Cajun Chicken Black Bean Bowls with Avocado, Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple

Course: Entrees
Difficulty: Easy
Pulse Type: Beans
Specialty Diet: Gluten Free
Occasion: Father's Day
Nutrition: 1/2 cup serving
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



  • 1 lb chicken breast boneless skinless; chopped into 1” pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large sweet potato or garnet yam; chopped into 1/2“ cubes
  • 2 bell peppers any color combo; chopped into 1” pieces
  • 1 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz can tomatoes fire roasted, diced; drained
  • 1/2 pineapple fresh; chopped (or more to taste)
  • 2 avocado peeled, pitted, sliced or chopped
  • parsley fresh, for garnish

Cajun Spice Mix:

  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika smoked
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sugar brown
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Citrus Mix:

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice


  1. Add sweet potatoes to a microwave safe dish along with 1/4 cup water. Cover and microwave 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the Citrus Mix in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. While the chicken is still on the cutting board, pat it very dry. Mix together the Cajun Spice Mix in a small bowl. Remove 1 tablespoon Mix (for potatoes/beans) and add remaining Mix to the chicken. Toss until evenly coated.
  4. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add chicken in an even layer and let cook undisturbed for 1-2 minutes/until seared. Flip chicken over and cook another 1-2 minutes until seared then add 2 tablespoons Citrus Mix. Reduce heat to medium-high and continue to cook and stir until chicken is cooked through, approximately 2 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  5. Wipe out skillet. Add one tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon Citrus Mix and heat over medium high heat. Add sweet potatoes, bell pepper and 1/2 tablespoon Cajun Spice Mix. Stir until evenly combined then pat into a single layer. Let cook approximately 2 minutes, until potatoes begin to char then continue to cook another 1-2 minutes until potatoes are fork tender. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
  6. Add black beans, fire roasted tomatoes, remaining Citrus Mix and remaining Cajun Mix to skillet over medium high heat. Cook for 2 minutes until warmed through.
  7. Divide black beans/tomatoes, chicken and potatoes/peppers between 4 bowls (more or less) along with avocado, pineapple and fresh parsley.