Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Braised Chicken, with White Beans and Chard

Braised Chicken, with White Beans and Chard
Like clockwork we head to the Pacific coast in April or May of each year. This winter our little coastal area was colder and received more rain than usual. Foliage in the yard and the garden was different too. The artichoke plants survived but my lemon verbena and purple sage did not. We have had the sage for 12 years. (sigh). One of my first tasks after unpacking is to go out and first hand acknowledge the changes.

Garden at it's first salad harvest
We had our first salad from the garden two nights ago and it was so fresh and flavorful. I love to clip the outer leaves off each plant, a few here and a few there just enough for that day’s salad. Why pick more and let it set in the fridge for another time when I can enjoy it fresh that day. The weather has been cloudy and cool which is perfect for those growing leafy lettuce greens. Not so great for the tomato plants but you can’t have everything.

When I think of comfort food I think about dishes like this braised chicken with white beans and chard. It’s a dish that doesn’t take an extraordinary amount of time to put together but there are several steps. Once together the juices and broth will steep and bubble and do most of the work. Your house will smell wonderful, the kind of wonderful that reminds you that life is pretty darn sweet. Enjoy!


yield: 3 to 4print recipe

Braised Chicken, with White Beans and Chard

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 pounds organic bone-in skin on chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 bunch chard, (washed and cut into ribbons)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup organic free ranch chicken broth
  • Grated Parmesan, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °
  2. Pat dry and then season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large heavy ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. When hot add the chicken, skin-side down, and sear until browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn pieces over with a pair of long handled tongs and brown, about another 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the chicken to another dish and set aside.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion and sauté until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes, add in garlic and tomato paste; stir constantly for 1 minute. Deglaze pan with white wine then add the white beans, chard and broth. Salt and pepper and then top everything with the chicken you have set aside and any juices. Add rosemary sprigs, bring to a boil on stove top and then bake about 25 to 30 minutes. (This timing depends on the side of your pieces, adjust accordingly).
  5. To serve, layer chard and beans; then top with chicken and garnish with cheese.
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Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

47 comments:

  1. I think 12 years from your sage was good going. We are in need of comfort food right now as winter finally arrived. I might even be able to plant something this weekend.

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    1. Thanks Tandy, yes you are right 12 years is a long time for an herb plant. We are currently going back and forth between winter and spring.

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  2. This is so comforting and moreish. The weather last days wasn't nice over here either and my tomato plants look pretty sad :-(( Hopefully the weather will be getting better and warmer soon.

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    1. Thanks Angie, we've had more rain the last few days, waiting for the sun.;)

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  3. You can never have too many chicken recipes! This is exactly the kind of dish my family adores---simple and flavorful!!

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    1. Thanks, that is so true Liz, we have some type of chicken dish probably once a week or two.

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  4. Chard is often overlooked but it's one of my favorite leafy greens. Speaking of leafy greens, your lettuce is beautiful! Glad the garden is moving along :) Love this chicken recipe and will give it a try. Easy, hearty and delicious are always a winner in my book. Thanks Cheri - have a lovely weekend in the PNW!

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    1. Thanks Tricia, it's been raining the last few days but looks like there may be sunny weather ahead, so right at the moment it's all about comfort.

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  5. Hi Cheri,
    Freshly harvested veggie from your garden tasted sweet and fresh. Yummy meal !Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend !

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    1. Thanks Karen, this is the earliest I've ever been able to harvest lettuce from the garden, looks like maybe a great leafy summer;)

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  6. This looks sensational, Cheri. I love this kind of meal and need to make it more often! I can get some chard at the farmer's market but I am sure envious of your salad garden. I hope you enjoy every bite of your harvest. I'm going to pin this to try one day, hopefully soon.

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    1. Thanks Monica, I enjoy working in the garden so relaxing. Hope you get the chance to make this!

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  7. I love finding new ways to use chard! It's a favorite of mine. This dish sounds just wonderful!

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    1. So funny Ashley, I love chard too just about every way you can prepare it. I'm growing kale too but it depends how it's prepared if everyone will eat it all or not. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week-end.

