Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Stuffing

This Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Stuffing, created by Jeffrey Saad, is a delicious main dish option for Thanksgiving dinner!

If you want to change up your menu a bit for Thanksgiving this year, you’re going to love this post today!

Recently I was in Montana with these friends, who I consider very “warm” friends. I never dreamed I’d have friends all over the country when I started blogging 5 years ago, the connections being far more than acquaintances.

This group in particular is like family.

(Cheryl, Katie, Aggie, and me) :)

What are warm friends? When there are feelings of acceptance, love, lots of hugs, smiles, laughter, compliments, invitations, conversation, and encouragement.

Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Stuffing

Today I want to share with you Jeffrey Saad’s Cumin Chicken with Bush’s Black Bean Stuffing recipe. It’s fantastic and a great main dish to serve for Thanksgiving this year.

How comfortable are you cutting up a whole chicken? At our recent retreat, we got a great lesson from Jeffrey on how to cut a chicken.

W also did some grilling. We had 2 variations of the recipe, both turning out fantastic.

The taste and flavor from tossing the tortillas on the grill, and mixing in with the peppers to make a “stuffing” was brilliant!

A delicious, tasty black bean recipe that just may replace your Thanksgiving stuffing!


Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Stuffing

Jeffrey’s Saad’s tasty black bean recipe that just may replace your Thanksgiving stuffing.


  • 5 pounds whole chicken
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seed
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup or honey
  • STUFFING : 1 each green pasilla chile*
  • 1 each jalapeño pepper*
  • 4 each corn tortillas (6 inch)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) BUSH’S® Black Beans or BUSH’S® Reduced Sodium Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 6 wedges lime


  1. Cleanout inside of chicken, rinse chicken inside and out with cold water. Pat dry with paper towel and cut chicken into pieces.
  2. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper and lightly cover with oil. Mix cumin seeds with agave syrup and set aside.
  3. Set one side of clean, well-oiled grill to medium high heat and the other side to medium low heat. When grill is hot, using tongs, place chicken skin side down on hot side of grill until there are nice grill marks (about 5 minutes). Then flip chicken over (skin side up), place on cooler side of grill, close grill lid and let chicken cook (3-5 minutes for breast meat; 12 minutes for bone in leg/thigh meat).
  4. In the last two minutes of cooking, brush cumin seeds and agave syrup on both sides of chicken and cook each side for one minute. Chicken is done when internal temperature reaches 160 degrees  F.
  5. Remove chicken from grill and let rest at least 10 minutes before serving.
  6. For Stuffing: Using metal tongs blacken chile and jalapeño peppers on the grill for 3 minutes per side. Place chile and jalapeño in small bowl, cover with foil tightly. Let sit for 10 minutes. Once cool, wipe skin off (do not rinse under water). Discard stems. Discard seeds (unless you want it spicier). Chop chile and jalapeño into ½-inch pieces. Set aside.
  7. Using metal tongs, place tortillas on the grill for 30 seconds on each side or until slightly charred. Chop tortillas into ¾-inch strips.
  8. Pour black beans in medium-sized grill-safe pan. Add chile, jalapeño, tortillas, chicken stock, paprika and ¼ teaspoon salt. Place the pan directly on the grill and heat just until mixture comes to a boil. Remove pan from heat and set aside to cool briefly.
  9. Serve chicken with a side of black bean stuffing and garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.
  10. *Substitution: Use ½ cup canned roasted chiles in place of green pasilla chile and jalapeño pepper.
All images and text ©

(Top photo of the Bush’s group courtesy of Crackle Photography.)

Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Stuffing

90 comments on “Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Stuffing”

  1. yes, i know how to cut up a chicken. i have never made beans with chicken, but look forward to trying same.

  2. Yes, I learned how to cut up a chicken in a home ec course in college. I stood in front of the class with a chicken and a knife and the professor explained how it was done as I cut it up. Never have forgotten that lesson!

    My favorite chicken and bean recipe would have to be White Lightning Texas Chili. Yummo!

  3. I have cut up a chicken before, but not well. : )

    My favorite way to cook chicken and beans together is to put chicken breasts in the crockpot and cover them with salsa and black beans. Then I shred them either over a big salad or in tortillas.

  4. This looks like a blast with some of my favorite people! Great giveaway

  5. I do know how to cut up a chicken, but I confess, I don’t do it very much!
    I love to add black beans, rice and chicken broth with my cooked chicken! Thanks for the chance!

