Tuscan Baked Chicken and Beans

  • sscully Posted: 09/26/10
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    This is an outstanding dish. It is restaurant quality and I would definitely make it again.

  • daneanp Posted: 09/21/10
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    When I'm in the mood for home-made roasted chicken, this recipe will from now on be at the top of my go-to list. It is simply outstanding in flavor. It is hard to believe this is a "light" recipe because the flavors are so intense. I doubled the spinach and because I didn't separate the leg and thigh portion, I increased the cooking time by 10 minutes. I served it with couscous to soak up the wonderful juices. It is a bit time consuming to prepare but definitely worth the effort. I wouldn't hesitate to serve this to guests. Even my picky 13 year old loved it. A wonderful dish for fall - you won't be disappointed.

  • JuliKay2u Posted: 01/31/11
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    It wasn't bad, it just wasn't a great recipe like so many of the CL recipes I've made in the past. I did a package of chicken thighs, and even with those small pieces it took twice as long as listed in the recipe for the chicken to be cooked all the way through. I really had high hopes for this recipe, but it just didn't meet my expectations.

  • cprnncc Posted: 09/20/10
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    Solid Recipe First time out I always follow the directions, next time, I will add a little chopped garlic with the onion and twice as much spinach because it seemed to have disappeared. I would have preferred pre-soaked and partially cookeddry beans because I felt the beans were a little mushy although my family didn't mind the mushiness. Should have served with a nice crusty bread. All in all very taste and a change from the mundane and a very nice weeknight dinner and good enough to serve as a casual dinner to guests.

  • SharonDeol Posted: 09/24/10
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    We loved it! Followed the recipe exactly. Tasted great and even better the second day. Will definitely make it again and again. And it was quite easy to make - I would bring this to a pot luck sometime or serve it to friends(although I might debone the chicken in that case). Served with a side salad as suggested.

  • KristiLA Posted: 10/25/10
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    This was a great meal. The only things I changed were to used dried rosemary, great northern beans, and fire roasted diced tomatoes. I browned my chicken a couple minutes longer per side because I had a 5lb chicken. Turned out fabulous. My 8 year old gave it 2 thumbs up. Serve with warm bread. Great one pot meal.

  • GeeLisa Posted: 10/19/10
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    I usually shy away from bone-in chicken recipes, but this one appealed to me. It was so easy and the hands-on time was fairly quick, surprisingly perfect for a weeknight. Not to mention that only one pan got dirty! I bought a whole cut-up chicken, and followed the other reviewers who suggested doubling the spinach and adding some garlic. It was flavorful and very pretty, especially coming out of the oven in the pan.

  • HeatherLynn Posted: 11/19/10
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    Terrific, easy recipe. But it definitely needs garlic. I would throw in about 4-5 cloves (but I love the stuff).

  • Otterstamp Posted: 02/22/11
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    This just came out of the oven simmering and looking and smelling like heaven. I sampled it to make sure it's as good as it looks and man, is it awesome. I subbed kale for spinach since that's what I had on hand and I'm not supposed to be eating spinach. I also added a bit of extra rosemary, paranoid that that little bit wouldn't be enough to flavor all the greens and beans in there. The flavors married well, which I wasn't expecting! I will be serving this with a whole wheat baguette for an on-the-go dinner tonight.

  • kefitzpatrick Posted: 09/21/10
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    I used 4 chicken thighs and 3 bone in breast because that is what I had on hand. I doubled the rosemary and spinach. Will add garlic next time too. Family loved the recipe. I did remove the chicken from the breast bones and slice up for presentation and ease of eating. Will add this to our regular rotation of meals. Worthy of dinner for guests.

  • CaliforniaTeri Posted: 10/06/10
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    Very welcoming dish, went together quickly. A definite for fall/winter, and nice enough for company.

  • 9167111 Posted: 03/14/11
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    This is a fantastic keeper! What can I say, it's easy, cheap, fast and all in one pot...

  • jlparke Posted: 09/23/10
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    We really enjoyed this recipe--even my hard to please 12 year old. Didn't change a thing in it. Definitely this goes on my list of keepers and repeaters. I just used thighs. For a salad had tomatoes,bufala mozzarella and tomatoes with it. I would serve this at a casual meal with company.

  • LilySueB Posted: 09/22/10
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    This was a healthy meal overall. I served it with some crusty halal bread we had leftover. As mentioned by others, I would probably add garlic and more rosemary next time. I liked this simple and colorful dish, and I've already recommended it to friends and family.

  • foody101 Posted: 09/22/10
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    I thought this dish was good, easy to make. I did add some garlic, white wine and fingerling potatoes and used only 1 can of beans, It was great paired with a mixed green salad. The family loved it.

  • valhalla Posted: 09/23/10
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    A very comforting dish that I'll definitely be making again. Easy to prepare and put together. I used boneless, skinless thighs used dried herbs instead of fresh. I think I'll use more spinach next time. The recipe was right on target though and loved by all.

  • Lormick Posted: 09/27/10
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    Very delicious. One of the best recipes for chicken I have ever had. Will definitely make again. I did add some white wine to deglaze, then some chicken broth, garlic and red pepper flakes for additional flavor.

  • jcaseykiawah Posted: 10/25/10
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    Loved this dish and my family raved! Simple to make and perfect for a fall evening. I used a Le Crueset pan, which makes for a nice presentation to company when pulling out of the oven. I also bought a whole chicken and cut up. I would recommend bone-in for moistest chicken. I doubled the spinach and also added some red wine 20 minutes into the cooking.

  • LinFil Posted: 11/01/10
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    This is a superb recipe just as written. Delicious aroma while baking, beautiful presentation, and simple ingredients combine for a flavorful winner. A salad completes the meal. It's a definite keeper for our family.

