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Cilantro Orange Chicken with Rice and Beans Recipe

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Cilantro Orange Chicken with Rice and Beans is a flavorful and satisfying dish that combines citrusy and herby flavors with the heartiness of rice and beans. Here’s a recipe for you to try:

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For the Chicken Marinade:

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Rice and Beans:

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Marinate the Chicken:

  • In a bowl, combine the chopped cilantro, orange zest, orange juice, minced garlic, olive oil, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them.
  • Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or longer if you have time). This allows the flavors to penetrate the chicken.

2. Cook the Rice:

  • In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil.
  • Stir in the rice, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 18-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and has absorbed the liquid.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork, cover, and set aside.

3. Grill or Pan-Sear the Chicken:

  • Preheat your grill or a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill or pan-sear it for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it.

4. Prepare the Rice and Beans:

  • In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the diced red bell pepper and red onion, and sauté for about 3-4 minutes until they begin to soften.
  • Stir in the drained black beans and frozen corn kernels. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until everything is heated through.
  • Add the cooked rice to the skillet and toss everything together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Finally, stir in the chopped cilantro.

5. Serve:

  • Plate the Cilantro Orange Chicken alongside the Rice and Beans mixture.
  • Garnish with additional cilantro and orange slices if desired.
  • Enjoy your delicious Cilantro Orange Chicken with Rice and Beans!

This recipe serves 4 people and can easily be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. It’s a perfect combination of flavors and textures, making it a great choice for a family dinner or special occasion.

Source: pinchofyum.com

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