  6. I can cut up a chicken, sort of! The hardest part for me is getting the leg away from the thigh without shredding the meat! Ha! My favorite recipe with chicken and beans is chicken tostadas. I used diced or shredded cooked chicken, black beans mashed up so they’re like refried, and lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jar taco sauce, all over heated tostada shells. My family loves these and they are quick and easy.

  7. I have no idea how to cut up a chicken–and I’m not sure I want to learn! I HATE touching raw meat!

  8. I’m not sure I cut up a chicken correctly… but I sure love this giveaway!!
    What a great post… great recipe… and GREAT giveaway!
    Thanks Sandy!

  9. I have never cut up a raw chicken before, but I’ve been thinking about trying it lately. I’m worried it would gross me out too much! =)

  10. I have cut up a whole chicken before. I am not very good at it but I have done it. As for making beans and chicken I have not done anything other than just the plain beans with a grilled chicken on the side.

  11. Oh…I have cut up chickens but I am really not that good at it. I need a true lesson. My favorite recipe with chicken and beans is White Chicken Chili…..good on these fall evenings!

  12. Sad to say I don’t know. I should learn b/c it’s a lot cheaper than buying one cut up most of the time. I think I need better knives!

    My favorite bean recipe is either red beans and rice in the crockpot or homemade refried beans, either from canned or dry.

  13. I do not know how to cut up a whole chicken but I wish I did. My favorite recipe with chicken and beans are fajitas. Yummy.

  14. Hi! I’ve not yet tried to cut up a chicken; it’s a little intimidating! One of my favorite chicken and beans recipe is White Chicken Chili. Yum!

  15. “Know” how is definitely a stretch…I’ve done it, but not well. And I don’t have a fave chicken/bean recipe, but this one you’ve shared looks like it’s in contention to be the one!

  16. I can’t cut up a chicken. We always end up with the weirdest pieces when I try, that and a “butterflied” finger or two on the cook.
    I’m hopeless!

  17. I’ve never cut up a chicken and I’m not all that sure that I would want to. My husband and I do not like dark meat. Using a whole chicken seems like a waste to us.

  18. I can cut up a chicken… didn’t we all learn when we started buying those whole cooked chickens from the grocery store?!!! I make a recipe called Pam’s cans….it’s a mexican layered dish…easy and tastes great!

  19. ive never cut up a whole chicken. tacos with chicken and beans and all kinds of onions and toppings are yum

  20. I don’t know how to cut up a chicken because I have been a vegetarian for most of my life! But I love the sound of this Black Bean stuffing (and stuffing doesn’t necessarily need to be “stuffed” to be yummy!). The only Bush’s beans I’m familiar with are the baked beans — which I love!

  21. I’ve cut up a whole chicken once. And there were tears. I now ask the butcher. And I’m okay with it.


  22. I have never cut up a chicken. and never really cooked with beans all that much….hope that doesn’t disqualify me from the contest :P

  23. Yes, I can cut up a whole chicken.
    My favorite black bean recipe is black bean salsa! mmmmm

  24. I never cut a whole chicken up. I love bean soup.

  25. I know how to cut up a chicken; my grandmother taught me when I was about 10 years old. But I don’t do it because the whole bone-breaking sound gives me some serious heebee-jeebees!

  26. Sadly, I do not know how to cut up a whole chicken!

    My favorite recipe using beans and chicken is probably white chicken chili. It is a really popular dish around here (in East TN) and is served at a very popular restaurant. I am happy to report that I can make it at home for a fraction of the cost!

  27. Love putting beans, chicken and salsa in the crockpot.

    I DO NOT enjoy cutting up chicken (C:

  28. I do not know how to cut up a chicken but think it is time for me to learn. I don’t combine chicken and beans very often and the recipe you feature sure is a winner. I will try it!

  29. As a mom of five, I definitely know how to cut up a whole chicken. When my kids comment on how gross it is, I tell them to get a good job so they can afford to buy chicken pieces. :)

    I don’t have a bean/chicken recipe so I’d love to hear about some. Thanks, Sandy.

  30. I can cut up a chicken if I need to, but I’m not great at it.

    We eat black beans several times a week at our house. We love them! The most recent thing I made was chicken nachos with black beans for lunch. In just a few short minutes, they were all gone!

  31. I have never cut a whole chicken and not sure that I would know how. White chicken chilli would be one of my favorite chicken and bean recipes.

