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Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans

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Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans is a comforting autumn dish that is easy to pull together any day of the week.

Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans

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The first taste of Fall arrived this morning. 62 degrees with the highs only getting to the mid-70s sometime this afternoon. I am not complaining one little bit. After several weeks of 90 degree weather every day this is a much needed respite from the scorching summer heat. And with cooler temperatures, my mind turns to warmer more comforting food. This is braising weather.

What is braising?

Braising basically means simmering meat and/or veggies in liquid for a long period of time. The liquid should only cover about half of the contents of the pot so that you aren’t boiling your dinner but the liquid helps the meat stay nice and juicy. Pot roast is a classic braised dish as well as osso bucco (which I have a fabulous version of here using beef shanks instead of veal). Chicken thighs are also fantastic braised and they cook up quick enough for an easy weeknight meal.



How to Braise Chicken Thighs

So how do you braise? You can do it a couple of ways. In the oven (on a low temp like 325 degrees) or on the stovetop, browning the chicken before putting it all back in the pot. I’ve cooked this recipe on the stove but you could easily pop this in the oven instead. Chicken thighs take 30-40 minutes depending on the size. Chicken thighs sometimes give off quite a bit of drippings so you may need to drain the beans with a slotted spoon when serving. Make sure to have some crusty bread to sop up the liquid.


What do I braise in?

Braising requires a deep heavy pot. A dutch oven or a deep cast iron skillet is the best. A stainless steel braising dish with a heavy bottom will work great too. Lodge Cast Iron makes a cast iron braiser that is perfect for this dish (and for frying chicken!).

Once you’ve got braising under your belt you can make so many different variations on the braising theme! Here are a few suggestions:

Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans

Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans

Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: dinner
Cuisine: american
Keyword: braised, chicken thighs, spinach, white beans
Servings: 4
Calories: 844kcal
Author: jodiemo


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 T butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 t. each rosemary and thyme
  • 2 15 oz cans white beans or 1/2lb dry white beans, cooked
  • 1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach
  • salt and pepper


  • In a large dutch oven heat olive oil and butter over medium high heat. Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt and pepper and place skin side down in hot dutch oven. Brown on both sides and remove from the pot, set aside.
  • Add onion and garlic to the pan and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Deglaze the pot with the wine, making sure to scrap all of the brown bits off the bottom ( they are delicious!)
  • Add in the beans, spinach, rosemary and thyme, salt and pepper to the pot. Nestle the chicken thighs skin side up in to the pan and add enough water ( or chicken broth) to cover 2/3 of the chicken. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat. Cook until the chicken pieces are cooked through, about 30 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 844kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 229mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 1322mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8575IU | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 5.7mg
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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. This sounds too delicious! White wine and rosemary are some of my favorite flavors with chicken! And I’m a veggie fanatic, so the spinach and beans are perfect for me 🙂

    1. white beans are one of my favorites too! This dish is even better the next day. Thanks for stopping by Dana!

  2. It looks delicious.I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this White Beans widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for white beans,Thanks!

  3. One of these days I’ll pay for my blog to have a makeover too. I love the design of yours. Classic and chic. Very nice. I have to admit. I’ve never braised anything in my life. Your chicken with beans looks delicious, so I’ll have to add this to my list!

  4. I made it tonight. Easy and delicious. I used dried herbs because I sent the husband to the store. It was still tasty. Even the 9 year-old picky eater ate it and liked it! Perfect for a cold winter meal. Thank you.

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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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