Chicken and Black Bean Bake



Calling this just Chicken and Black Bean Bake makes this dish seem boring, and it is far from being boring.  It is bursting with great flavors and topped with lots of melted cheese.  Calling it Chicken and Black Bean and Fire Roasted Tomato Baked topped with Mozzarella and Feta is a little much for a title.  Oh and did I mention this chicken is smothered in French dressing topped with crunchy onion mix?


If you are looking for a delicious, simple and did I mention delicious chicken dish you need to try this.  

I always know when a new dish I create is a hit when my husband goes for seconds.  And when he goes for thirds (yes, thirds in this case) well mommy Mother Thyme scored a home run!  

This dish only takes a few minutes to prepare making it an ideal weeknight dinner.  Drain your cans of beans and tomatoes and spread evenly a casserole dish.  Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Toss the chicken in the dressing and onion mix and place on top of beans and tomatoes.  Off to the oven it goes to bake for fifty minutes.  Add the cheeses, bake for a few minutes more, heat up some rice and dinner is served.  

If you have been in a chicken rut and need a new twist on preparing chicken, give this recipe a try.  The flavors blend so nicely, it will sure to be a hit (or maybe a home run for you too)!  









Chicken and Black Bean Bake

Ingredients

4 6oz chicken breasts

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ cup French salad dressing

1 1oz envelope of onion soup mix

15.5oz can black beans rinsed and drained

14.5oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes drained

2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spread black beans and tomatoes evenly on the bottom of a casserole dish.  In a medium bowl, season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Pour French dressing over chicken followed by onion soup mix and coat well.  Place chicken on top of beans and tomatoes.  

Bake on center rack for 45-50 minutes until chicken is cooked thoroughly and internal temperature is 165-170 degrees when checked with a meat thermometer.

Sprinkle with mozzarella and feta cheese, return to oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes until mozzarella cheese is melted.  

Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.  Serve alone or over rice.

Notes-

After placing cheese on chicken, place casserole or pie dish on top of a baking sheet to avoid any cheese dripping.  
Can be made with Light French Dressing.


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