Thursday, September 8, 2016

Spicy Chicken and Beans

This is such a flavorful dinner and
I love that it can be prepared ahead 
of time. I can just pop in the oven 
whenever we want dinner. No
last minute dinner fussing. 
This chicken dinner actually benefits 
from time in the fridge coated 
with the spicy mixture. This will give the 
chicken time to absorb the spicy
flavors of the marinade coating.
For full flavor and moist chicken I always prefer 
thighs. About 1-½ pounds. That's about 6 pieces. 
These were very large and I only bought 5.
 Put the chicken in a sprayed baking dish. 
 Combine the marinade coating. 
 Spread this over the chicken. 
 Add the cherry tomatoes and rinsed white beans.
 Give everything a good toss.
 Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until 
you are ready to start dinner. Then remove the
plastic and bake @375 for 45 minutes. 
Garnish with more chopped cilantro. 
 This is really a complete dinner, but you could 
add a side of potatoes. They can roast in the oven
along with the chicken. 
 I've also tried this with bone-in chicken breasts. 
Cut them in half crosswise. Proceed as above.
 This time I doubled everything to serve 6. 
 The verdict? I much prefer thighs. 
So much better! More flavor and the chicken
 stays moist and tender.  You can use a 
whole cut-up chicken for the doubled 
recipe and have parts for everyones liking. 
 This will definitely be a great fall dinner.  
If you're serving a family I would definitely double
 this recipe to serve 4-6.

Spicy Chicken and Beans
marinade coating
2 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ C chopped fresh cilantro
1 T paprika
½ t ground cumin
¼ t red pepper flakes
2 t kosher salt
½ t pepper
Mix together

5-6 chicken thighs (or 1-½ lbs bone in chicken
 pieces, breasts cut in half crosswise)
toss with the above mixture to coat completely.
1 can white beans, drained
1 pt. cherry tomatoes
toss everything again to coat. Cover
and refrigerate for a few hours to all
day. Roast in a 450º oven for 30  minutes or
until the chicken is cooked through, browned
and the tomatoes have burst. Garnish with
more cilantro or parsley.
serves 3-4
*this recipe easily doubles. Use a whole chicken
 cut into serving pieces, breasts cut in half.

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  1. Awesome Recipe..!! Soon will try to prepare this yaar. and you know I amlso expert in making chicken pickle in andhra style

  2. Wow that is a very awesome recipe. I will definitely try this at home.Pakistani Cooking Recipes are the best. I love all Pakistani Recipes and indian recipes and mostly the appetizers by zarnak sidhwa recipes

  3. I have made this very similarly on the stovetop, but will definitely try this marinated and in the oven next tine. I love the idea of making ahead and popping it in. Nice cold day plan, too! Have it ready on a ski or sled day, or a spring or fall hiking afternoon, pop it in while showering, quick salad and a glass of wine. Lovely!