Southwestern Chicken Skillet Dinner

Southwestern Chicken Skillet | Pick Fresh Foods

My husband walks into the kitchen and his expression says it all…Did a bomb explode in here?! Stuff is everywhere! Drawers opened, bottles and containers on the counter, measuring cups and bowls stacked in the sink. Ugh!

All I can do is shrug and give my mom’s favorite saying…a messy cook is a sign of a good cook. 😀

I love cooking, but sometimes the meal can be so complex that it requires lot of ingredients, several spoons, spatulas, different bowls, several pans, etc. That makes a terrible mess!  Let’s face it, cleaning up is not as much fun as making the mess.

Hands up…who’s with me here? Yep, just as I thought. So, anytime I can make a meal in one pan and create as little mess as possible... I’m all in!  


Southwestern Chicken Skillet | Pick Fresh Foods

My Southwestern Chicken Skillet is a healthy and hearty dinner all in one skillet! This dinner is so easy to make.

Seriously, the only thing that requires any effort is cutting up the chicken. Once that part is done, add the chicken to the skillet, brown it, add the veggies, and voila! A delicious dinner is ready to be served.


Southwestern Chicken Skillet | Pick Fresh Foods

I serve this up in some warm blue corn & flax tortillas. Top with some Monterey Jack cheese and this is just delicious!  This dinner is so good you’ll want to keep going back for more.  

In one skillet, you get a low-fat, filling, protein rich dinner with veggies mixed in.

The extra bonus is less mess to cleanup! Aside from the skillet, toss everything else into the dishwasher and you’ll be relaxing on the sofa before you know it!

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Zesty chicken, creamy black beans, crunchy red bell pepper, sweet corn, and cilantro…dinner is ready.


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Southwestern Chicken Skillet Dinner
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • Flour tortillas
  1. In a small bowl combine cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne. Sprinkle seasoning over chicken, toss to coat.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Add chicken to pan in a single layer. Brown chicken and continue to cook until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes; transfer to bowl and cover to keep warm.
  4. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add garlic and bell pepper to pan. Sauté for 1 minute.
  6. Return chicken to the pan, add the beans, corn, and water. Stir to combine.
  7. Cook until beans and corn are heated through.
  8. Stir in cilantro.
  9. Serve on flour tortillas and top with Monterey Jack cheese.



  1. Hehe, I’ve totally been there with the ton of dishes and mess after making a meal so these easy one skillet meals are always a winner with me :) The Southwestern flavors sound awesome in here and love how pretty and colorful this dish looks :)

    • Isn’t it crazy?! It always seems the meals that make the most mess are eaten the fastest. A one skillet dinner is so much easier 😀

  2. My hand is raised- love one pot meals and easy cleanup!! Cleaning up after myself is my least favorite thing :)

  3. ummmmmm I’m drooooling at the sight of this!!!!! It looks soooo delicious and absolutely filling and wholesome! And I totalllly agreeeee with you! Cleaning up after all the kitchen experiments can be a pain!!!!!!! And this dinner is just the perfect solution! 😀 :)

  4. This looks so good Cindy!! What an amazing idea for a skillet dinner!

  5. This looks amazing, Cindy!

  6. I’m most definitely with you on the one-dish dinners … my fave! Love your photos here too, Cindy … they’re so colourful!

  7. That is so funny and so true. I always seem to underestimate how many pans, spatulas, pots, spoons, etc. I will use. It is a mess and I’ve given up trying to clean too much while cooking. I just try to worry about most of it after. But a one-skillet meal is a life-saver. Thank you for the inspiration! : )

    • Isn’t it crazy?! Some times it makes me feel disorganized. Guess all that really matters is we good food at the end of the mess. 😀

  8. This look good. I love one pot meals.

  9. The flavour combinations make this my kind of dish! Looking forward to reading more recipes from you :)

    • Thanks Tandy 😀 I love the southwestern flavor combination and that you get protein and veggies all in one dish!

  10. This looks super yum!

  11. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    I’m a super messy cook as well, so I’m all in for quick dinners which don’t involve a ton of dishes and pans to clean. This one looks incredibly delish oooohhh

    • I always am amazed at how much mess I can make in the kitchen just cooking one meal. The cleanup is exhausting. Lol

  12. It always looks like a bomb went off in my kitchen while I am in the middle of cooking too :) This skillet dinner looks like the perfect addition to my weeknight menu. All of my favorite flavors in one dish! I hope that you have a great weekend, Cindy!

    • Haha, sometimes I wish I could just spray everything down, throw stuff in the trash and be done. But, it’s never that easy. Thankfully, this dish is super easy to make and clean up. Definitely a welcomed change 😀

  13. Lol! My kitchen regularly looks like a bomb testing field! And yes, my hand is way, way up regarding that clean-up question! Hurray for one-pot meals! Love this! 😀


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