Herb-Roasted Chicken-and-Bean Casserole

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6 servings (serving size: 1 piece of chicken and 1 cup beans)


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1 pound dried cranberry beans or pinto beans
2 quarts water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
3 garlic cloves, halved
4 bay leaves, divided
3 chicken drumsticks (about 3/4 pound), skinned
3 chicken thighs (about 3/4 pound), skinned
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs


Sort and wash beans, and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans, and discard liquid. Combine beans, 2 quarts water, 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, garlic halves, and 2 bay leaves in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until almost tender. Drain bean mixture in a colander over a bowl, reserving 2 cups liquid. Discard 2 bay leaves.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from skillet. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, carrot, onion, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, and minced garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender.

Layer half of beans in the bottom of the Dutch oven. Add the carrot mixture, chicken, and remaining beans. Add the reserved 2 cups cooking liquid, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 2 bay leaves. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours or until chicken and beans are tender, spooning cooking liquid over beans occasionally. Remove from oven; discard bay leaves.

Preheat broiler.

Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, chopped parsley, and breadcrumbs, and toss the parsley mixture well. Sprinkle the parsley mixture over the chicken and beans. Broil for 2 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned.

Note: Each serving provides 405 micrograms of folate.

Created date

May 2004

Nutritional Information

Calories 423
Caloriesfromfat 17 %
Fat 8.1 g
Satfat 1.5 g
Monofat 4.3 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 30.6 g
Carbohydrate 58.2 g
Fiber 10.6 g
Cholesterol 52 mg
Iron 6 mg
Sodium 735 mg
Calcium 131 mg