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Baked Chicken and White Beans

Easy baked chicken with white beans, onion, bacon and stewed tomatoes.  One skillet from stovetop to oven, perfect for weeknight dinners.

Overhead of chicken and white beans in skillet.

We eat a lot of chicken in this house.  This has been one of our favorites for a long time.  I got it out of Gourmet magazine years ago.  I miss that magazine.  I've gotten quite a few cooking magazines over the years and Gourmet was my favorite.  Anyway...

This is made with bone-in chicken thighs, our favorite around here.  And bacon and onion.  You can't go wrong with that combination.  Is there any better smell in the kitchen than smoky bacon and onion sautéing in a pan?  I think not.

While any white bean will do, I like cannellini beans.  Lastly, stewed tomatoes add a hint of sweetness and contribute to the wonderful sauce in this simple dish.

Ingredients photo, chicken thighs, beans, onion, bacon and stewed tomatoes.

My mom loves this chicken and I always make it when she comes to visit.  She has made it for family and friends back home to rave reviews.  She adds some minced garlic to hers because she says it needs it.  She really likes garlic.  Knowing my mom, it needs salt.  She tends to not salt enough because she's afraid she'll overdo it.

Season with salt as you go, makes a big difference in bringing out the flavor of what you're cooking.  When you don't salt and then add it at the very end, your food tastes kind of bland with salt on it.  I use kosher salt.  Just my two cents.

Plated chicken thigh over white beans.

I almost always have a glass of white wine nearby when I'm cooking dinner.  I deglaze my pan with a splash of wine from my glass when the onions are browning.  I recently started adding fresh rosemary to this dish and, wow, it turned out to be the perfect addition.

This chicken and white beans dish has just five ingredients that transform into a homey, hearty meal for family or friends, all in one skillet.  My kind of dish.  So is my Chicken with Pancetta and Tomatoes and Chicken in Mustard Sauce.  Enjoy, Kelly🍴🐦

Finished dish in serving dish.

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Overhead of chicken and white beans in skillet.

Baked Chicken and White Beans

Easy one pan dinner, chicken with white beans, bacon and onion. Stewed tomatoes add a little sweetness and fresh rosemary, if you have some on hand, boosts the flavor even more.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 513kcal


  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (can use up to 6 smaller thighs)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (optional)
  • 1 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 15.5 oz cans of small white beans, drained and rinsed


  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Cook bacon in a large, heavy ovenproof skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Keep fat in the skillet.
  • Pat chicken thighs dry and season with salt and pepper. Brown chicken, skin side down, in bacon drippings over med-high heat, turning once, about 4 minutes a side. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  • Reserve 3 tablespoons of fat in the skillet and reduce heat to moderate. Add onions, season with salt and cook, stirring to scrape up any brown bits. Deglaze with a bit of white wine to get up all the bits. Cook until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Add the chopped rosemary and stir to combine.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and juice to the onions and simmer for a few minutes, breaking up the tomatoes with the spoon. Stir in the bacon and beans and bring back to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Nestle the chicken, skin side up, into the beans. Bake, uncovered, until chicken is cooked through, about 30-40 minutes. Let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

I like cannellini beans, but you can use any white bean. Serve with crusty bread to soak up all the juice!


Calories: 513kcal Carbohydrates: 39g Protein: 34g Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 7g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 142mg Sodium: 369mg Potassium: 1172mg Fiber: 8g Sugar: 7g Vitamin A: 318IU Vitamin C: 13mg Calcium: 154mg Iron: 6mg
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* Adapted from Gourmet magazine, December, 2004


Recipe Rating


Monday 13th of February 2023

I've been making this easy and delish meal for a couple years. I buy pre-diced onions to make the prep a little faster. So good!


Wednesday 19th of May 2021

I made this tonight with boneless chicken breast. It was excellent! I added the garlic like your Mom but didn’t change anything else. We wiped our plates clean. 😁


Wednesday 19th of May 2021

Isn'y it good? Glad you like it so much and the garlic, too. My mom will be happy to hear this!


Monday 2nd of November 2020

Super easy and delicious! Thank you for sharing

Kim Lin

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

This was surprisingly delicious! With the few ingredients in this dish, I was not expecting it to to be that good, everyone really enjoyed this recipe and I will definitely make this one again! Thank you!


Wednesday 18th of December 2019

This is so delicious! Perfect winter fare. It's been a little chilly here, and we loved every bite!


Wednesday 18th of December 2019

I'm making that for dinner tonight! I crave it in this weather. Glad you liked it, enjoy the holidays!