Chicken and cannellini beans is a delicious quick healthy meal. Ready in under an hour and served with rice this one pan meal will be a hit with your family!
This chicken and cannellini beans dish really is a fantastic budget family recipe and its got to be one of the easiest dinners I’ve ever made!
To prepare this healthy delicious feast all I used was frozen sweetcorn, chicken breasts a can of cannellini beans, chicken stock and some other basic store cupboard ingredients. I used a tin of condensed chicken soup to make up the sauce – easy!
I know that this is one of those recipes I’m going to turn to time and time again because it’s so easy to prepare and when paired with some rice it’s totally filling. Plus I think you’ll love the fact that it’s all cooked together in one pan because it’s faster to prepare and there’s less mess and washing up!
You could also choose to incorporate your rice into the one pan chicken and cannellini beans so that it cooks at the same time too.
I cook my rice separately as I generally use wholegrain basmati rice which can take longer than traditional rice and absorbs more liquid. I like the dish to still be quite creamy, not stodgy!
The recipes makes enough for a family of 4 and any leftovers can be easily frozen too.
Substitute the cannellini beans with other types of beans (e.g. butter beans) if you wish too.
In my quest for keeping as many of my quick healthy recipes as low cost as I can, (like under £5 for 4 portions if possible) cannellini beans are remarkably cheap in my local supermarket.
And, not only are cannellini beans remarkably cheap but they also come with a whole list of amazing health benefits :-
- High in protein
- High in fibre
- Low in calories
- Contributes towards a healthy heart.
- May help to prevent cancer.
Let’s hear it for those cannellini beans!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 500 g chicken breasts diced
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1 tin condensed chicken soup
- 100 ml chicken stock
- ¼ tsp dried thyme
- 115 g frozen sweetcorn
- 300 g can cannellini beans drained and rinsed
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
- Heat olive oil in a large pan.
- Add the chicken and diced onion and saute until the chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and saute for about 20 seconds.
- Add the condensed chicken soup, chicken stock and thyme and stir everything well together.
- Bring mixture to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the sweetcorn and cannellini beans and allow to simmer for a further 10 minutes.
- Season to taste, stir in parsley and serve with rice.
So folks, other than keeping the cost of food down to cope with the fact we have to make our money stretch further, what else have we been up to?
Well I’m having a musical couple of weekends. Last Sunday night I was at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall seeing OMD with Andy, one of my old school pals from Dundee it was an amazing experience. OMD have been one of those bands that I’ve had on my band “bucket list” for such a long time. They played Enola Gaye twice, in my eyes their absolute best song. I would have been devastated if they hadn’t!
And this Saturday, Lady Lynne and I are off to see a Queen tribute band and have dinner with some friends. Another excellent musical offering to look forward to. I bet after a few drinks at dinner we’ll all be singing along with all of the classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are The Champions”.
Singing along, badly that is! Ha ha!
Whatever you’re doing this weekend folks have a good one and join me next week for a new curried potato and kale soup recipe on Tuesday, the final Day 5 Hadrian’s Wall Path Carlisle to Bowness on Solway on Wednesday and a salmon fish burger recipe on Thursday!
And then it’ll be December. Time for all those Christmas recipes…… 😀
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