Black Bean, Corn & Salsa Chicken
With Cilantro Lime Rice

It's great to be back in the bloggy saddle again. Last week I took a bit of a break because my sister was here visiting from San Diego. I can't tell you how much it meant to me to have her here. We have so much in common and enjoy doing so many things together when we have the chance.

The last 6 months have been a pretty difficult time for me. Then just as the new year was beginning my mother passed away. So for me it's been a roller coaster of mixed emotions.

Having my sister here was exactly what I needed. I just know 2012 will be a better year! I'm hoping and praying the new year will bring happiness, peace, patience and great things for myself and my family.

On a happier note, while my sister was here we did a lot of cooking. So I have a few new recipes to share with everyone. One dish in particular was Black Bean, Corn & Salsa Chicken. This meal was easy peasy because you just toss everything into the slow cooker and let it do its magic. Don't ya just love those types of recipes?

We served the salsa chicken on flour tortillas and paired it with a batch of Cilantro Lime Rice. I have to say this is my new favorite rice dish. If you love cilantro than you will enjoy this recipe. This rice pairs perfectly with any Mexican inspired dish and is such a nice change from traditional Spanish rice.

I couldn't help myself and kept eating serving after serving of this rice. The Salsa Chicken yields a good size batch, so I froze the leftovers for another night. I think they would make great Quesadillas or Tacos.

My sister isn't a big fan of black beans, but I am, so we came to a happy compromise. I used one can black beans and one can pinto beans to please everyone. I think this dish would be great using all black beans or substituting with pinto beans. It's really all up to you.

Everyone enjoyed this meal and gave it a thumbs up. This recipe is defiantly a keeper. Click here for the Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe.

Slow Cooker Black Bean, Corn & Salsa Chicken

1 - 15 oz can Bush's black bean, drained & rinsed
1 - 16 oz can Bush's pinto beans, drained & rinsed,
2 - 11 0z cans Mexicorn, drained
1 - packet taco seasoning
2/3 - cup water
5 - 6 chicken breasts
1 - cup salsa
12 - flour tortillas
garnish: cut avocados, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, queso fresco or cheddar cheese.

Drain and rinse beans. Add beans, mexicorn, taco seasoning, and water in crock pot and mix together until seasoning is dissolved.

Place chicken breasts on top and spread salsa on chicken. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 - 8.

Remove chicken to cool. Using a fork shred meat and add back to the crock pot.

Stir to mix and cook an additional 20 minutes. Serve on flour tortillas.

Garnish with cheese, sour cream, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and salsa or hot sauce.

adapted from: six sisters

Cilantro Lime Rice

1 - cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1 - tablespoon butter
1 - cloves garlic, minced
2 - teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 - teaspoon lime zest
2 - cups chicken broth
1 - tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
2 - teaspoons granulated sugar
2 - tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

In a saucepan add the butter and melt. Add rice and saute for 1-2 minutes until the rice is nicely coated. Add the garlic and saute for an additional minute. 

Add 2 teaspoons of lime juice, lime zest and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low 20 minutes, or until rice is tender and all the broth is absorbed. 

Remove from heat. In a small bowl, whisk together additional 1 tablespoon lime juice, sugar, and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff the rice. Serve warm.

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Donna said…
My condolances about your Mom. I lost mine this past year so I know how sad you are feeling. I knew something was up by the scarcity of your posts. Your family,faith and friends will help you thru all of this. We are glad to see you back and I promise you it WILL get better with time.
Anonymous said…
Tina- I am very sorry for your loss. I hope that your happy memories with her help to get you through this difficult time. -Nikki
Anonymous said…
So sorry to hear about your mother. May the Lord continue to heal your broken heart and make his presence known. So happy to see you back and with more yummy recipes!!
Lynn said…
I am so sorry that you have had a rough few months and I am so sorry about your mom. I am glad you got a chance to spend some time with your sister and take a break from blogging. It sounds like that is just what you needed. And I hope you have a much better 2012.
Hi Tina,
I have been thinking about you lately. So glad to see you back in the saddle here on the blog. My condolences to your family. I'm sorry to hear about your mother. That is a difficult thing to go through. Hope things turn around for you Tina. I agree a little sister time can really help. :)
Love ya,
Connie Pruitt said…
I have missed you! So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.
Sharon said…
Always looking for your posts! May the comforter hold you close and give you peace that passes understanding. So glad you have your sister to share with.
Lea Ann said…
Sorry to hear about your loss....and we are glad to have you back. In your absence, I have been trying some of the recipes you have them. The Pioneer Woman's pot roast is the bomb...thanks for posting it.
Anonymous said…
So sorry to hear about your mom, how great to have your sister visit - all the very best for 2012 - and the chicken and rice looks and sounds like another winner!
Mary xox
Nicole said…
Yummm! Great addition of added protein, plus adds some bulk for cheap. The rice seems similar to Chipotle's, which I haven't had. I've seen so many people talking about it and other recipes. I must try the meat mixture and the rice.

So sorry about your mom, I was experiencing the same thing with my dad four years ago. It will get better with time, remember the good times.

I'm Nicole by the way, long time reader, first time commenter.
Anonymous said…
Tina, I am so sorry for your loss. We lost my husbands mom the first week of January after a tough battle with cancer. its a tough thing to go through. I feel for you and know that things will be better with time. Glad to see you back here! Hang in there.
Anonymous said…
I,too, am so sorry to hear about your Mother. How devastating. Please know I'm praying for you.

Thank you for your wonderful blog! It's such a blessing!
Tina said…
Thank you so much Sheri and everyone for you nice comments.
Anonymous said…
I have been searching around the internet for ideas for dinner. I found this recipe that sounds delish. Thank you for your blog!
Anonymous said…
We made the salsa corn beans and chicken in the slow cooker and it was savory! Had leftovers for nachos tomorrow night! Thank you!
Kay Radewan said…
I recently found your site when I was looking for a salisbury steak recipe (which my family LOVED!). So, now I am looking through your site for more great recipes and reading all about you! I've always been a "baker" not a cook, so I need some help now and then! Question about this recipe (and for future reference) husband is allergic to poultry, so all these great chicken recipes, I avoid. Do you have a suggestion for a different kind of meat I could use in this recipe? Thank you for the wonderful inspiration you are giving me to become a better cook! :)
Terry E said…
This recipe sounds delish. The only thing that I would suggest is to rinse the rice before adding to the pot. Learned that from my mother in law who is Hispanic.
mojo said…
Do you have a specific brand of salsa that you recommend?