Chicken without Borders: One Pot Chicken and Beans


A great dish for the whole family, this all-in-one meal is a smart way to use up the vegetables you probably already have on hand.Easy One Pot Chicken and Beans recipe at


I’ve been in a bit of a “What to fix for dinner rut“.

Night after night sneaks up on me and I’m NOT in the dinner fixing mood.  Am I’ the only one who gets like this?

The other day I decided I needed to dig my self out of this dinner rut.  I really didn’t have a choice. My family is getting a little tired of spaghetti and sandwiches. {giggle}

This One Pot Chicken & Beans  is a recipe I put together for Bush’s Beans, along with some input from friend and chef, Jeffrey Saad

Jeffrey helped me come up with a new one pot meal that was sure to be a new family favorite!    The goal was a recipe that was quick and easy with simple ingredients that I usually have on hand.

While chatting with Jeffrey I mentioned I have a crew of picky eaters and it’s hard to find a meal that will please them all.  I mentioned that my White Bean Chili was a dish they all liked and anything with chicken will usually get 4 thumbs up at our house.

Here’s what Jeffrey suggested:

Chicken is great and since your family loves your white bean chili let’s riff on that.  How about using bone in chicken thighs/drumsticks? Saute those in a large pot until brown.  You can then add veggies of choice an chicken stock.  To make the dish more unique you could puree the white beans and stir them in as a thickener but also use a can of whole black beans.


I loved these ideas and got to work.

I browned some chicken thighs in my dutch oven with a little oil, while I chopped some carrots and celery.  Once the thighs were browned (about 12 mins) I removed them from the pot and set them aside on a plate while I sauteed the veggies that I seasoned with the same seasoning I use in my white chili.

Next I added a little chicken broth and the beans added great texture.  I loved the idea of pureeing the cannellini beans to thicken the broth. I added a small can of green chilies for a bit of a kick and placed the chicken back in and let it all simmer about 20 minutes, while I made some of our favorite garlic cheese biscuits for dipping.

I ladled into bowls for serving with the biscuits and it was a HUGE hit!  I actually didn’t get much myself, so I want to make another batch real soon.  We unexpectedly had a friend with his two sons (13 &15) here for dinner and they devoured it and kept telling me how delicious it was!

Easy One Pot Chicken and Beans recipe at

 So this one’s a keeper!! You can easily make it ahead and reheat. And with only one pan to clean, what’s not to love?

One Pot Chicken and Beans

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

One Pot Chicken and Beans

A great dish for the whole family, this all-in-one meal is a smart way to use up the vegetables you probably already have on hand.


  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • seasoned salt and pepper
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped into pieces
  • 2-3 medium carrots, chopped into pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped (I use the minced in the jar)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon taragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 3-ounce can diced green chilies
  • 2 15-ounce cans of Bush’s Cannellini beans, pureed
  • 2 15-ounce cans of Bush’s Black Beans
  • 1½ cups chicken broth


  1. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place, skin side down, in pot. Cook until golden brown on both sides, 10 to 12 minutes total. Remove chicken from pot and set aside. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot; add garlic,carrots celery and seasonings and saute until tender.
  2. Stir in broth and pureed cannellini beans, stir to incorporated then add black beans, green chilies and chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve in bowls with biscuits for dipping.

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Disclaimer:  I grew up in a house who used Bush’s Beans, I am now proud to be a brand ambassador for them. All opinions and views are my own.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Mmmmm…I love one-pot meals, and this looks SO comforting! 🙂

  2. One pot meals are the best!

  3. I LOVE everything about this recipe Cheryl!

  4. One pot meals are the best, they really save time in busy family life. This one is a keeper.

  5. Cheryl, that is one gorgeous winter meal!

  6. Thank you for this- because I couldn’t be less interested in cooking dinner either!? my poor family- this looks great (and EASY!) though!

  7. This sounds fantastic! No, you’re not alone. I get in a dinner decision rut all the time. I have found planning out half the week and shopping for it helps me pull through it sometimes though. I was just thinking how I needed a 3 day meal plan for pre-Thanksgiving. All meals entirely different from turkey. LOL

  8. looks amazing! i love black beans. especially bush’s! so good.

  9. Cheryl, I so love meals like this! It’s that time of year and we all need these easy, go to recipes!

  10. I think the older we get the harder it is to come up with new and enticing dishes for dinner. At least that’s the case in this house. My husband and I both cook and often when he doesn’t have a plan for dinner, I’ll come up with one. On those nights when both of us come up empty we declare it a *Bachelor* night and we each fend for ourselves as to what we’ll eat for dinner.
    I like the look of this one pot chicken and beans meal, especially with the biscuits served like you did.

  11. You had me at “One-Pot…” 🙂 Anytime I can cook all the ingredients and have just one pot to clean, it’s a recipe I am excited to try. Plus I love black beans, so I am really eager to try this one, Cheryl!

  12. A one-pot meal simply cannot be beat. This looks awesome!

  13. Will definitely give this a try. I really enjoy one pot casseroles. I bet it tastes even better the next day (if you have any left!). Thanks for the recipe!

  14. I get in this rut too. Great one-pot recipe. I am a huge fan of one-pot meals!

  15. I’m all about the 1 pot meal – and I too have been a little rut about what to make for dinner each night – I’ve taken to delegating – each member of the family is in charge of one dinner a week – which I’m also insisting upon when we are celebrating the 4 day Thanksgiving holiday.

  16. Cheryl – this sounds like the perfect meal for a cold day – it is hard coming up with something for dinner every night isn’t it! I think my kids would enjoy this – going to give it a whirl!

  17. We love chicken in this house…. ok well.. I LOVE chicken lol. HUbbys ok with it. I also get into the “Whats for dinner rut…. normally at like 5pm as I’m getting off work……. this One Pot Chicken & Beans however sounds so good I may be making it very soon!

  18. Love it! This kind of meal is totally right up my alley. We will be trying this!! 🙂

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  20. WOW!!! This was sooooooooo good! I thought it looked good…but it was way better than I expected it to be. I made it using Chicken drumsticks and I didn’t have oregano so I used 1/2 tsp of basil and 1/2 tsp of thyme instead. Next time I will have to double the recipe because my family devoured it! I also served it up with cornbread (I am gluten free)

    The ultimate comfort food for winter! Thank you for posting this!

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