This recipe is super easy to make, takes limited ingredients and tastes very good; all-in-all a winner / keeper for us! I used 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs and 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe and added some smoked paprika and garlic powder. I also substituted thyme for rosemary because that's what I had on hand. After the browning stage, it's just mix all the ingredients together and bake for the time indicated so a great option for Sunday night dinner. Plenty of leftovers for the week ahead so you can skip on night cooking during busy work weeks. Would absolutely make again; very budget friendly. Enjoy!
Tuscan Baked Chicken and Beans
This savory Italian-inspired recipe is a wonderful way to prepare a budget-friendly whole chicken. Fresh rosemary, cannellini beans, and canned diced tomatoes make this dish flavorful, yet simple to prepare.
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- Calories: 307
- Fat: 4.9g
- Saturated fat: 1.2g
- Monounsaturated fat: 1.5g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.4g
- Protein: 36g
- Carbohydrate: 30g
- Fiber: 9.5g
- Cholesterol: 91mg
- Iron: 5mg
- Sodium: 759mg
- Calcium: 238mg
- 1 (3 1/2-pound) roasting chicken
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 slices center-cut bacon
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups packed torn spinach
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 (16-ounce) cans cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
- 2. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Trim excess fat. Cut chicken into 2 breast halves, 2 drumsticks, and 2 thighs. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook bacon in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; chop and set aside, reserving drippings in pan. Add chicken pieces to reserved drippings in pan; cook for 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from pan; set aside.
- 3. Add onion and 1/8 teaspoon salt to pan; reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until onion begins to brown. Stir in bacon, spinach, rosemary, beans, and tomatoes; remove from heat. Arrange chicken pieces on top; bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 minutes. Discard skin before serving.
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