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Hearty Chicken and Bean Casserole

Hearty Chicken and Bean Casserole

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Bake 25 mins
  • Cook 1 hr
  • Stand 1 hr

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Cooking your own dried beans rather than using canned saves you money and loads of sodium. Cook a large batch and refrigerate or freeze leftovers for another use so you only have to invest time once.


  • 8 ounces dried Great Northern beans (1-1/4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or olive oil
  • 6 chicken thighs (about 2-1/4 pounds total), skinned
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14 1/2 - ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 6 ounces light, cooked smoked sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Rinse beans. In a large saucepan combine beans and 4 cups cold water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand for 1 hour. (Or, soak beans in water overnight in a covered pan.) Drain beans and rinse. In the same saucepan combine beans and 4 cups cold water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until tender. Drain beans.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; reduce heat to medium-low. Brown chicken about 10 minutes, turning once to brown both sides. Remove chicken from skillet. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of drippings from the skillet.
  3. Add carrots, onion, celery, and garlic to drippings in skillet. Cover and cook about 10 minutes or vegetables are just tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in drained beans, undrained tomatoes, sausage, thyme, salt, and, if desired, cayenne pepper. Bring to boiling. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange chicken thighs on top.
  4. Bake, uncovered, about 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (180 degrees F). Makes 6 servings (1 chicken thigh with about 3/4 cup bean mixture per serving)


  • Easy version: Omit dried beans and step 1. Add 2 15-ounce cans rinsed and drained Great Northern beans to the vegetable mixture in step 3 with the tomatoes. Omit the salt. Use 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic in place of the fresh garlic.

Nutrition Facts

(Hearty Chicken and Bean Casserole)

Servings Per Recipe 6, Carb Choice () 2, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, Fat () 1, fiber (g) 10, sugar (g) 6, Lean Meat () 4, vit. A (IU) 3353, vit. C (mg) 53, Vegetables () 1, chol. (mg) 98, Starch () 2, sat. fat (g) 3, Monounsaturated fat (g) 3, Folate (µg) 69, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 481, Potassium (mg) 626, calcium (mg) 91, cal. (kcal) 347, iron (mg) 3, pro. (g) 33, carb. (g) 32, Fat, total (g) 10, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 6, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0

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