  32. I know how to cut up a chicken, but if I cut it up I can’t eat it. Weird, right?

    My favorite Chicken and beans recipe is one I toss together after work sometimes. Cut chicken breast into cubes, saute, add diced onion and sometimes bell pepper, then add a cup or two of rice and continue to saute until the rice has a little color. Add salt, cumin, a can of diced tomatoes, diced green chiles, a can of Black beans, water and whatever spices I think are needed. Cover, simmer until tasty. Eat with cornbread!

  33. I do not know how to cut up a chicken, a little scary for me. My fav easy recipe for chicken is equal parts of left over chicken cube, black beans, brown rice and cooked corn off the cob. Top with a little sour cream and salsa–YUMMMMM. Healthy and easy my two favorite things!!!

  34. I have never cut up a whole chicken, at least not an uncooked one!

    Chicken tacos or nachos with beans are a favorite around our house!

  35. I don’t know how to work with an entire chicken and I have never used beans with chicken. So, thanks for the post. :)

  36. If I am put to the test with a map and a new set of kitchen shears (my broke) I can definitely do it. Without the map – forget it!

    My current favorite meal with black beans and chicken would have to be enchilada stew. So delicious, and i haven’t made it for a while….hmmm….definitely time to put it on the menu.

    Oh, and black beans are my favorite! I pretty much substitute them for most recipes calling for pinto or kidney beans.

  37. I actually used to teach foods at a University and taught how to cut up a chicken. My most memorable class was when a girl in the front row passed out cold when I separated the leg quarter from the body.

  38. I know how to cut up a chicken, but I could use more practice! My favorite chicken-bean recipe is a layered southwestern salad: lettuce, shredded chicken, black beans, corn, diced red peppers, shredded cheese, salsa, seasoned sour cream, avocado ~ so easy and so good!

  39. I have absolutely NO IDEA how to cut up a chicken! I feel bad that I don’t, and I get the breasts already pre-cut in the grocery store. I like to make homemade burritos or nachos with black beans–I add a tortilla, lettuce, tomato, guac, salsa, perhaps some sour cream, and red peppers…mmm I’m getting hungry! Yay for this giveaway :)

  40. I do NOT know how to cut up a chicken!
    My favorite recipe is a Mexican chicken and bean soup, that is just delicious.

  41. Oh, yum, what a great giveaway too!

    Do you know how to cut up a whole chicken? I know HOW but would rather not.

    What’s your favorite “beans” recipe, using chicken? Right now it is a simple rice/bean/chicken/Rotel bowl. Fave staple in the summer. I need to figure a fave for winter.

  42. My Mom taught me years ago how to section a whole chicken. I’ve only done it a hand full of times since, unfortunately. May need a refresher course ;) Cooking chicken with beans… I’d have to say the beans w/ rice take side dish for my enchiladas.

  43. I can honestly say that I have never cut up a whole chicken. When I was 4’ish I used to watch my grandparents butcher chickens. They used to always show me the little eggs that were being formed. (Too much info?!?)

    My favorite bean recipes, hands down, is crockpot Calico Beans! I was so excited to make them last week when the weather cooled down. Yum! It is a recipe that all of my children love, too. You can’t beat that.

  44. I am too intimidated to cut up a chicken! I’m fine roasting them, making tons of different recipes for all the different parts but can’t bring myself to cut one up…

    And I don’t cook with beans, my husband does not like them at all. I love all the bean recipes you share though, it gives me hope that I can eventually make something with them!

  45. Yes, I do know how to cut up a chicken. My mom taught me when I was young. She taught me to always have a very sharp knife and where to “feel” for the joints to get the perfect thigh and leg.

    This recipe looks tasty. My favorite bean recipe is pinto beans with bacon, onion and jalapenos.

  46. I do not know how to cut up a chicken…sadly, but my husband does, so I’ve always deferred to him. I was a houseparent at a children’s home for the last year and all we got were whole chickens. They intimidate me — all I can think to do with them is roast them!

    My favorite recipe with beans and chicken has got to be some Southwestern crock-pot throw together using whatever’s on hand — a good reason to keep beans in the pantry at all times.

    Great giveaway — thanks for hosting! :)

  47. I don’t know how to cut up a whole chicken with ease. I’d love to know how to do it well. My favorite recipe with chicken and beans is chicken tortilla soup!

  48. I do know how to cut up a chicken. I hate to do it, though. Only if I have to. :-)

    I don’t have a chicken and bean recipe. Is that sad?

  49. Sadly I have never learned to cut up a chicken. Finding the head stuffed inside the chicken when I was an exchange student and at Girl Scout camp in Cyprus I have never cared to touch another whole chicken for fear of finding another head stuffed inside the cavity. Over the years I have actually developed an food allergy to chicken so I do not cook it any more; therefore no beans and chicken recipe. I do love to cook with beans in my Mexican meals and in my crockpot soups. Mmmmm.

