COOKING WITH MORGAN: Mexican Chicken, Sweet and Black Bean Skillet

Morgan Hansen is a Chewelah resident with a large recipe book, so here are some of her cooking secrets!

Mexican Chicken, Sweet and Black Bean Skillet

-2 teaspoons olive oil
-1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
-1/2 cup diced yellow onion
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-1 teaspoon chili powder
-1 teaspoon dried oregano
-3/4 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
-1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
-1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
-1 sweet potato, peeled, par-cooked and diced (see note on par-cooking)
-1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
-15 ounces canned black beans, rinsed and drained
-4 ounces diced green chiles (canned)
-1/3 cup salsa or red enchilada sauce
-1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Colby Jack cheese
-1/2 lime, juiced
-1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (optional)

1. Heat the olive oil in a large (10-12 inch) cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

2. In a small bowl, combine all of the spices.

3. When the skillet is hot, add in the chicken and spread into an even layer, then sprinkle with half of the spice blend.

4. Sauté the chicken for approximately 3 minutes, then add in the onion.

5. Continue to cook for several more minutes or until the onion has softened and the chicken is cooked through.

6. Lower the heat to medium and add in the remaining spice blend, sweet potato, cherry tomatoes, black beans, green chiles and salsa or enchilada sauce.

7. Stir together and cook until the mixture is heated through, approximately 2-3 minutes.

8. Squeeze the lime juice over everything then top with the shredded cheese.

9. Cover with a lid or lay a piece of foil on top of the skillet until the cheese has melted.