Lime Cilantro Chicken with Mixed Rice and Black Beans

Lime Cilantro Chicken with Rice and Beans — This 15-minute recipe is made in a single skillet and tastes even better the next day! You can use it as a taco filling or enjoy as is. You’re going to love all that lime-cilantro flavor! 

Lime Cilantro Chicken with Rice and Beans on white platter with lime wedges

Lime Cilantro Chicken with Rice and Beans

I’ve always been a huge fan of both lime and cilantro, and lately I’ve been on a real lime-cilantro kick. This easy, one-skillet, 15-minute dish is packed with both. There are so many textures and Mexican-inspired flavors — you’re going to love it! 

Juicy, moist chicken with tender rice, hearty black beans, sweet corn, and crisp red peppers all scented with lime and the fresh pop of cilantro. You could also work in avocado, red onions, or use it as a filling for tacos and sprinkle cheese on top. I love versatile recipes like this one! 

The flavors marry over time and my family thought it tasted even better the second day. It was perfect summer day-camp lunch for my daughter.

Lime Cilantro Chicken with Rice and Beans on platter

How to Make Lime Cilantro Chicken and Black Beans with Rice

To a large measuring cup, add lime zest, lime juice, honey, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Whisk to combine, then set aside for now. 

Cook chicken in an oiled skillet over medium-high heat until it’s about 90% cooked through. Add the sauce, noting that it may bubble up in the first few seconds. Continue cooking the cilantro lime chicken and the sauce until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has thickened some. 

Turn the heat to low and add cooked rice, black beans, corn, red peppers, and cilantro to the skillet. Stir to combine, and cook until everything is heated through. 

Once everything is hot, garnish with additional lime zest, if desired. 

Tips for the Best Lime Cilantro Chicken Skillet

To make this recipe super easy, I used two packets of pre-cooked Uncle Ben’s rice. You’re welcome to cook the rice yourself ahead of time in a rice cooker, but this is what I had on hand and it sped up the cooking process immensely! 

I also used frozen corn and added it to the skillet straight from the freezer. You could use fresh or canned instead — again, just use what you have! 

As you’re cooking the chicken, make sure to continue flipping it intermittently. This will ensure that it cooks through evenly and that it doesn’t become too browned on one side. 

Lastly, use freshly squeezed lime juice, if possible. It tastes so much better than the pre-bottled stuff, and it doesn’t take very long to squeeze the limes! 

Lime Cilantro Chicken with Mixed Rice and Black Beans - Easy, one skillet, 15-minute meal! Tons of textures and bold flavors in every bite!! The lime makes this dish just POP!!

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Lime Cilantro Chicken with Mixed Rice and Black Beans

Lime Cilantro Chicken with Mixed Rice and Black Beans

This 15-minute recipe is made in a single skillet and tastes even better the next day! You can use it as a taco filling or enjoy as is. You're going to love all that lime-cilantro flavor! 

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lime zest + more for garnishing
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • about 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • about 3 cups cooked rice*
  • one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn (I used frozen that I added straight from freezer)
  • 3/4 cup red bell pepper, seeded and diced small**
  • 3/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped; or to taste

Instructions

  1. To a medium bowl or large measuring cup, add the lime zest, lime juice, honey, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, optional cayenne, and whisk to combine; set sauce aside.
  2. To a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, add chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces. Chicken should be about 90% cooked through.
  3. Add the sauce, noting that it may bubble up in the first few seconds. Allow sauce to bubble at a medium-fast boil for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until sauce has reduced some and chicken is cooked through. Stir sauce and flip chicken intermittently throughout.
  4. Turn the heat to low and add the rice, black beans, corn, red peppers, cilantro, stir well to combine, and cook until everything is heated through. Taste and check for seasoning balance, making any necessary adjustments (more salt, pepper, pinch of sugar or cayenne, splash of lime juice, etc.) and garnish with a pinch of lime zest before serving.
  5. Will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days. Serve cold or reheat gently prior to serving if desired.

Notes

*I used two 8.8-ounce pre-cooked Uncle Ben’s Original Rice packets

**Orange or yellow peppers may be substituted

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 747 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 123mg Sodium: 1763mg Carbohydrates: 97g Fiber: 12g Sugar: 28g Protein: 59g

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50 comments on “Lime Cilantro Chicken with Mixed Rice and Black Beans”

  1. This will be a huge hit here and I was on a lime cilantro chili kick a few weeks ago so it’s time to cycle back to it! I am also a huge fan of anything that only requires a skillet.

