Foodie Friday

Healthy Recipe of the Week

Southwest Chicken, Sweet Potato, & Black Bean Skillet

Image source: YMCA of Greater Seattle

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 2 Chicken Breasts (skinless, cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • A dash of Black Pepper (to taste)
  • A dash of Salt (to taste) (*optional)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 large Sweet Potato (cubed)
  • 1 4 ounce can Green Chiles (diced)
  • 1 15 ounce can Black Beans (drained, rinsed)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 cups Kale Leaves (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese (or cheese of choice) (shredded)
  • 1 Avocado (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro (chopped) (*optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large oven proof skillet. Add chicken, stirring until browned on all sides. Add onion, red bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Season with black pepper and salt (optional). Sauté until onions have softened. Add garlic cloves, sweet potato, green chiles, and black beans. Pour water into pan, stir and cover. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring periodically until the sweet potato is tender and water has been absorbed. Stir in the kale leaves until the begin to wilt. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Place uncovered inside the oven. Bake until the cheese in bubbly (about 8 minutes). Top with avocado and cilantro (optional).

Serves: 4

Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Vegetarian Option: Swap the chicken for a second can of black beans (or beans of choice) or extra firm tofu.

 

 

 

 

Reference

YMCA of Greater Seattle (2020, May 11). Recipe: Southwest chicken, sweet potato, & black bean skillet. YMCA of Greater Seattle Blog. https://www.seattleymca.org/blog/recipe-southwest-chicken-sweet-potato-black-bean-skillet?utm_source=targeted-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=COVID-19-member-newsletter&utm_term=May_25_2020&utm_content=southwest-skillet-recipe-lp

About rrluthi

Certified fitness expert with a passion for educating and empowering people of all ages (young "kiddos" to the active aging "baby boomers") about the benefits of adopting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, preventing injury, and feeling good. Proven strengths applying cutting-edge fitness/wellness concepts and research through roles as a health coach, fitness trainer, group exercise instructor, and rehabilitation aide—in addition to promoting these concepts in a more systematic way through blogging and social media, community outreach, and corporate wellness program facilitation.
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