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  8. It's lightly raining here in Northern California and your dish is just perfect for a day like that. It's great comfort food that I enjoy.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, Northern Calif is one of my favorite places, so pretty there.

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  9. I have been thinking about doing a similar dish...During the winter months ( I live in Florida0 had this idea of Greens and Beans. Your recipe looks divine. Love it.
    Our winter was very warm and our lettuces really struggled. Stinks about your sage (sigh).

    Take care.

    Velva

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    1. I know, the sage was a truly revered plant in the garden, and it was purple. Never been to Florida but it's on the list, we have a friend that lives there in the winter as well. Thanks Velva!

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  10. So impressed that your comfort foods are sooo healthy! Like, as always, your wisdom is on point!

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  11. Pure comfort, Cheri. I am looking for high-fiber, flavorful meals for this weekend - thanks for this one! I will try to remember to take a photo to send you once I plate it!

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    1. Oh that would be wonderful David. Looks like you've had a few days under 100, that is pretty amazing for this time of year. The weather here has been a little crazy too but in the PNW sort of way. Take care!

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    2. This was insanely good, Cheri! If anybody out there is reading this comment, you must make this dish!

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    3. Thanks David, so glad you enjoyed it!

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    4. This weekend in Tucson will be 110° and Monday and Tuesday will hit 115°! Yikes!

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  12. I can just imagine how WONDERFUL your house smelled as this cooked! It looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks Chris, the weather has been pretty crazy here in Oregon the last few months. Take care!

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  13. I love everything about this recipe, it's just the kind of easy, healthy meal I'm always looking for at the end of a busy day ~ and I am SOOOOO jealous of your garden!!

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    1. Thanks Sue, I love my garden, especially when the varmints stay away;)

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  14. This braised chicken with white beans look so delicious and comfy. I am sure chard adds a great flavor to this healthy meal. Love how easy it is to make. :)

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    1. Thanks Anu, chard is one of my favorite leafy greens, I could enjoy it any meal of the day.

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  15. I had a sage plant for about 6 years and I thought that was amazing. 12 years is incredible! What a delightful dish, Cheri! It would taste great with fresh chard from the farmer's market soon :)

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    1. Thanks Susan, we are able to pick chard from the garden that's small enough to add to salads. I always plant kale to but chard is my favorite. The sage plant was purple and about 5 feet wide;(

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  16. Yum, I love the dish, looks like a great comfort food☺We also have our own garden, thete is nothing better that your own veggies☺

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    1. Thanks Natalia, I agree, nothing fresher;)

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  17. Cheri:

    Your Oregon home sounds delightful. So sorry you lost some plants but how nice to see your new garden growing. I, too, love salads made with freshly picked ingredients from the garden.

    And this dish looks amazing. Another comforting meal.

    Thank you so much.

    Dena

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    1. Thanks D, we have had some crazy weather, lots of rain so some of my seeds have not made it but sunny days are ahead.

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  18. Wow, your garden looks awesome Cheri...nothing like having really fresh vegetables. Sorry to hear about your herbs...
    Then chicken dish looks delicious...lots of flavors and super healthy!
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

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    1. Thanks Juliana, hope you are having a great week-end, we've been having a lot of rain, sunny day tomorrow.

      We loved this dish, especially me I'm a big bean person. Take care!

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  19. oh, there isn't much better than the first taste of garden goodies, is there! i love this dish, too--very comforting, delicious, and nutritious!

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    1. Thanks Grace, we had a kale salad from the garden last night, love this time of year.

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  20. My garden is struggling, but I am hoping that I catch up and that my chard starts growing this week! I love dishes like this so much, and will definitely try it as soon as my chard is ready, or I find some at the farmers market!

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    1. Thanks Kris, wish you luck with your garden right now I am battling some unknown varmint/varmints.

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  21. I tried to over-winter a couple artichoke plants (in three layers of mulch, plastic and buckets) this year--no luck, though I knew it was a long shot. This dish looks great--always looking for something new to put in my braiser :)

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    1. Thanks Inger, I am always amazing at what plants make the winter, it's different every year.

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  22. Cheri, I've already printed this one out. This dish looks so comforting and delicious! Really a great recipe!

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    1. Thanks Marcelle, hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

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