Italian Chicken, Kale & Butter Bean Casserole Recipe | Abel & Cole
Italian Chicken, Kale & Butter Bean Casserole
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Any cockles in want of warming need look no further than this wholesome casserole of tender chicken breast nestled with white beans and chunky veg.
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473 kcal
(per portion)
Ingredients you'll need
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A handful of rosemary, leaves only
  • 400g tin of butter beans
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 100g kale
From your kitchen
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 500ml boiling water
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Warm a deep frying pan or shallow casserole dish over a medium heat for 2 mins. Add ½ tbsp oil and the chicken breasts. Fry for 10 mins, turning once, till the chicken is golden.

  • 2.

    While the chicken is cooking, peel and finely chop the onion. Peel and dice the carrot. Trim the dry ends off the celery and finely slice it.

  • 3.

    Lift the chicken breasts out of the pan and pop them on a plate. Add the chopped veg to the pan with 3 tbsp water and some salt and pepper. Fry for 5 mins, stirring now and then, till softened and a little golden.

  • 4.

    While the veg fries, finely chop the tomato. Peel and crush or grate the garlic. Strip the leaves off the rosemary sprigs and roughly chop them. Drain and rinse the butter beans.

  • 5.

    Stir the tomato, garlic and half the rosemary leaves into the pan. Crumble in the stock cube. Tip in the butter beans. Pour in 500ml boiling water and stir to mix well.

  • 6.

    Slide the chicken breasts back into the pan. Cover, turn the heat up and bring to the boil. When it’s boiling, turn the heat down and simmer for 15 mins till the chicken is tender and cooked through.

  • 7.

    While the chicken simmers, slice the thick cores out of the kale leaves. Finely shred the leaves.

  • 8.

    Add the kale to the pan and push it down in between the chicken breasts with a wooden spoon. Cook for 3-4 mins till the kale is just tender. Taste the casserole and add more salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Serve in warm bowls with the rest of the rosemary sprinkled over the top.