Italian Baked Chicken with White Beans and Tomatoes is one of those dishes that surprises you with just how good it is. It’s comfort food that seriously fulfills it’s duty as a blanket of warmth and savoriness for your belly. Chicken quarters and humble white beans are a match made in heaven.
So, I originally posted this recipe in 2008. It was probably the third or fourth post I ever did. Originally a Food Network recipe, this Italian Baked Chicken has evolved over the last 9 years (oh my god, have I really been blogging for that long?). I have made so many different variations on this theme such as the Life Changing Harissa Chicken and White Beans, my Chicken with White Beans and Spinach, and even the Sheet Pan Paprika Chicken (that would be divine over some white beans). The point is that this is a recipe to build off of. Change things up to fit what’s in your pantry and what makes your family happy.
I’m leaving the original post on here because, well, this blog is as much of a journal for me as it is a recipe book. Maybe even more so now that the kids are older and we are financially (and emotionally and geographically) in a much better place. I can remember when those 10 pound sacks of chicken quarters started showing up in grocery stores in the middle of a recession. I was both excited and relieved when the ability to purchase 20 pounds of meat for less than $20 was possible. All we had was about $70 a week to buy groceries and diapers(and we had two babies!). I was a woman on a mission back then. We were so broke and teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and I grabbed on to that bag of chicken quarters like it was a life line. I cooked chicken quarters a million different ways for my family. It made me become more creative over time. But that is is exactly what necessity will do, right?
So, put this recipe for Italian Baked Chicken with White Beans in your repertoire for the good times and the bad, it’s perfect either way!
In case you didn’t know, Kroger and Publix are both running a sale on chicken quarters for $.59/lb. At prices like that, no one should be above eating the dark meat ( I personally prefer it). So I bought 20 pounds of chicken ( I’ll probably go back for more soon). Anyway, I was looking for a way to cook chicken quarters that wasn’t grilled. I seem to be unable to grill and just avoid it altogether when my hubby isn’t here to cook. I came across this recipe on the Food Network website. It has fast become a favorite and I have already cooked this 3 times. I jazzed it up with some basil, but you could use any herb you have. The whole meal comes in at under $5 to feed a family of four.
4-6 bacon slices, chopped
4 large chicken thighs ( or 3 quarters)
1/2 tsp. salt plus 1/4 tsp.
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 medium onions, chopped
1 can stewed tomatoes ( or diced, or petite, whatever you have)
2 cans white beans, rinsed and drained
1 Tbsp. Basil ( or oregano, sage, rosemary, Italian blend, whatever)
Preheat oven to 350. Cook bacon in heavy skillet until crispy. Remove and drain, reserving fat. Salt and pepper chicken then add to skillet. Brown on both sides, remove and drain. Pour off all but 3 Tbsp. fat then add onions and 1/4 tsp. salt and scrape up brown bits. Cook until golden, 8-10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and basil and boil for 3 minutes. Stir in bacon and beans, bring to a simmer. Nestle chicken back into pan. Bake 20-30 minutes or until juices run clear.
Italian Baked Chicken with White Beans and Tomatoes
Italian Baked Chicken with White Beans and Tomatoes is a budget friendly family meal that is full of flavor! Chicken, beans, bacon and tomatoes make this comforting dish a winner.
- 4-6 slices bacon chopped
- 4 large chicken thighs or 3 quarters
- 1/2 tsp . salt plus 1/4 tsp.
- 1/4 tsp . pepper
- 2 medium onions chopped
- 1 can stewed tomatoes ( or diced or petite, whatever you have)
- 2 cans white beans rinsed and drained
- 1 Tbsp . Basil ( or oregano sage, rosemary, italian blend, whatever)
- Preheat oven to 350. Cook bacon in heavy skillet until crispy. Remove and drain, reserving fat. Salt and papper chicken then add to skillet. Brown on both sides, remove and drain. Pour off all but 3 Tbsp. fat then add onions and 1/4 tsp. salt and scrape up brown bits. Cook until golden, 8-10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and basil and boil for 3 minutes. Stir in bacon and beans, bring to a simmer. Nestle chicken back into pan. Bake 20-30 minutes or until juices run clear.