The flavours of Mexico are so vibrant and really in a class all on their own. The spices in combination with citrus juices are perfect in any dish, and this one is no exception. This is a delicious easy chicken dinner that can be served in a number of different ways. The sauteed chicken and peppers can be served as seen in the picture, or served in a soft tortilla or even served with tortilla chips. I even like to take the sauteed mixture and indulge in the Mexican flavours with a side of flavoured rice. Whatever way you wish to serve this I'm thinking your family will definitely feel like they're on a beach in Mexico.

Adapted from the "Southwest Chicken and Beans" recipe in the Favorite Brand Name: Mexican Cookbook (2003)

Serves 4


  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp each: salt, black pepper, ground cumin and dried oregano
  • 1 lb skinless chicken breasts or tenders, cut into 1/4" strips
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 large red bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cans (16 oz. each) refried beans, warmed
  • Tortilla chips, salsa and sour cream (optional)

1. In a medium sized bowl, combine the lemon juice, 1 tbsp olive oil, onion, vinegar, garlic, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, and dried oregano. Add in the strips of chicken, toss the chicken to coat, then cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.

2. Heat remaining oil in a large heavy bottom skillet, on high heat, and add in the chicken mixture. Saute for a good 3 minutes, then add in the sliced red onion and cook them for 3 minutes. Add in the sliced bell peppers and saute for another 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp. Sprinkle the chicken dish with chopped cilantro.

3. Pour the two cans of refried beans into a saucepan and heat through. Serve the chicken and pepper saute over the warmed beans. Serve with tortilla chips, salsa and sour cream if you wish.

Alternative Options: If you don't like refried beans, make a sweet potato mash the same way you would make mashed potatoes. Season with salt, pepper and a little chili powder. Also, if you don't like cilantro you can always substitute chopped fresh parsley.

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