Cooking for One: Double Duty Black Bean Chicken

Some of my fitness team do a lot of cooking for one person for various reasons. We were talking about how hard it is to find tasty, easy, inexpensive recipes that work for one person, and I told them I’d share some of mine!

The first one is a double-duty recipe, so you get two easy meals with little work. Bonus: it’s a slow cooker recipe! The base recipe is modified from my friend Bethany.

Double Duty Black Bean Chicken

Base Recipe Ingredients

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 can black beans, rinsed

1 can whole kernel corn, drained -OR- 1 cup frozen corn

1 cup salsa (whatever heat preference you like

1.5 cup low-sodium chicken broth (tip: use a larger container, and reserve the rest for meal #2)

Directions: Spray slow cooker with non-stick spray. Add chicken then just dump everything else in on top. Cook on low for 8-12 hours (I do this overnight).  Notes: You can double this recipe easily, and it makes a great topping for nachos. Or, stir in sour cream and cheddar cheese to make a great dip for a party.

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MEAL 1: ENCHILADAS

Additional Ingredients

2 flour tortillas

Cheddar or mexican cheese blend, if desired. -OR- 1/2 avocado, sliced

1 can green enchilada sauce

Directions: Preheat oven to 375.  Spoon chicken mixture into flour tortillas (about a half cup per tortilla, depending on what size tortilla). Add cheese or avocado. Roll into burritos and place in baking dish, then cover with enchilada sauce. Bake 15-20 minutes until tops are a bit crispy.  Notes: This freezes beautifully, as well as holds in the refrigerator as a lunch.

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Meal 2: Tortilla Soup

Additional ingredients

2 cans chicken broth (low-sodium preferred), or remainder of broth from above

1 small can fire roasted green chilis

1/4 cup brown rice

sliced jalapenos (if desired)

1 bunch cilantro (if desired)

Directions: Combine remaining chicken mixture with all chicken broth, chilis, brown rice, and jalapenos (if using).  Allow to simmer until rice is cooked. Alternatively, you can just dump all this right into the crock pot with the remaining chicken mixture, set it on low, and let it cook for about 4 hours. Top with cilantro and serve.

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