cuban chicken and black bean quinoa bowls with fried chili spiced bananas + spicy mangos.

So....these Cuban Chicken and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls with Fried Bananas.....YES!

cuban chicken and black bean quinoa bowls with fried chili spiced bananas + spicy mangos.

INGREDIENTS
CHICKEN
  1. 1 teaspoon cumin
  2. 3 cloves garlic minced or grated
  3. 1 red chile seeded
  4. good pinch of pepper
  5. 3/4 cup + 1/4 orange juice divided
  6. the juice of 4 limes + 1 lime zested
  7. 1 teaspoon honey
  8. 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  9. 1/4 cup cilantro
  10. 1 pound boneless chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
  11. 2 tablespoons butter

BLACK BEANS + QUINOA
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 onion chopped
  3. 1 red pepper chopped
  4. 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa
  5. 2 cups cooked black beans rinsed + drained if using canned
  6. 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  7. salt and pepper to taste

BANANAS + MANGOS
  1. 2 bananas sliced + chili powder if desired
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  3. 1 mango diced
  4. 1 red chile seeded + chopped
  5. 1/2 of 1 lime juiced
  6. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped

INSTRUCTIONS
  • To a blender, add the cumin, 3 cloves garlic, red chile, pinch of pepper, 3/4 cup orange juice, lime juice + lime zest, honey, soy sauce and cilantro. Blend until everything is finely chopped and smooth. Next, add the chicken to a bowl or a ziplock bag and pour half the marinade over the chicken. Toss to coat and allow the chicken to sit for 20 minutes, or even overnight, in the marinade.
  • Meanwhile, work on the quinoa. Heat a large high sided skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add the oil and onion. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the red pepper and quinoa, cook another five minutes until the red pepper is soft and the quinoa is lightly toasted. Now pour in 3 cups of water or chicken broth, bring the mixture to a boil, cover and then simmer over low heat for 25-30 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked and fluffy. Once the quinoa is done cooking, scoot it over to the side and add another drizzle of oil to the skillet if needed, add the black beans, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until warmed through. Alternately, you may just stir the black beans into the quinoa.