As it is a new year I am on a quest for new recipes since all the same olds are getting old. This recipe was simple, inexpensive and my family loved it! The salsa makes the whole thing delicious and it also goes well in a tortilla to entice kids more. Bottom line its a keeper at my house.
Black Beans and Rice with Chicken and Apple Salsa
Adapted from Bon Appetit, January 2012/taken from ourbestbites.com
1 cup chopped peeled Granny Smith apple
1/4 cup chopped cilantro, divided
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion, divided
1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoons coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 13.5 ounce can chicken broth
2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups cooked brown or white rice
1 rotisserie chicken, or 4 grilled chicken breast
s4-6 lime wedges
Combine apple, cilantro, 2 tablespoons onion, and the juice from half a lime. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt and black pepper. Set aside.
Combine remaining onion, bell pepper, and oil in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until completely softened, 6-7 minutes. Add garlic and next 3 ingredients; stir constantly for 2 minutes. Stir in broth and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer briskly, mashing some of hte beans with the back of a spoon and stirring often, until sauce is thickened, 8-10 minutes (or longer if needed). Season with salt and pepper to taste and a big squeeze of lime juice.
Divide rice and beans among plates. Top with some chicken and apple salsa. Garnish with additional cilantro and lime wedges. Serves 4-6.