Chicken, Rice and Beans

Chicken Rice and Beans

We originally intended to make this Bon Appetit recipe, but we morphed it to save some time. In the proportions here, this recipe will make two easy week-night meals. The rice and beans can be made the first night and reheated the second. A rotisserie chicken bought on the first night can be reheated in the oven or shredded and "fried" on the stovetop with a bit of olive oil.

1 store-bought rotisserie chicken

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 medium onion, chopped, divided
1 cup brown rice (or another kind of rice of your choosing; if substituting a type of rice make sure you alter the rice cooking instructions accordingly)
2 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth can be substituted for a vegetarian dish)

1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3-4 hatch/green chilis, sliced (canned is fine; if using fresh, roasted and skinned)
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
1 cup chicken broth (vegetable broth can be substituted for a vegetarian dish)

Cilantro, roughly chopped
Avocado, diced
Cotija cheese, crumbled
Crema or sour cream
Lime wedges
Salsa of your choice

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/4 of onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Add 2 cups broth and season with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is just tender, 40-50 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork.

While rice is cooking, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Add coriander and cumin; stir 1 minute. Add beans, chilis, and broth; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, occasionally mashing beans gently, until thickened to desired consistency, 8-10 minutes.

Serve broken down (or reheated) chicken with rice and beans. Top with chopped cilantro, avocado, cheese, lime wedges, crema, and a salsa of your choice.

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