  50. I have had a few opportunities to learn in “chicken classes”, but just couldn’t bring myself to go. I still use skinless, boneless breasts….I know wasting money, but just can’t go the cut up myself route. I use Bush’s Great Northern Beans in White Chicken Chili; and Bush’s Black Beans in Santa Fe Chicken.

    BTW, didn’t you just love Paws Up, and Crackle is fabulous. I live down the road a bit in Missoula, Montana.

  51. Oh my … I love Jeffrey, and loved him on Next Food Network Star. Glad he has his own show now on the Food Channel. How cool to be friends. The recipe sounds so yummy.

    As for your questions …. hmmmmmm …. Can I cut up a whole chicken? I have done it a time or two, but the results weren’t the same as when my mama does it. And I do not have a recipe that combines beans and chicken.

  52. I don’t know how to cut up a whole chicken.
    I love to make frito boats w/any kind of beans. Tortilla chips or Fritos on bottom, any kind of warm beans on top, chopped onion, shredded cheese…lettuce anything you want. Yum.

  53. I do know how to cut up a chicken, but I don’t get much practice! We love chicken tortilla soup with plenty of beans.

  54. Yes, I know how to cut up a whole chicken and use kitchen shears. I really like the recipe you’ve shared and definitely want to try it. Yum yum. Thanks for the gorgeous photos to show you’re time with the Bush’s Bean Babes!

  55. I have cut up a whole chicken before, but I just make it up as I go – so does that mean I technically know how ? :) ummm…I will go with yes. My hubby likes nachos with black beans and chicken – that is the only think I can think of that I have made that has both beans and chicken in it…but I love trying new recipes and this one looks very yummy!

  56. I cut up chickens all the time, but I don’t know if I’m doing it the right way. It works for me anyway and the chicken’s not too upset about it. It still gets eaten!
    My favorite dish with beans and chicken has to be Asopao de pollo (Puerto Rican chicke stew) served over rice. Great time of year for it!

  57. I have never cut up a whole chicken -but I should learn , it would save us money and actually our boys like the legs and thighs better than the breast meat . We always add black beans to our taco salads and nachos. This is a great give away! .

  58. I love crazy love…in fresh salsas, as side dishes and my favorite -with grilled chicken and gooey cheese in an enchilada…I actually crave kidney beans sometimes & I will open a can, rinse them and- ahem- have a few spoonfuls… :) yes, my husband knows this! hee hee
    Blessings to you all!

  59. I do not know how or think I would enjoy cutting up a whole chicken. My favorite recipe with chicken and beans is chicken chili. Great this time of year. What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you.

  60. While teaching classes on monthly cooking, I was surprised by the number of women who didn’t know how to cut up a whole chicken, so that became part of the class. With surgical gloves (these are always in my kitchen), even those who didn’t like to touch the meat were able to do it. It is the most economical way to buy chicken, and so versatile.

    Your recipe looks great!

  61. Haven’t tried to cut up a whole chicken — but had a hilarious (and frustrating) time trying to “truss” a chicken once. I’ll try again until I can do it! Love that outdoor cooking for thanksgiving. In Louisiana it can be cold on Thanksgiving — or we can be wearing shorts!! Just never know!

  62. No, I don’t know how to cut up a chicken. I could butcher the chicken really well, while cutting him up! – – I do make chicken and bean burritos, that my family loves!

  63. I can *almost* cut up a whole chicken but I get stuck near the end. Those bones, those bones…
    I don’t’ have a favorite chicken and beans recipe unless you count my famous chicken enchiladas that I serve with either black beans or frijoles a la charra…

    Sure love your blog.

  64. I am not a skilled chicken-cutter-upper, but we do make rice and beans with grilled chicken on a bi-weekly basis, using the filling for burritos, tacos, and enchiladas. They’re some of my kids’ favorite meals!

  65. I learned how to cut up a chicken when I was working at the Raley’s Deli back when I was 20. I have since forgotten…I’ll have to brush up on my skills! Thanks for this beautiful post. Can’t wait to try this recipe. ;)

  66. I have chopped up a chicken a couple of times, although it grosses me out!! I make chicken stuffed peppers: peppers (prefer red), cooked chicken, beans, spanish rice, cheese. Its good, easy and I can make up a bunch to freeze, also I can omit the chicken for my veggie daughter :)

  67. I do know how to cut up a whole chicken, though I’ve never actually done so myself. I usually just cook it in a large stockpot until it falls apart on its own. My favorite chicken and beans dish… Enchiladas, of course!