  • Merleeeee Posted: 11/08/10
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    Fast, Easy and good!!

  • ChicagoChef82 Posted: 11/04/10
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    Very good recipe!! I used mostly boneless chicken breasts and they came out very tender. I also added sliced mushrooms to the onion mixture which added nice texture. I will for sure keep this recipe around!

  • SusannahM Posted: 01/07/11
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    Wish I could give this a ten--absolutely wonderful recipe! I'll make this again and again. I followed exactly as printed except I omitting the rosemary--only had fresh that I needed to pick from the bush and it was a monsoon outside.

  • srwfromorange Posted: 05/18/11
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    This is an outstanding one pot meal for a cold wintry evening. I used all thighs & a 14.5 oz can of spinach (drained). I'm sure the fresh spinach would have been better, but it was still cozy & satisfying. I served it with crusty bread to sop up the juices. Husband isnt a rosemary fan, but he said it was tolerable, he took leftovers for lunch today. Will add garlic next time tho.

  • koriander Posted: 05/22/11
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    Very good, flavorful, and easy! I used apple-wood center cut bacon, onion garlic pepper tomatoes, dried rosemary, 1 bag of baby spinach, and 4 chicken breasts w skin/ bone. I had to bake the chicken about 10 additional minutes. I mashed the beans slightly after cooking to thicken the sauce. I definitely would serve this with company.

  • Evasears Posted: 10/16/11
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    I have never served this without rave reviews. I add a bit more salt and buy chicken breasts with bones and thighs. I do cook the chicken longer than it says as the first time I served it the chicken was pink around the bone. A perfect prepare ahead meal. While it cooks fix a nice salad and you are good to go. Even the grandsons like this dish.

  • jenlab Posted: 12/11/11
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    I thought the beans were amazing! The spinach definitely needs to be doubled up at least. However, the chicken itself seemed rather bland and unexciting. It needs something and then this recipe would be a 5 star.

  • stacylynn Posted: 11/05/11
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    Very excellent meal & I was glad to see a CL recipe that called for cutting up a chicken yourself (much more economical than boneless pieces, plus you get parts to make stock), although I can't understand why they wouldn't use the wings which are a perfect size for my boys when served with a drumstick. I did add sliced mushrooms, a lot of garlic, extra rosemary & italian seasoned tomatoes (oversight--all I had in the cupboard, but the flavor worked well with the dish). I also subbed kale & really liked the added texture even after 40 minutes of baking (spinach usally disappears in dishes). I did make this in my large saute pan, & I don't know how it would have fit into a skillet without using the kale. Next time I make this (& I definitely will) I will probably use a dutch oven. Served with a simple salad & 9-grain bread.

  • lalongi Posted: 12/10/11
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    Chicken was ok, but the beans that were left we're fantastic...maybe making a soup from the recipe would be great. Don't use more than three pieces of bacon...will be too greasy If using bagged spinach, be sure to remove stems as they cook up long and stringy. Took to YcN staff Christmas party, doubled the recipe and only brought home one piece of chicken. Used all thighs and it worked great

  • 7laakes Posted: 10/16/12
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    Great rich meal. I used fresh tomatoes, and they cartelized in the oven. The flavors are so deep and rich. I served over quinoa, with broccoli on the side. I used chicken thighs as a confidence, and they were very flavorful.

  • wreed122 Posted: 09/27/12
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    Very good dish. I love how it all comes together in one pan. I did season the chicken with italian seasoning, though. Next time I will definitely add some fresh garlic with the onions. I also agree that it needs about a cup more spinach. I would give this dish a five star as well if the recipe called for more seasoning, but it is a great base to start with, and season to your tastes.

  • SydBlinks Posted: 06/13/12
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    Very good recipe. Surprisingly had very nice flavor without the use of many spices. Used Great Northern Beans, non-canned diced tomatoes, and chicken breasts only. Next time we might cut the chicken into chunks and mix it in with the bean mixture.

  • sirrah231 Posted: 03/28/13
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    Based on other reviewers, I did add a heap of garlic to the onions. And I skipped the whole chicken and just bought bone-in pieces from the store. But this was overall easy and impressive for guests. And super delicious! Even as leftovers. The beans may have been even better the next day. A definite keeper.

  • ktleyed Posted: 10/12/13
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    This was simply delicious and perfect for a chilly Autumn night, we all loved it! I added more fresh rosemary to mine and used a rosemary flavored sea salt instead of the kosher. Divine!

  • jmeleeS Posted: 03/24/14
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    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!

  • Homer78978 Posted: 03/21/14
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    This is a keeper. I was surprised how much flavor came out of a 10 ingredient, 1 pan dish. Added a few cloves of freshly minced garlic plus herbes de provence in addition to the rosemary. I tend to be pretty heavy handed when it comes to herbs and spices so not sure about the flavor if the recipe is followed exactly. The meal did produce more liquid than I expected but it was so good I can't wait to try it over mashed potatoes or soak it up with some crusty bread.

  • taves7 Posted: 01/17/14
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    I Don't eat pork so I omitted the bacon from this recipe and just cooked in oil. I added some spices but otherwise cooked the recipe as is. It was really good! It was easy to make and I just had to add about 10 minutes of cooking time overall. Would definitely make again.

  • Ventnor303 Posted: 12/17/13
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    One of my favorite go-to recipes. I usually use the smaller white beans, baby spinach and do add the garlic with the onions.

  • naanny Posted: 08/11/13
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    Really good one dish meal. I did add 5 medium cloves of garlic with the onion and used Trader Joes turkey bacon with a couple of tsp of olive oil. I also used a whole bag of leaf spinach and instead of cutting up a whole chicken, used 4 leg quarters. I did not have fresh rosemary so I used a tsp of dried. We loved this recipe and will definifely have it again.

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