If you want to make a meal that will make your entire house smell like home, than this is the dish for you! It's super flavorful and ready in no time at all (well, it takes as long as the rice - about 20 minutes).
Chicken with Cilantro flavored Red Beans and Rice
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 package of yellow rice
1 can of red beans, drained and rinsed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp butter
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro*
salt and pepper
Add oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Slice garlic clove. Add to oil and watch it until it starts to turn brown. Gently remove sliced garlic from oil and discard. (This will leave a nice garlicy flavor, without allowing the garlic to burn.) Season chicken with salt and pepper, and place in pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until chicken is fully cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet, and cover chicken with foil.
Add butter to hot skillet. Add onions, and saute until translucent. Add drained and rinsed red beans, and saute until hot. Transfer entire mixture into cooked rice, and stir until combined. For the finishing touch, stir in chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper if needed. Serve!
I added a little homemade cornbread to round out the meal. (I baked the cornbread in a "corn cob" cast iron mold, like this. So cute!