Today I am going to share a recipe for Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Cranberry Beans. Yes, that’s right I said cranberry beans. When I received these as a fun food gift, I’d never heard of them before, but they are so pretty that I was immediately suckered in! They have nothing to do with cranberries in flavor. The name comes from the reddish pink streaks on the outside. Cranberry beans are packed full of fiber (35% in each serving of this dish), are high in protein, are low calorie and no fat! Throw those in with antioxidant packed sun dried tomatoes, garlic and olive oil and you have a delicious, “good for you” dish!
Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Cranberry Beans
1 cup dried cranberry beans
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 bay leaf
2 chicken breasts
Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup Julienne cut sun dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil)
- Soak 1 cup cranberry beans overnight.
- Drain and rinse beans.
- Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil, one minced garlic clove, a bay leaf and cranberry beans in a large pot over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
- Add 4 cups of water. Liquid should be 1 – 2 inches above top of beans. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer about 1 hour.
- Spray a baking pan with olive oil.
- Line pan with chicken breasts.
- Generously salt and pepper chicken.
- Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
- Remove chicken and slice into long thin chunks.
- When beans are done, drain beans and return to pot.
- Add sliced chicken and 1/4 cup Julienne cut sun dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil) to beans.
- Heat together for 10 minutes and serve.
Where can I find cranberry beans?
The cranberry beans that I used here were grown locally and gifted to me in their adorable little burlap sack, but you can usually find them in the bulk aisle at your local grocery store. If you do not see them there, Bob’s Red Mill is a brand that offers unique beans and grains packaged up and sold at most grocery stores, including Target! They are not paying me to say this, I just know that this is a reliable brand that is offered all across the country!
Check back on Thursday for a special guest post!
For Thursday’s post, I am so excited to welcome Kate, British blogger of The Little Library Cafe. I will be reblogging her brilliant post about a classic Southern dish straight from the pages of one of my favorite books!