I love Mexican food; the spices and the texture combinations make it one of my favorite cuisines. Mexican food is very attainable to eat out, but it is also really easy to make at home! This recipe is packed with flavor, protein and volume, but easy on the carbohydrates and fat. It makes for a perfect Tupperware lunch and can also easily be served for a family meal where everyone can help themselves!
Macros per portion (serves 5): 240kcal; 39g protein, 19g carbs, 3g fat
1.5lbs raw chicken breast
1 can (approximately 450g) black beans, drained and rinsed.
1 tbsp barbecue seasoning
2 tbsp chipotle Cholula sauce
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 small onion, very finely chopped
1/2 can chopped tomatoes
1/2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tbsp cumin
8 cups romaine lettuce
5 cups shredded cabbage
2oz fat free cheddar
1. Preheat your oven to 350f. Line a baking tray with foil and cut your chicken into strips. Season generously with the barbecue seasoning and cover with foil. Bake in the center of the oven for approximately 35 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear.
2. Remove the chicken from the oven and transfer the chicken and juices to a large bowl. Don’t discard the juices as they will help to add flavor to the sauce. With two forks, ‘pull’ the chicken apart until all the chicken breasts are shredded. Add the black beans to the chicken and combine well.
3. In a Nutribullet or blender, add the chipotle sauce, garlic, onion, chopped tomatoes, paprika, cayenne pepper and cumin and blitz until a smooth sauce has formed.
4. Add the sauce to the chicken and black beans – the heat from the chicken will help absorb some of the sauce and also soften the black beans.
5. Serve on top of a romaine lettuce and shredded cabbage base and sprinkle on some fat free cheddar. You could also add a dollop of salsa, Greek yoghurt/sour cream and guacamole. To add more carbohydrates to the meal, you could add rice or a wrap, or could even make your own nachos by slicing wraps and grilling until crispy! This recipe is so versatile and adaptable!