Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls with Avocado, Sweet Potatoes & Pineapple

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30 Minute Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls are spicy, fresh, healthy and crazy delicious!


These Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls are practically perfect in every way.  Not only are they deceptively healthy, they are made in one skillet (and one microwave bowl if we are getting technical), quick and easy, packed with flavor,  bursting with fresh ingredients and on your table in less than 30 minutes!  They make fabulous make ahead meals, reheat beautifully and are restaurant quality delicious!

Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls with Avocado, Sweet Potatoes & Pineapple

We’ve had our fun with our Game Day recipes, but I am ready for real life food, how about you?!  And when I say real life food, I mean healthier food that is easy to make, uses accessible ingredients you can feel good about eating, and actually want to eat – enter these flavor exploding, protein packed Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls!  Because healthy doesn’t have to be boring!  Or just a salad.

Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls with Avocado.

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Two bowls of Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls with Avocado, Sweet Potatoes & Pineapple.

They also won’t regret these Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls!  These healthy bowls are brimming with multi-dimensional flavors and textures with kickin’ Cajun Spice in every bite.   They are loaded with zippy chicken…

Showing how to make Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls with Avocado, Sweet Potatoes & Pineapple.

30 Minute Cajun Chicken Bowls bursting with avocados, black beans, sweet potatoes and pineapple!  These are spicy, fresh, healthy and ADDICTING!  

Fire roasted tomatoes and hearty black beans (yay for pulses!),

Mixing beand and tomatoes to make Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls with Avocado, Sweet Potatoes & Pineapple.

Tender sweet potatoes and crunchy bell peppers,

30 Minute Cajun Chicken Bowls bursting with avocados, black beans, sweet potatoes and pineapple!  These are spicy, fresh, healthy and ADDICTING!  

Creamy avocado and fresh, sweet pineapple!  This recipe warms, comforts and satisfies but is still fresh at the same time AKA it hits all my favorite notes for a meal!  Patrick was also a HUGE fan, this is one of his new favorite recipes!

Top view of a bowl of Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls with Avocado, Sweet Potatoes & Pineapple.

How to Customize these Cajun Chicken Bowls

These Cajun Chicken Bowls are on the spicy side as you would expect something “Cajun spiced” to be.  If you would like them less spicy then leave out the cayenne pepper and/or use less of the Homemade Cajun Seasoning throughout the recipe.

As far as the ingredients go, many of them are customizable – swap the bell peppers for zucchini, the sweet potatoes for rice, or russet potatoes etc. add avocados or guacamole but I would NOT recommend leaving out the fresh fruit component.  You can substitute the pineapple with mango but you need either need mango or pineapple.    The sweetness of the fruit cuts through and compliments the heat of the Cajun spice – these bowls are not the same without it – and crazy delicious with it.  I vote crazy delicious.

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30 Minute Cajun Chicken Bowls bursting with avocados, black beans, sweet potatoes and pineapple!  These are spicy, fresh, healthy and ADDICTING!  

Cajun Chicken Bowls with Avocado, Black Beans & Sweet Potatoes

30 Minute Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls are spicy, fresh, healthy and crazy delicious! They are deceptively healthy, made in one skillet (and one microwave bowl if we are getting technical), quick and easy, packed with flavor,  bursting with fresh ingredients and on your table in less than 30 minutes!  These Cajun Chicken Bowls make fabulous make ahead meals, reheat beautifully and are restaurant quality delicious!
Servings: 4 bowls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped into 1” pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 large sweet potato/garnet yam (approx. 1 pound) chopped into 1/2“ cubes
  • 2 bell peppers (any color combo) chopped into 1” pieces
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can diced fire roasted tomatoes drained
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple chopped, or more to taste
  • 2 Avocadoes peeled, pitted, sliced or chopped
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Cajun Spice Mix

  • 1 1/2 tsp EACH smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1 tsp EACH salt, brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp EACH dried oregano, dried thyme , pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional

