Mexican Beans with Chicken

This Mexican beans with chicken recipe is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight or a lazy weekend. It's hearty, flavorful, and easy to make. Plus, it's a great way to get in some extra protein and fiber in your diet.
Mexican Beans with chicken

Mexican Beans with Chicken

Recipe by Zoe

Servs 6
CALS - 427
P-45g C-52g F-5g


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1/2 Brown onion, chopped

  • 2-3 Garlic cloves, crushed and sliced

  • 1 400g Can chopped tomatoes

  • 1 Can brown lentils

  • 1 Can Cannellini beans

  • 1 Can kidney beans

  • Spices mix
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Coriander (ground)

  • 1 1/2 Tsp Cumin

  • 1 Tsp Turmeric

  • 1/2-1 Tsp Cayenne pepper (choose your heat)

  • Roasted Veg
  • 2 Eggplant, cut into 3cm cubes

  • 2 Capsicums, halved

  • *Pre–roast in the oven cut side down on a big roasting tray with no oil for 20 mins until very soft and charred

  • Poached Chicken
  • 600g Chicken Breast (raw weight)

  • *Pre-poach so that this can be thrown in OR poach in an additional pot of water, lemon and peppercorns while your beans cook


  • Drain and rinse all of your beans thoroughly, set aside - I like to keep the lentils separate.
  • Heat a large pot on the stove to a medium heat and add your oil.
  • Cook your onions and garlic until they’ve softened - don’t burn.
  • Add all of your spices and mix - the consistency will be dry (don’t stress).
  • Add your can of tomatoes, fill the can with water, add the water to the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Bring your mix back down to a medium heat (slight bubbles), season with salt and add your lentils.
  • Stir and cook for 1 min.
  • Add your other beans, stir through.
  • If your mixture is looking really thick here add a touch more water, cook for 3-5 mins.
  • At this point your beans are technically good to go! However, if you have time, turn the heat to low and slow-cook your mix for a further 20-30 mins (depending on your plans for the day), stirring occasionally.
  • The sauce develops, the beans soften and delicious things happen!
  • Throw your cooked chicken & veg (if you’ve made the roast veg) in now and heat in the mix for 2 mins.
  • Or if you’re not taking the slow-cook option, throw them in after your beans have cooked for 3-5mins.

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