One Pan Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice with Black Beans

Published April 11, 2015. Updated August 21, 2019

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This One Pan Cilantro Lime Chicken is so easy to prepare and is packed with flavor. It’s served with black beans and rice making it a filling and satisfying meal as it is but you could also go all out and add your favorite Mexican toppings.

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Cilantro Lime Chicken

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!

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

Ingredients – What You Need

  • Chicken
  • Chicken Broth
  • Onions & Garlic
  • Green Chilles
  • Black Beans
  • Rice
  • Lime Juice
  • Cilantro

One Pan Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice with Black Beans in a skillet topped with lime

One Pan Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice with Black Beans in a skillet pan

Additional Toppings

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).

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

This One Pan Cilantro Lime Chicken is so easy to prepare and is packed with flavor. It's served with black beans and rice making it a filling and satisfying meal as it is but you could also go all out and add your favorite Mexican toppings.
Servings: 4 servings
Prep10 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 509mg22%
Potassium 870mg25%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Vitamin C 14.3mg17%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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171 Comments

  • Linda

    Super easy and amazing flavors. It’s on the menu rotation for my family!

  • Shannon

    This was great! Super easy and super quick. I used leftover cooked rice, so I used a little less water than the recipe called for and I had some bell pepper in the fridge so I diced it up and added it with the garlic and onion. My son said it was “too limey” but I loved the lime.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      It would take some modifying but I’m guessing it could be done.

    • Kat

      After making this per the recipe I decided to try it in a pressure cooker and it turned great. I substituted chicken thighs for the chicken breast and 1 Cup brown rice for the minute rice and cooked for 12 minutes on high pressure with natural release. Easy and healthy and delicious recipe, thank you.

  • LauraMc

    Hi Jaclyn,
    I want to make this dish but don’t want to have to buy Minute Rice. I noticed that your Cilantro lime Rice recipe uses regular rice. Can this recipe be converted so that regular rice can be used? It sounds delicious& I want to make it for my niece’s family but would like to use regular rice. Suggestions? Thank you.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      If I were to attempt regular rice I would use 1 cup and increase broth to 1 3/4 cups, then simmer 15 – 20 minutes until tender. I would suggest leaving cooked chicken aside or using chicken thighs if leaving in with rice while cooking.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes you’d just need to reduce the broth (or possibly even omit) and reduce cook time for the cauliflower rice.