Welcome to one of the easiest dinners in the world. A one dish, chicken and bean bake that is easy to prep and is easy to clean up. And, because there are a million different ways to combine or change flavors, your family will never get bored. The magic of the recipe is the juice of the chicken which drips down the pan and mixes with the herbs and spices. It leaves you with a delicious and healthy meal.
Now, it does take a bit of time in the oven. 30-50 minutes depending on your cut of chicken. But, there is only about 10 minutes of active prep time. The rest of the time the dish is cooking. Here is your plan for getting dinner on the table: Pre-heat the oven when you walk in the door, pull the dinner together while the oven is heating (or do it in the morning and keep it in the fridge until you are ready) put it in the oven and by the time you have changed clothes, checked on homework progress, and poured yourself a glass of wine, dinner will be ready.
Instead of a standard recipe, I decided to lay out the four individual steps with accompanying suggestions so that you will be able to print the recipe out and still know how to play around with the flavors.
- 2 cans of beans
- herbs and spices
- chicken (breast, thigh, or leg)
- Spread two cans of beans on the bottom of a casserole dish (think navy, pinto, garbanzo beans or black beans for a Mexican twist)
- Add a bit of chopped garlic (1-2 cloves) and fresh or dried herbs and spices (think rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano or paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes). Aim for 1-2 tablespoons of herbs and spices. Add salt and pepper
- Add one or two vegetables. (think chopped kale, chard, okra, peas, carrots, onions, cherry tomatoes, green beans). Fresh or frozen works too.
- Top off with your choice of chicken (breast, thigh, or leg) and season the top with salt and pepper.
- Chicken is cooked through when a thermometer inserted into the meat reaches 165 degrees.
I think this dish is quite filling on it’s own. Sometimes I add a dinner roll on the side or a slice of baguette to mop up the juices, but this truly is a one dish dinner!