One-Pan Chicken Thighs with Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice – flavorful, delicious, healthy, gluten free dinner! Very easy to make, everything is done in one-pot, on stove-top, no need to turn on the oven! Just let the rice cook in the juices from the chicken thighs and in the chicken broth (or vegetable broth). The rice come out super delicious, and the chicken thighs are perfectly moist, tender, and flavorful!
This might become one of your favorite ways to cook chicken and rice. This recipe is so good – I am in love with this cilantro-lime black bean chicken and rice!
And here is how easy it is to make this: first, heat a large skillet on medium-high heat until hot. Add olive oil – it should run easily because the skillet is hot, but not sizzle or smoke. Season skin side of chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Sear them on high-medium heat in the skillet, skin-side down, for 5 minutes, until skins get golden brown color but don’t get burned.
Flip the chicken thighs to the other side and sear for 2 more minutes on medium heat. That’s how the chicken thigh skins should look like – nicely browned, but not burned. Skillet should not be burned on the bottom – use medium-high heat or medium heat, depending on your stove. Remove the chicken from the skillet (it will not be cooked through – you’ll continue cooking it in the next steps).
To the same (now empty) skillet, add chicken broth, water, rice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and minced garlic.
Don’t forget to add garlic – it add so much flavor:
Bring to boil. Mix everything well. Put chicken thighs on top, making wells for them in the rice. Reduce to the heat to low boil simmer. Cover the skillet with the lid.
Simmer for 15-20 minutes, covered, until the rice is cooked through and chicken is done (no longer pink in the center).
Remove the chicken from the skillet. Mix in the 1 tablespoon of lime juice, rinsed and rained black beans, and fresh cilantro into the cooked rice. Taste, and add more salt and/or another small amount of lime juice (at most 1 extra tablespoon, try adding half of extra tablespoon first). I think 2 tablespoons of lime juice (freshly squeezed only!) are just perfect, but the lime flavor might be too strong for some people, so you might use just 1 or 1.5 tablespoon instead of 2 that I used.
Add the chicken back on top and serve the dinner!