    • There is so much flavor and so many textures going on with this dish, Paula, and since you’re already a big lime-cilantro-chili fan, you’re going to really like this one I bet!

    • We loved this! Black beans are Jon’s favorite kind of bean and the flavor of the whole dish was great. I love fresh herbs and never get tired of cilantro. I’m already looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch today!

      • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! Black beans are my favorite beans, too! I can’t get enough of them. Hope you’re enjoying your leftovers for lunch!

  2. I have 3-4 bunches of cilantro on hand AT ALL TIMES because I go to the store and have   a minor freak out that we ran out or something. SORT of totally obsessed. 
    So this dinner? It is totally my kinda eating! Pinned!

  3. I love cilantro…this looks so good and the leftovers would be great rolled up in a wrap or on top of a salad for lunch.  

  4. I too am a HUGE fan of lime and cilantro and keep them both on hand regularly! This gorgeous skillet looks like such a fun and different way to kick up beans ‘n’ rice! Can’t get enough of all that awesome flavor you packed into it!

  5. Thanks so much! One of my favorite recipes.

  6. I e Mexican flavors in savory dishes, they are so hearty.
    Averie, your recipes always have so much texture, I love it, I can’t get enough of all the beautiful and delicious ingredients you use, and also, that plate is very nice as well.

  7. Yum! This is the perfect weeknight dinner!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  8. This is my favorite kind of dinner!! I love it!

  9. I am loving EVERYTHING about this recipe.. There is so much flavor I could just jump into that plate and eat it all.

  10. Mexican flavors are our go-to at home. They never let us down. I need this recipe in my life and on my dinner table. 

  11. This looks great, I bet it’s soooo delicious! But I would get rid of the beans – stomach problems..

  12. I would have to leave out the corn on this since my daughter is allergic, but I’ve got to make it! YUM!!

  13. Perfection Averie! This looks like the perfect dinner to me! We love lime, cilantro, black beans – all of it! Pinned!

  14. Can’t wait to make this! By the way, my husband and I LOVED your Chinese chicken pasta salad recipe.

  15. This dinner looks so nice and fresh! I love how quickly it can be prepared, and how simply!

  16. I love the combination of lime and cilantro, it’s so fresh and satisfying in the summer and always reminds me of Thai flavours! Definitely pinning this for an easy meal mid-week, I love mixing up my stir-frys and it’s definitely time for a change. Have a great week!

  17. I love a flavorful one bowl meal like this. You’re always satisfied after finishing it because of all the flavors and textures. 

  18. I need to make this for dinner ASAP! I have been in such a dinner slump lately. This may get me out of it!

  19. This looks so healthy and vibrant Averie!  I love the use of lime juice AND zest.

  20. I just made this and it is wonderful! Both easy and colorful. I only had 1 lime, so had to make up with lemon juice, which was ok, but next time I’ll plan ahead. Next up, the honey lemon chicken.

  21. Made this for dinner tonight and loved it. I made a few adjustments as well. I did not put honey in the sauce so it would be tangier. I added onion and used leftover chicken that had been grilled. It was fabulous! Can’t wait to try more of your dinner recipes.

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you with the few tweaks you made and great time-saver to just use leftover grilled chicken! If you make other recipes, LMK how it goes!

  22. Hi there! I have been pinning your recipes on Pinterest and making them without realizing that they were all yours. I have made 8 of them and they have all been delicious. Tonight I made the cilantro lime chicken with black beans and rice and I loved it. Thank you for posting all these wonderful recipes, it has really helped me have dinner on the table for my family every night! 

    • I love comments like this and that’s awesome that you’ve made EIGHT of my recipes and just connected the dots that they were all mine! I love that it’s helping you have dinner on the table every night for your family! If you make other things, LMK how it goes!

  23. Driving home from a holiday thanksgiving with family in the mountains I came across your recipe.  My boyfriend who is a discriminating home chef and a writer who had his own cooking column made it upon arrival home after a long 12 hr drive.  It was quick, easy and so full of flavor. We loved it.  He wants to try it with shrimp. He was very impressed and wants to try a few more of your recipes. Thank you for helping us have a nice “fast food” meal without going through a drive-thru! Do you have any quinoa recipes?? ?

  24. I realized that I had printed this recipe out twice so I knew I really had to try it. It was really tasty. The lime definitely worked and the combination was flavorful and fresh. Thanks!

  25. I was looking for a black bean and rice recipe when I came across this one.  Just finished making it.  It’s bombastic!

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