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Escarole is a great green leafy vegetable that can be used like kale or spinach. It is a hardy vegetable that I will be using today in this chicken thighs with white beans and escarole recipe. It's a super easy dish to make, and it is a one/two-sheet pan option for easy clean-up for weeknight meals.
I’ve used escarole in soups before but never in an oven-roasted manner. This post is about how I made it and how it turned out.
Note, if you bought a few heads of escarole, you may find it a little sandy. Be sure to clean each piece before cutting. You can also find escarole already cleaned and chopped in your grocery section.
The ingredients below are easy to prep and can be done in minutes.
- 1 lb chicken thighs - boneless and skinless
- 2 cans cannellini beans - 16 oz each
- 1 lb chopped and cleaned escarole (or 1-15 oz bag)
- 4 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 3 tablespoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoon onion powder
- 3 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
These ingredients can be modified; feel free to use extra olive oil , garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to taste.
Chicken Thighs with white beans and escarole recipe Instructions
Below are the instructions on how to make this recipe.
Open and rinse the cannellini beans in a strainer over a bowl. Then, set aside to dry out for at least 20 minutes. They will need to be pretty dry before roasting.
After it dries, Season with 1 tablespoon olive oil , 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
Clean and cut the escarole into pieces and place into a bowl, and set aside. Season with 1 tablespoon olive oil , 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Toss well.
Turn the chicken over and add the seasoned escarole to each baking sheet .
Then, add the seasoned cannellini beans to the baking sheet around the chicken thighs. Add back to the oven for another 10 minutes or until chicken thighs are finished and the escarole is wilted. Enjoy immediately.
There are a variety of ingredients you can use with this recipe. Feel free to try them all.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes to the chicken thighs, cannellini beans, and escarole when mixing herbs.
- Vegetarian - remove the chicken thighs altogether and replace them with drained tofu.
- Chicken breast - replace chicken thigh with chicken breast for another option.
- Cheese - Add grated parmesan cheese to the escarole for a cheesy flavor.
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You can store the cooked dinner in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. I do not recommend freezing it after it has been cooked.
Top Tip: Chicken Thighs with white beans and escarole recipe
Cooking the chicken thighs a little before will allow the vegetables to be not too wilted and rich with flavor.
Here’s the finished picture of the Chicken Thighs with white beans and escarole recipe! What do you think? It was super delicious, and I plan on making it again real soon.
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