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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!
Course Lunch, Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 bowls

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

Instructions

  • Add sweet potatoes to a microwave safe dish along with 1/4 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 1/2 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.