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.
Southwest Style Chicken is a Quick Win for Weeknight Dinners
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. So 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!
Simple Steps and Flavorful Ingredients: This One's a Win-Win
It takes just a few minutes to mix the marinade, cut the chicken in half, and throw it in a ziplock bag for two hours and up to overnight. All you have to do is sear it a few minutes, bake it, melt the cheese. You can use your favorite store bought salsa, good-quality canned black beans. If you have extra time and want to make a homemade salsa - go for it. I have a few store-bought gems I always turn to in a pinch. For a blended salsa, I love On the Border Salsa (mild) and for a fresh pico-style salsa I use Sister's Salsa. With the black beans, I do tend to buy the sodium-free organic option. There's a lot of hidden salt when you used canned foods so look out for that. Remember, just rinse the beans before using and you're good to go.
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