Cuban Chicken with Black Bean Quinoa

Cuban Chicken with Black Bean Quinoa

In my most recent blog post entitled “Time for Spring Cooking”, I mention cooking with friends and going to grocery stores to learn from local chefs. Chef Patrick Mathieu (@StationHouseCCo) is my all time favourite chef  at a local grocery store who was also on Chopped Canada!  His recipes are beyond flavourful, not too complex and very versatile. This Cuban Chicken with Black Bean Quinoa was demonstrated by Patrick  for our class and it was sensational.  Patrick caters events and is also a local Waterloo firefighter.

This is a slightly adapted version of his delectable recipe and the recipe can be made into a vegetarian version by leaving out the chicken.


Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4



½ cup orange juice

¼ cup lime juice or 1 lime juiced

1 tsp honey or brown sugar

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp cumin

1 handful cilantro, chopped

fresh ground pepper


4 chicken thighs with skin on

1 Tbsp butter or margarine

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 bell peppers, thinly sliced

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground cumin

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups (500mL) low sodium chicken broth

1 can black beans, rinsed

1 lime

fresh cilantro



  1. Combine first seven ingredients to make a marinade. In a bowl, coat the chicken with marinade. Allow the chicken to marinate at least 30 minutes or up to eight hours.
  2. In a deep skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade and place skin-side down in the pan. Cook with a lid on until no pink remains, about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.
  4. Add onion to the skillet along with a pinch of salt and cook for 3-5 minutes until soft and translucent. Note: if skillet is dry you will need to add more butter before adding onions.
  5. Add in peppers and cook, stirring until softened, about 3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, quinoa and stir until the quinoa is coated.
  7. Pour in the chicken broth and black beans and stir to combine everything.
  8. Increase the heat to high and simmer until liquid begins to be absorbed into the quinoa. Cooking quinoa takes approximately 20 minutes.
  9. Plate quinoa and black beans and add piece of chicken on top. Garnish with fresh cilantro and lime wedges.