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Cuban Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowls

These Cuban Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowls are so packed with flavor! They’re filled with homemade cuban spiced chicken, black beans, lime rice and fried plantains! The perfect easy and delicious weeknight meal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Cuban
Keyword black beans and rice, cuban chicken bowls, fried plantains
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie


Cuban Chicken

  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Lime Rice

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • pinch of salt to taste

Cumin Black Beans

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • pinch of salt to taste

Sauteed Plantains

  • 1 plantain diced into small bite size slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • salt to taste

Other Bowl Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 2 cups spinach


  1. Begin by slicing your plantain into bite sized coin pieces. Set aside. Slice your avocado into thin slices as well. Set this aside. 

  2. Begin to cook your rice. In a medium sized pot, combine your dry rice with 1.5 cups of water. Place on high heat and let it come to a boil. Once boiling, cover and turn down to simmer. Let simmer for 15 minutes or until the water has fully evaporated. Once done, fluff the rice, add butter, salt and the juice of half of a lime. 

  3. While your rice is cooking, go ahead and make your cuban chicken seasoning. Mix all of the spices listed above into a bowl. Rub the seasoning directly onto your chicken breast. In a non-stick skillet, add your tbsp of olive oil and let it heat up. Once hot, add in your chicken breast. Cook for 6-7 minutes on each side or until fully cooked through. 

  4. When your chicken is almost done cooking, heat up your black beans in the microwave (or on the stovetop - microwave is just faster!) Once your beans are warm, add in your cumin and a pinch of salt. Mix to combine and set aside. 

  5. Once your chicken is done cooking, squeeze half of the lime on top of it and remove it from the pan onto a cutting board. Slice the chicken breast in half. In the same pan you just cooked your chicken in, add either butter or olive oil and once heated, place all of your plantains in a single layer. Cook the plantains for 1-2 minutes on each side, until they are golden brown. Once done, add a pinch of salt. 

  6. Time to assemble your bowls! Add spinach to the bottom of your bowl, followed by a large spoonful of cumin black beans, a large spoonful of lime rice, half of the sliced avocado, half of the plantains and half of the chicken breast! Squeeze with lime to garnish. Enjoy while hot!