1 1/2poundschicken breastsboneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
15ozBlack Beansdrained, rinsed
2cupsSalsaregular, mild or hot
Cilantrochopped , optional garnish
Avocadopeeled, pitted and diced, optional garnish
sour cream for garnishmake sure to verify a gluten-free brand
Black olives for garnishmake sure to verify a gluten-free brand
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onion and taco seasoning; cook 2 minutes more. Stir in black beans, salsa and water. Bring to a boil.
Stir in pasta. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese. To serve, sprinkle top with remaining cheese, cilantro, avocado, and sour cream, if desired.
Recipe variations: Try sautéing diced bell peppers or jalapeños along with onions. Mix in frozen corn in the last 5 minutes of cooking. Substitute ground beef or ground turkey for chicken. Skip the cheese for a lighter version.