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Last week I shared a day of eats, including a Cuban chicken bowl. I received several requests for the recipe, so I thought I would share how I make it today. The hubs and I got the idea from either Pinterest or a cookbook years ago (we couldn’t agree on where we saw it), and have been making our own variation ever since. This is a great meal prep meal, as everything can be made in advance, and put together in minutes when you are ready.
Cuban Chicken Bowls
- 1 pound boneless chicken breasts or thighs (whichever you prefer)
- 1-2 tablespoons Jerk seasoning
- 2 cups prepared brown rice (I use an instant variety from Costco to save time)
- 1.5 cups black beans (canned is fine, or you can make your own in advance)
- 1 plantain
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Mango salsa
Coat chicken in jerk seasoning and cook. I cooked mine by coating in seasoning and cooking in the Instant Pot. You can also grill, bake or pan fry, but may need to add a little oil depending on how you are cooking. Once cooked, shred or dice, and set aside.
Cook rice and beans (if needed)
Peel and thinly slice plantain into medallions. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, cook plantains on each side for 1-3 minutes, until golden brown. Move to a paper towel lined plate, salt, and pepper to taste.
Make mango salsa (you can also buy pre-made mango salsa). It is super easy to make your own, this is how I make mine: 1 mango, 1/4 chopped cilantro, 1/4 bell pepper, juice of half a lemon, juice of half a lime. Dice mango and bell pepper, combine all ingredients in a bowl.
To serve, heat chicken, beans, rice, and plantains (if needed). Start with a layer of rice, then beans, then chicken and plantains. Top with as much mango salsa as your heart desires.
Let me know if you give it a try. What are some of your favorite meal prep dinners? I always love trying out new recipes and would love to try out some of yours.
Hope you have a great day!