By - BushyEyes
**Recipe here originally: [Stewed Chicken with Pinto Beans](https://www.triedandtruerecipe.com/stewed-chicken-with-pinto-beans/)**
* Deep skillet
* Food processor
* Small, ovenproof skillet or use a small baking sheet
#### Stewed Chicken:
* 1 tablespoon neutral oil for frying
* 1 yellow onion peeled and thinly sliced
* 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken a mix of thighs and tenders or one or the other, chopped into bite-sized pieces
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1½ tablespoons your favorite Mexican spice blend or use a mix of chili powder, paprika, cumin, and cayenne powder
* 15- ounce can pinto beans drained and rinsed
* 15- ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
* 1½ cups water or chicken stock
* Salt and pepper
#### Charred Jalapeño Cream Cheese Sauce:
* 1 tablespoon neutral oil
* 8- ounces spreadable cream cheese or use block cream cheese at room temperature
* 1 small bunch of cilantro
* 2 limes juiced
* 1–2 jalapeños
* Salt to taste
#### For serving:
* Cooked white rice
* Sliced cucumber or diced avocado
* 4 lime wedges
* Fresh cilantro
#### Sauté the onion:
* Heat 1 tablespoon neutral oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3–5 minutes until it begins to sweat and turn translucent.
#### Fry the chicken:
* Pat the chicken dry and season all over with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the onion and cook in an even layer for 6–7 minutes per side until golden brown.
* Melt the butter into the chicken. Add the Sweet Chilifire blend to the chicken and toss to coat. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
#### Simmer the chicken:
* Add the beans, tomatoes, and water to the skillet and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper, then reduce heat and simmer for 35 minutes until reduced and thickened. Taste and season with salt and pepper once more.
#### Prepare the charred jalapeño cream cheese:
* Place the lime juice and cilantro in a food processor and pulse until minced. Add the cream cheese and pulse until smooth.
* Turn on the broiler. Remove the stems from the jalapeños. Place them in a small, ovenproof skillet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of neutral oil. Place under the broiler for 2–5 minutes until charred all over. Keep an eye on them, so they don’t burn!
* Place the charred jalapeños in the food processor with the cream cheese and pulse until completely blended and smooth. Taste and season with salt.
#### To serve:
* Divide warm, cooked rice between bowls. Spoon the stewed chicken on top and drizzle each bowl with the charred jalapeño cream cheese. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!
Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 35g | Sodium: 773mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 20mg
Easier to blister the jalapeños on a dry skillet
I’ve done it both ways and find a little oil under the broiler works great for me but I’ll try it again with a dry skillet.
Confirming this worked great for me; thank you!
Glad to hear that!!
Circling back to this OP, I made this for dinner and it was a hit. The only mod I needed was I had to add a little water to the cream cheese sauce to make it more saucy.
That sounds absolutely heavenly.
I've recently been doing a lime-cilantro rice that would be amazing with this.
Cook 1 cup rinsed jasmine rice in 1 TBS butter until golden crust forms
Add 1 ½ cups chicken broth, zest of 1 lime, ¼ tsp salt (optional)
Simmer until done (13-15 minutes?)
Let cool 10 minutes (otherwise cilantro turns brown)
Add juice of 1 lime and a bunch of chopped cilantro
Can be easily doubled, etc.
Just put it on my list of what to cook
Hope you love it!
This the one.
This looks delicious definitely gonna try this recipe.
Thank you so much!
Looks delicious. I’m assuming this would serve four?
Definitely just me alone
The 4 lime wedges for serving, should have given me the clue!
This is a very Delicious and Tasty Meal .
Love the presentation on the dish. Looks great.
holy cow this looks yummy yummy
Yup. All things chicken. Nice job! Looks great!!!!
This looks so amazing and delicious thank you for the idea!
Sounds healthy, looks delicious. I'm sold!
Oooh can’t wait to try!
Thank you so much for this, this honestly has been the best part of my week!
That’s sound and looks great
Looking forward to trying this recipe u/BushyEyes THANKS!
Made this for dinner tonight! Turned out great. Added some goat cheese to the cream cheese mix, its 5:1 goat cheese to cream cheese and it was 🤌
Ooooh!!! Goat cheese sounds amazing!!
Super easy (albeit a little time consuming) and turned out great!
Yay! I’m glad to hear that! What was the most time consuming part? I’d love the feedback to improve my recipe writing in the future
Honestly, really well done! The simmer obviously adds a chunk of time but I used that window to make the rice and cheese sauce so the timing actually worked out well as a solo recipe. I'm not the best cook but the flavor was amazing on this and I found it easy to follow.
That’s great to hear! Thank you so much and I’m happy you enjoyed it!
I made this tonight. It was amazing. Thanks for a great recipe. Boom!!
Yay! Glad you enjoyed!
Your photos are all very over-edited. They look overly vivid and yellow. Not sure if you want the feedback, but there ya go. I always know when it’s your food when it’s the photo is yellow and strangely sharp.
Well, they’re “strangely” sharp because I shoot on a very high aperture using a strobe because I like to capture a lot of detail. I like my style of photography personally and I never adjust vibrance or saturation. I get it if it’s not your style but this is just how I like to shoot. Given the rice is a pretty accurate white I don’t really think this one is leaning too far yellow TBH.
Looking very delicious 😍😍😍
Just made this! So good!
Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed
This is simply so beautiful to look at. Wow just wow. 10/10 I bet it was delicious too
I love everything about this!!
Quick question: what Mexican spice did you use?