Looking for a very simple, crowd-pleasing dinner that's ready in about 30 minutes? You've come to the right place. This Southwest style chicken with cheese, beans and salsa is a slam dunk for a busy weeknight. There are only a few ingredients and you probably already have most of them on hand.
Sometimes we have to take a few shortcuts when it comes to dinner
It would be lovely if we had an endless supply of hours and minutes in the day to cook whatever our little hearts desired... but we don't. If we did, I'd probably be making chicken biryani every day and loving it! Chicken Biryani is a laborious meal, but so worth the effort.
However, sometimes we have to take a few shortcuts to get the dinner job done. Ultimately, I want the benefit of the shortcut without any loss of quality, flavor and satisfaction. For example, when I'm in a rush I want my super easy southwest style chicken with cheese, beans and salsa. Period. Checks all the boxes for me. Cheese, salsa, beans. I love that flavor combination. With a quick, simple marinade the chicken is tender, juicy and oh, so flavorful!
Let me break it down for you
It takes just a few minutes to mix the marinade, cut the chicken in half, and throw it in a ziplock bag overnight. All you have to do is sear it a few minutes, bake it, melt the cheese. The best part is you can use your favorite store bought salsa, good-quality canned black beans and the cilantro garish is optional. If you have extra time and want to make a killer salsa - go for it. I have a few store-bought gems I always turn to in a pinch - I'm sure you have them too. For the black beans, I do tend to buy the sodium-free organic option. Remember, just rinse the beans before using and you're good to go.
This is an easy weeknight treat the whole family can enjoy! I highly recommend you give this one a try. You will not be disappointed. And if you're looking for more flavors like this, you can try my Delicious Beef and Cheese Empanadas or my Killer Chicken Quesadillas.Print