Photo: John Autry; Styling: Mindi Shapiro
4 servings (serving size: 1 breast half or 1 leg and 1 thigh and about 1 1/4 cups bean mixture)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

jcaseykiawah's Review

October 25, 2010
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.

7laakes's Review

October 16, 2012
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.

Evasears's Review

October 16, 2011
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.

naanny's Review

August 11, 2013
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.

ChicagoChef82's Review

November 04, 2010
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!

jmeleeS's Review

March 24, 2014
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!

SharonDeol's Review

September 24, 2010
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's Review

October 25, 2010
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.

ktleyed's Review

October 12, 2013
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!

SydBlinks's Review

June 13, 2012
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.