Wednesday, September 10, 2008

One-Dish Rosemary Chicken and White Beans

If you do not subscribe to the My Recipes "Dinner Tonight" newsletter already, you really should. You receive an email everyday with a recipe for dinner as well as other helpful hints and menus. Everyday! Sometimes the recipes don't really fit our tastes, but they always start the creative juices going in my brain and introduce new ideas.

This particular recipe is from Cooking Light and it came together in a snap. Chicken thighs are my new love (does that sound weird to say?). After eating chicken breasts forever, the richness and texture of the thighs are amazing (also weird, I guess!). Not to mention that they are my meat of choice for anything braised or slow cooked. So the thighs combined with the creamy white beans and the tomato sauce make a filling, warming, delicious meal.

Modifications I made to this recipe include:
  • using only 4 chicken thighs. I am not sure how small the chickens are in the Cooking Light kitchens, but at my grocery store a pound of chicken thighs only gives me four.
  • omitting the olives. Not a fave of Chuck's so I left them out.
  • using Great Northern Beans (Goya). Whenever a recipe calls for navy, white, or cannellini beans, I head straight for the Great Northern.
  • changing the cooking time. I didn't do it this time, but next time I make this tasty dish I will cook it low and slow. Meaning that instead of covering and simmering for 10 minutes at medium heat after adding the tomatoes and beans, I will try covering and simmering for at least 30 minutes at low heat. Make sure the chicken is cooked of course, but I would also like the sauce to be thicker and the flavors to meld better.

I served this with the suggested spinach and slivered red onion salad with red wine vinaigrette.

One-Dish Rosemary Chicken and White Beans

Cooking Light

Makes 2 servings (with 4 chicken thighs)

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 pound)
1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (15-ounce) can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine rosemary, salt, and pepper; sprinkle over one side of chicken.

Place chicken in pan, seasoned side down; cook 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; turn chicken. Add tomatoes and beans; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is done. Stir in olives.

5 comments:

Joelen said...

I need to cook more with beans since they are not only great on a budget but filling too! This looks great and I agree with you on the chicken thighs. They really are much more flavorful that the usual boneless, skinless breasts. Thanks for the rec to sign up on My Recipes too!

Katie said...

Yum! I am a sucker for anything with beans. I just love them!

Katie said...

Why do you keep making all these things that I absolutely LOVE?!?! Rosemary and chicken are my fave and beans? yum!!

Colleen said...

Joelen,
Yes, I love beans since they are so cheap and such a good source of protein!

Katie - I can't help it, we think that same! lol

Nicole said...

I made an awesome Rachel Ray recipe this week that I found on the food network website- Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs with a Mushroom Sauce- not usually a fan of hers, but the recipe was pretty easy and AWESOME!