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5:30 Challenge / 5 ingredients / 30 minutes
When it comes to an easy and satisfying meal, this submission from Harriet Boger of Atlanta certainly fits the bill. It provides all the elements of a complete Mexican meal, but with a marginal amount of effort. Chicken is jump-started in a skillet to give it a nice golden coating before being topped with salsa and a sprinkle of cheese and transferred to the oven. It's a hearty, flavorful meal.
To stretch your meal, add another can of beans and/or cut the chicken in half.
If you have any leftovers, chop the chicken and use it as a burrito filling with some of the leftover rice.
-- Jeanne Besser
Hands on time: Total time: 30 minutes Serves: 4
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
4 tablespoons reduced-fat or plain sour cream
In a large lightly oiled skillet, pan fry the chicken until just cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.
In a baking dish, layer the black beans. Add the chicken. Top with salsa and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese has melted. Divide on 4 plates and top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream.
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