Chicken Soft Tacos with Black Eyed Peas

Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 55 minutes. Make this low-fat, fiber-packed meal from Chef Jesse Frost on busy weeknights or anytime you want an easy, flavorful meal.


Makes 5 servings (serving size: 1 taco)

Nutritional Information

Calories 293
Fat 4 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 1 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 24 g
Carbohydrate 50 g
Fiber 10 g
Cholesterol 37 mg
Iron 4 mg
Sodium 331 mg
Calcium 120 mg


1 (16-ounce) can black-eyed peas or black beans, rinsed and drained
1/8 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
10 ounce skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons vegetable broth
5 whole wheat tortillas
10 cup shredded romaine lettuce (about 8 ounces)
3 chopped tomatoes (about 14 ounces)
1 chopped red onion (about 4 ounces)
3 tablespoons (1 ounce) shredded Cotija cheese or low-fat mozzarella


1. Place peas or beans in a medium saucepan with 3 cups of water and chili flakes; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, or until beans are tender. Remove from heat, and cool slightly, retaining cooking liquid.

2. Place bean mixture in a blender; pulse until beans are crushed but not pureed. Stir in cumin and 1 teaspoon of oregano. Transfer to bowl and set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 350°.

4. Place chicken breasts in a heatproof skillet. Drizzle lemon juice and broth over chicken. Sprinkle with remaining oregano. Cover pan and bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes, or until juices run clear. Cool slightly; cut into thin strips or shred by hand.

5. Turn oven down to 200°. Wrap tortillas with foil and place on baking sheet; bake for 15 minutes, or until warm and steamy.

6. Assemble tacos: Spread each tortilla with black eyed pea puree, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, and diced onion. Add strips of chicken, sprinkle with cheese, and serve.