  68. Chicken, black beans, salsa, corn, spinach – Southwest salad – with a dressing of sour cream and BBQ sauce. Pretty healthy and delicious. Not so good at cutting up a chicken – can do it, but tend to get basic and quick by pulling the dern thing apart after cooking. Love the giveaway!!! Thx

  69. I have no idea how to cut up a chicken so this will be a good learning experience! I like to use white chili beans with chicken breasts to make chili in my crockpot. Thanks for the recipe! It looks delicious. :)

  70. Yes, I know how to cut up a chicken but I prefer to purchase it already cut up. I’m excited to try the recipe and grill one last time before the snow comes this week.

  71. Yes, I know how to cut up a whole chicken. My family enjoys chicken chili.

  72. I know how to in my mind, have watched it done, but when it comes to actually having done it, I haven’t. Usually my man likes the choppy choppy part.

  73. I don’t cut up a whole chicken very often, but when I do, I have to get out my Joy of Cooking as my guide. I love, love, love chicken dishes with beans. My mom taught me many variations of “pollo con frijoles”. After I read this post, before I sat down to comment, I got up to soak a pot of pinto beans. Thanks! I’m printing out this recipe, looks right up my alley!

  74. I’ve never cut up a whole chicken yet- I’m a perpetual work in progress ( : but I learned a few years ago how to roast one and how to make an awesome crockpot chicken noodle soup with one.

  75. Forgot to add my favorite beans recipe using chicken. . . White Chicken Chili from the back of the Bush’s Navy Bean can. I substitute rotisserie chicken for this recipe so it’s fast weeknight meal for my family of 5.

  76. I love your blog…I learned how to cut up a chicken watching Food TV…haha. My favorite recipes include a Taco soup with lots of beans and I often use frozen vegetable protein, a ground beef substitute plan to try it with chicken now that fall is here. So glad you are working with Bush’s…love their beans!! And am glad they are giving you new “bean” recipes.

  77. Do you know how to cut up a whole chicken? Heck no! Just the thought of it frightens me!!

    What’s your favorite “beans” recipe, using chicken? I think your Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Stuffing will soon be!

  78. I do not know how to cut up a whole chicken, and I have to mention that i really don’t think I want to. (yucky). Anyway. Thanks for the recipe. I will be substituting a whole cut up fryer {{{smiles}}} . My favorite recipe with beans and chicken is white chicken chile, in the crock pot. Thanks for the giveaway. Love that Apron.!!

  79. Yes, I know how to cut up a whole chicken, and I do so quite often. It’s a lot cheaper that way ;)

    My favorite beans and chicken recipe – I don’t like beans but my son loves my white bean and chicken chili, so I’ll go with that! (PS – he’s a huge bean lover, so if I win the prize package is all his except for the grill pan!!)

  80. Yes I know how to cut up a whole chicken- but perfer not to…bad childhood memories =)
    I make a 5 different cans of beans tri tip chili does that count?
    Love the recipe you shared.
    Im off to pin it.

  81. i do not know how to cut up a whole chicken and and i love chicken bean burrito recipe so good

  82. I do not know exactly how to cut up a whole chicken but I have seen it done on The Food Network :) I usually buy the rotiserie chickens for soup or fresh chicken already cut up.
    Right now I can not think of a recipe I make that incorporates chicken AND beans.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  83. Yes, I can cut up a chicken, learned from a friend at college. My favorite bean recipe is my sister Kathleen’s Baked Beans recipe. It has multiple kinds of canned beans, cheese and bacon. It’ s always a hit at family reunions.

  84. I do not know how to cut up a chicken!
    That recipe looks really good. What a wonderful giveaway!
    monk5 at charter dot net

  85. I don’t know how to cook up a chicken

  86. chili is my favorite dish to make with the beans thanks

  87. My grandma taught me how to cut one up (she grew and cooked her own), and I love shredded chicken and black beans burritos with lots of shredded mozzarella.

  88. So I knew there was a reason I sat down to check a few blogs before midnight hehe =) j
    yes, I know how to cut up a whole chicken….but it still kind of grosses me out =(
    My favorite recipe with chicken and beans would have to be the speedy southwestern salad.
    Romaine, cheese, corn, black beans, taco chips, chicken, and the dressing is 1/2 ranch 1/2 picante sauce. We make it mild b/c of the children =) So good, so yummy and so fast on a busy summer night when we’ve been out in the garden !

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