Black Beans with Chicken & Apple Salsa Print Recipe Print Recipe


Somethings up, guys.

I’ve been eating A LOT of chicken. I’m usually not a big meat/chicken eater, but it’s been going in or on everything lately.

I’d hate to think it’s a growth spurt, since the only growing I’d be doing <at this age> is outwards.

Then my very patient husband likes to say, “you’re building muscle and it’s asking for protein”

Considering I don’t eat much protein, this sounds about right. However, he says that whenever I have a craving…



Pour a little marinara sauce, pinch of Italian seasoning and I’d eat this fork to mouth, any day.

Excuse me, that’s just my chicken craving speaking.

I had enough chicken, so I made a batch of this, which I even <sad to admit> ate for breakfast the next day.




I don’t know why it took me so long to make apple salsa. It’s pretty simple, and pretty genius.

I bet this would also be great over a white fish, pork or even quesadillas.

… or by the spoonful, straight to the mouth <guilty>



The combination of the cooked beans, chicken and refreshing apple salsa, all over a bed of rice. PERFECTION. This is a favorite over here and if you decide to make it, you’ll see why.

I have an idea.

You know me and obsession with mason jars & food on the go… So, you could layer this [rice, beans, chicken, salsa], seal it and then it’s ready for lunch the next day or a meal for the plane ride. Brilliant, right?!

Another idea.

Make a double batch of everything, store separately and enjoy all week long, either together or mix-matched.



Black Beans and Rice with Chicken and Apple Salsa

PRINT Recipe



  • 1 green apple, chopped and peeled
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped and divided
  • 2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Black Beans

  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups chicken broth, low sodium [or less if you want
  • 2 15 oz. cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt + pepper
  • 2 cups cooked rice [wild, brown, etc.]
  • 2-3 cups of cooked shredded chicken – Rotisserie, skin removed; or diced chicken

Garnish – optional

  • limes wedges
  • cilantro



In a small bowl, combine apple, cilantro, onion, and lime juice and toss together until everything is coated; set aside.

In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium. Add onion and bell pepper; stir occasionally until everything has softened, approx 7 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, coriander, and cumin; continue stirring for approx. 2 minutes. Pour in broth and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer. Bean mixture should begin to thicken, about 10 minutes. Season with salt + pepper.

Plating – add rice and beans, then top with chicken and apple salsa.


Serves 4-5

*gluten-free *dairy-free

Adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine

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  • JuleeT

    I have a crush on your lime-juicer-thingy (wait, that’s not what it’s called? also, wait, that’s not weird?).  do you remember where it’s from?

  • Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    the apple salsa sounds completely genius…and i say eat the chicken if you’re craving it!  can’t be a bad thing 🙂

  • Averie @ LV&Y

    Mmm, the apples with lime..I bet that is so good & refreshing!

  • Clara

    So pretty, Lisa! I just pinned the first image (giving you credit of course!), and it’s being re-pinned like crazy!

  • Kelley {mountainmamacooks}

    We’ve been eating a lot of beans and rice lately. I love the idea of an apple salsa. The freshness and crunch sound like they’d be perfect with the other ingredients in the dish! 

  • Bev Weidner

    Yes, a million times YES. And then one more yes.

    Okay one more. 

  • Brenda’s Wedding Blog

    This looks so good – can’t wait to try it

  • bentley

    this looks delish. what’s better than rice and beans with apple salsa?

  • Katie

    Yup, need that for dinner. 

  • Lindsey

    This recipe looks delicious and so healthy! I love anything with lime and cilantro. Adding the apples in seems like a really good idea too!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! I love the apple salsa. Would never think to incorporate it with this dish. 

  • Anonymous

    so sweet, thank you!

  • Anonymous

    haha, you crack me up! I bought it at a restaurant supply store in SF called Kamei.

  • Tim @ Chicken and Apples

    I especially like the combination you have going here. 😉

  • Judy@Savoring Today

    This makes me long for light, summertime meals with fresh, basic ingredients and eating outside. A breath of fresh air!

  • Brenda

    Yum! The flavors and textures sound amazing together…saving the recipe!!

  • Brenda

    Yum! The flavors and textures sound delicious…I’m saving this one.

  • Jenbeth

    This looks YUMMY! I’m going to make for dinner this week.  Also I love fruit salsas- have you ever made a plum salsa?  I have a great recipe with plum, red onion and yellow/red pepper.  Its tasty and healthy and always a hit at a party.

  • Amanda Formaro

    Looks and sounds fresh and amazing!

  • Manjit Wiggletail

    I realize the comments are 4 years old, but if you are still updating… Any suggestions what wines would pair well with this recipe? (the Black Beans & Rice with Chicken & Apple Salsa) Cheers, Mark Rickey