Citrus Mix

  • 1 tablespoon sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice

Instructions

  • Add sweet potatoes to a microwave safe dish along with ¼ cup water. Cover and microwave 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the Citrus Mix in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • While the chicken is still on the cutting board, pat it very dry. Mix together the Cajun Spice Mix in a small bowl. Remove 1 tablespoon Mix (for potatoes/beans) and add remaining Mix to the chicken. Toss until evenly coated.
  • Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add chicken in an even layer and let cook undisturbed for 1-2 minutes/until seared. Flip chicken over and cook another 1-2 minutes until seared then add 2 tablespoons Citrus Mix. Reduce heat to medium-high and continue to cook and stir until chicken is cooked through, approximately 2 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Wipe out skillet. Add one tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon Citrus Mix and heat over medium high heat. Add sweet potatoes, bell pepper and ½ tablespoon Cajun Spice Mix. Stir until evenly combined then pat into a single layer. Let cook approximately 2 minutes, until potatoes begin to char then continue to cook another 1-2 minutes until potatoes are fork tender. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
  • Add black beans, fire roasted tomatoes, remaining Citrus Mix and remaining Cajun Mix to skillet over medium high heat. Cook for 2 minutes until warmed through.
  • Divide black beans/tomatoes, chicken and potatoes/peppers between 4 bowls (more or less) along with avocado, pineapple and fresh parsley.

Notes

These Cajun Chicken Bowls are on the spicy side as you would expect something "Cajun spiced" to be.  If you would like them less spicy then leave out the cayenne pepper and/or use less of the Homemade Cajun Seasoning throughout the recipe.

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16 Comments

  1. Connie says

    Can’t wait to try it! Hubby isn’t keen on the “bowls” and black beans so I plan to serve him the chicken and maybe rice. Love all your recipes! So glad I found your blog!

    • Jen says

      I’m so happy you found my blog too! I think you’ll love the flavors in these bowls, no matter what you pair it with!

  2. Danica says

    Looks great. I’m making it this week.

    • Jen says

      Awesome, I hope you love them as much as us!

  3. Lauren Banks says

    Thinking this might be a good recipe to bring for lunch at work. Do you think it’s reheatable? Maybe just leave the pineapple/mango off until after it’s reheated?

    • Jen says

      Absolutely reheatable, I loved the leftovers! I would leave the avocado out but you can even heat the pineapple/mango- still delicious warm. I think that part comes down to personally preference.

  4. Lisa Noble says

    Making these for my lunch this week. The house smells amazing and hubs has already said he’d LOVE these for his lunch! I’ve been on a healthy eating journey and your recipes make that so easy – a million thanks!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Lisa, I am so pleased you are enjoying my recipes! That is awesome your hubs is on board with these bowls as well! Best wishes in your health journey!

  5. DogRescuer says

    I am 43, and I had never had sweet potatoes before because I always thought I would hate them; “sweet” and “potato” together just didn’t sound good to me. This was the first time ever that I didn’t swap regular potatoes for sweet potatoes – and I loved it! The recipe as a whole was really, really good, and the slight sweetness (which is less than I had thought it would be) of the potatoes complemented it so well. The cleanup took forever but it was very much worth it – this dish is certainly a WINNER. Thank you.

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome! I’m thrilled you loved this recipe and that it finally had you liking sweet potatoes – yay! I hope you have fun experimenting with them in all sorts of ways!

  6. Todd says

    I’ve made this for my wife three times now and she loves it! Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe Jen!

    • Jen says

      That’s awesome Todd, thank you! I’m so happy it’s a favorite!

  7. Stewart says

    Can you use the spice mix for fish (blackened
    salmon perhaps)?

  8. Shelly says

    Can you use frozen cut up sweet potatoes?
    If so, do I still cook them in the microwave or just defrost
    Them and then cook the n the skillet?
    Thank you! Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

    • Jen says

      Hi Shelly, if they are raw, then yes I would cook them in the microwave adding a little extra time to defrost and then the skillet. Enjoy!