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Chipotle Chicken and Beans Recipe

Chipotle Chicken and Beans Recipe

I was skeptical about this recipe due to its combination of ingredients, but it immediately became one of our all-time favorites. —Jenny Kniesly of Dover, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 3/4 cup water, divided
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained


  • 1. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water and broth to a boil. Stir in rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes or until rice is tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cut each chicken breast half widthwise into six strips. Sprinkle with salt. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove and keep warm.
  • 3. In the same skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1/2 teaspoon drippings. In the drippings, saute onion until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, cumin and cinnamon; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the cranberry sauce, chipotle peppers, lime juice and remaining water. Bring to a boil.
  • 4. Return chicken to the pan. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6-10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. Add rice and beans to the skillet; heat through. Serve chicken over bean mixture; sprinkle with bacon. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 366 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 501mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Chipotle Chicken and Beans

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reindeer01 User ID: 1481948 64980
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"Admittedly, the first time I tried this I wasn't sold on it. A few weeks later, we tried it again and loved it. Now I cut up the chicken into small pieces, and we eat it in tortillas. We call them cranbitos!"

tgolon710 User ID: 3031408 100992
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"Excellent! Making again right now, love the chipotle & cranberry combo. I was skeptical at first but this is now my husbands favorite dish. I left out the bacon, tossed it all in the crock pot (made the rice separate) and used a small can 7oz of chipotle and whole can of whole-cranberry. YUM-MO!"

hal47 User ID: 1058650 152705
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"Come on folks, get brave and try this! It is very good. We love it."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.