grated

1 long red chilli, finely chopped – leave in the seeds if you want more heat

6 spring onions, chopped

Olive oil

1 410g can chopped tomatoes

1 439g can of black beans, drained – I use Latin Deli brand

1 jar of salsa – I use Mission brand Black Bean & Chipotle

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup of uncooked white rice

2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

½ cup fresh coriander, chopped – and extra for garnish

Salt & pepper to taste

A little sugar to taste


Cut each chicken thighs into 4 pieces

Pour a good lug of olive oil into a heavy cast iron casserole dish on the stovetop

When hot throw in the chicken in batches to sear the meat

Remove the chicken when a bit browned and set aside

Add some more olive oil and fry the spring onions, garlic and chillies for a few minutes

Throw in the tinned tomatoes, the drained black beans and the salsa

Mix together and add in the chicken pieces and the chicken stock

Sprinkle over the rice

Add in the balsamic vinegar and chopped coriander

Season to taste with a little salt and pepper

Bring back to the boil

Cover with a tight fitting lid and bake in the oven for around 40-50 minutes on 160c – stirring about hald way through the cooking time to make sure the rice isn’t sticking to the bottom

The rice will absorb a lot of the moisture and it will resemble a risotto

Season again to taste – a little sugar takes away the acidity in any dish containing tomatoes

Serve topped with a sprinkling of fresh coriander

Bon Appetit!  🙂


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