One Pan Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Rice with Black Beans


This has got to be one of the easiest dinners I’ve ever made! Not only that but it’s healthy, completely delicious and everyone loved it, kids included! This is one of those recipes I know I’ll turn to time and time again because it’s so easy to prepare yet its so flavorful and it’s totally filling. You’ll love that it’s cooked all together in one pan because it’s faster to prepare and there’s less mess to clean up!

One Pan Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice with Black Beans | Cooking Classy

If you want this more burrito bowl style, you can definitely serve it with shredded monterrey jack or cheddar cheese, diced Roma tomatoes, diced jalapeños, diced avocados and sour cream. I served mine with avocados and loved it but it’s also amazing just as it is. I also want to try it with minute brown rice next time (then I’d just add 5 minutes to the resting period as listed on the package).

Want to see how easy this one pan recipe is? Watch the video!


Healthy, hearty, totally easy, and full of vibrant, irresistible flavors, yes it will have you coming back for more!

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One Pan Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Rice with Black Beans

4.86 from 7 votes

This cilantro lime chicken with rice and black beans is packed with flavor and so easy to make. Made in one pan it's perfect for weeknights.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: lime chicken, one pan dinner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 448 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts , diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 green onions , chopped (keep lighter and darker portions separate)
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 cups minute white rice (don't use regular rice!)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and saute until cooked through, about 6 minutes, adding in lighter portions of the green onions and garlic at last 1 minute of cooking.
  2. Stir in broth, green onion greens, green chilies, lime zest, lime juice, black beans and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil, add rice, fully immerse rice in broth, and allow to boil 20 seconds, then remove from heat and immediately cover with a lid. Let rest 5 - 6 minutes.
  3. If needed, return pan to medium heat and cook and toss 1 minute to allow rice to absorb excess moisture. Remove from heat, toss in cilantro and let rest uncovered 3 minutes.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
One Pan Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Rice with Black Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 654mg 27%
Potassium 870mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 1g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 4.9%
Vitamin C 17.3%
Calcium 6.6%
Iron 30.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Mindy: Love your recipes! Made this last night and it is a keeper. I don’t use minute rice so I made Jasmine rice first then just added to the skilled with the beans and seasonings. April 14, 2015 at 1:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Mindy! Thanks for your feedback! April 15, 2015 at 10:03pm Reply

      • Joanie: I will definitely try this, but I may use jasmine brown rice, which I will cook in advance. April 27, 2015 at 3:52am Reply

  • Deb @ What’s Cooking at Dinner Thyme: This looks delicious! I’m definitely a fan of one-pot meals, and I love these flavors. Beautiful pics too! April 13, 2015 at 4:24am Reply

  • Jocelyn: I would love to try this, but I don’t usually stock minute rice. How could I go about using regular rice instead? Thank you! April 12, 2015 at 8:43pm Reply

    • erin: I haven’t made this yet, but I plan to tonight. I’m going to cook two cups of brown rice on the side ahead of time, and once it’s just about done, I’m going to mix it into the chicken/beans/broth, so it can absorb all that flavor, cook on heat for about 20 seconds or so, then remove from heat, cover and steam for 5 minutes like the directions above. July 16, 2015 at 11:05am Reply

      • Jay: Good idea. I’d rather have regular brown rice also. I suspect it will take a bit more time August 26, 2015 at 11:45am Reply

  • Lovely Sharice: Reminds me of Chipotle…looks so simple and yummy April 12, 2015 at 2:54pm Reply

  • Holley: This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it! April 12, 2015 at 8:09am Reply

  • Ana: Delicioso! Que arroz más rico! April 12, 2015 at 6:25am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I love the flavors in this! Cilantro, lime, chiles, the black beans, so perfect! AND it’s a one-pot, super fast and easy dish. Love that! April 11, 2015 at 7:11pm Reply

  • Amber @ The Bewitched Baker: One pot dishes are the best, aren’t they? I’m all for fewer dishes to wash later! April 11, 2015 at 5:28pm Reply

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