Let’s hear it for the one-pot wonder! Everyone (well, almost everyone) loves a good chicken-chicken dinner! And this is so delicious and so easy!
We just love a dish that is easy enough for it to be a fantastic busy weeknight meal, but, is also so spectacular that it could be the star attraction for a wonderful dinner party. It’s a meal all in and of itself. Finish the meal off with an Italian Rustic Ricotta Cheesecake!
How To Make Tuscan Chicken with White Beans and Spinach
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The Ingredients You Will Need
The ingredients in this dish a very straight-forward and many you might already have in your pantry or fridge. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:
Seasonings – Salt and pepper.
Butter – Unsalted.
Chicken – We recommend bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for great flavor. You could absolutely substitute boneless chicken thighs or breasts, too. See NOTES.
Shallots – Finely chopped, or chopped onion.
Garlic – Minced.
Herbs – Fresh basil and parsley, chopped.
White wine – Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc are great choices. Avoid cooking wine. If you prefer to not cook with wine, just omit it.
Chicken stock or broth – Can substitute vegetable broth, if desired.
Spinach – Baby spinach is perfectly fine. Mature spinach is a great choice, too, just be sure to thoroughly wash it and then remove the stems. If using frozen, let it completely thaw and then squeeze out all of the water.
White beans – Canned is great. Go with Cannelloni or Great Northern. Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo) would also be delicious. Be sure to drain them.
Tomatoes – Fire-roasted can be found in the canned tomato section of most well-stocked supermarkets. You could go with just regular diced tomatoes, too. Be sure to drain them.
EXPERT TIP: When you’re done searing the chicken pieces, the chicken won’t be fully cooked yet. That happens when you finish the dish off in the oven.
Tips for Making Perfect Tuscan Chicken
Properly Sear the Chicken Thighs – Sear the chicken thighs in melted butter (or olive oit) in a hot skillet to develop a golden-brown crust, which will enhance the flavor and appearance of the dish.
Use Quality Ingredients – Choose high-quality fire-roasted tomatoes, fresh spinach, and white beans for the best flavor and texture.
Deglaze the Pan with White Wine – Deglaze the skillet with good-quality white wine to lift the flavorful browned bits from the bottom, adding depth and richness to the sauce. Simmer until wine has mostly evaporated.
Simmer to Marry Flavors – Allow the dish to simmer gently to allow the flavors to meld together, creating a harmonious and well-balanced sauce.
How To Serve
This dish is wonderful served directly from the skillet. Make sure guests (or family members) are aware the pot is hot.
You can also transfer the sauce to a nice large platter and then top with the chicken and pass it family style.
Of course, you can easily plate individual servings, too. All you really need to serve along side this dish is warm, crusty Italian bread!
Other Amazing Chicken Recipes To Try
Chicken is such a versatile protein and loved by families around the world. Here are some of favorites that we are sure you and your loved ones will love, too.
Creamy Tuscan Chicken
Caprese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Easy Chicken Florentine
Classic Chicken Piccata
Authentic Chicken Marsala
Baked Honey-Mustard Chicken
Classic Mexican Chicken Molé
Roasted Chipotle Chicken
Creamy Chicken Tikki Masala
Authentic Chicken Curry
These are all true winners, but, in the meantime, isn’t this dish grabbing you eye right about now?
We love all kinds of dishes made with chicken, but, this may be our favorite. It’s really that good.
And don’t you just love preparing a dish that tastes like you’ve been working on it for hours, when, in fact, it took less than 1 hour to bring to the table?
Whatever you do, be sure to have plenty of bread to serve so family and guests can soak up the amazingly delicious sauce!
Ready to make the best chicken dinner in town? Go for it!
And when you do, be sure to take a photo, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!
Tuscan Chicken with White Beans and Spinach
- Cast-iron skillet
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 to 6 chicken thighs skin-on, bone-in
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 small shallot chopped, about 1/4 cup
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup white wine
- ½ cup chicken stock
- 2 cups spinach baby, or mature, washed and stems removed
- 1 tbsp basil fresh, chopped
- 1 tbsp parsley fresh, chopped
- 1 15 oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes drained
- 1 15 oz. can white beans drained, such as cannelloni or Great Northern
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Brush olive oil all over the chicken thighs. Liberally season the chicken with salt and pepper.1 tbsp olive oil, 4 to 6 chicken thighs, Kosher salt and black pepper
- Heat the butter in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat.2 tbsp unsalted butter
- Add the chicken, skin side down, and sear for 10 minutes, or until the skins are golden and crispy. Flip the thighs over and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet onto a platter. Discard all, but 2 tbsp, of butter/grease from the pan.
- Return the pan to the stove over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.1 small shallot, 3 cloves garlic
- Add the wine and cook until almost completely evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add the spinach and simmer until completely wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes.½ cup white wine, ½ cup chicken stock, 2 cups spinach
- Stir in the basil, parsley, 1 tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper. Simmer for a few minutes.1 tbsp basil, 1 tbsp parsley
- Stir in the tomatoes and beans. Nestle the chicken into the sauce, skin-side up.1 15 oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes, 1 15 oz. can white beans
- Place in the oven and bake until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F, usually about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve at once, garnishing with extra chopped parsley (if desired).
POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in September, 2014, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography and a fabulous new video in November, 2023!