Friday, 13 June 2008

Chicken with Kidney Beans

While hubby's away, Ruth will play. And play I did. I decided for dinner tonight to make a dish that he wouldn't have in a million years. It's a recipe for my Bookmarked Recipes event from Easy Food Magazine (yes I'm back to sharing recipes from it). This actually came at a good time because I had some chicken and kidney beans to use up. I thought the recipe sounded like it was going to taste a little bland so I added some balsamic vinegar, a pinch of cumin, ground coriander and garlic powder to add a little extra to it, however upon tasting I'm sure it would still be delicious without my additions.

The original recipe was for 6 but I obviously had to change that to 1 serving for myself, so the recipe below is for 1 serving.

Chicken with kidney beans

Serves 1


1 skinless chicken breast
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
olive oil
1 shallot, diced
1 tsp tomato puree
1/3 cup / 80ml chopped tomatoes
Pinch of sugar
1/3 cup / 80ml kidney beans, drained and rinsed.
Pinch of ground cumin
Pinch of ground coriander
Pinch of garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 180˚C
2. Season chicken breast with salt, pepper and pour on the balsamic vinegar. Heat a little olive oil in a pan then brown the chicken on each side. Remove to an oven dish.
3. Fry the onion until soft, add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, sugar, garlic powder, coriander and cumin and leave to simmer for a couple of minutes.
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then stir in the kidney beans. Pour over the chicken and cover the dish (tin foil works great if you don't have a lid)
5. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes and serve.


  1. Yum! I love spiced kidney beans!

  2. Looks delicious, i love kidney beans , i like their texture.

  3. Katie, I think I love them now too :o)

    Happy Cook, thank you! They are great beans

  4. Oh my Ruth...that looks wonderful! I could eat that now, even if it is 8 a.m.! :)
    P.S. The cake i made on my blog was a chocolate cake with chocolate pudding in between the layers with buttercream frosting covering it and then the terrible tasting fondant on top. :)

  5. MM..kidney beans and chicken. sound like a real winner Ruth!

  6. I do the same thing when Grumpy's away! However, I have made Mexican food (which for some odd reason he does not like!) recently when he was home. Not too well received, but since he wanted to eat, he kept the complaining to a minimum!

  7. Mmm... I think it looks delicious! Kidney beans are so wonderfully toothsome!
    Ann at Redacted Recipes

  8. Hi Priscilla, thank you! And thanks for filling me in on your cake.

    Thanks Dharm, it was a winner with me

    Hi Honeyb. you have to take advantage of these situations don't you?

    They sure are Ann.

  9. I think this sounds delicious! I can only imagine what I would make if my hubby was gone for an evening or two...

  10. Thanks Deborah. I'm guessing your hubby doesn't disappear like mine as much? lol

  11. Ruth your recipe saved my dinner tonight. I had beans and chicken and they weren't going to be enough for my folks and brothers and my head wasn't brainstorming yet. I made a few twists though, instead of coriander powder I put fresh leaves at the end, and i also used fresh garlic (I'm obsessed) and whole cumin seeds. They are licking they're fingers!!
    Thank you for the cool recipe...keep it up!
    Beverly, Kenya

  12. Hey Taabu! Glad you liked it, and glad to be of service!


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