Chicken, Bean and Rocket Stew

    1 hour

    Here's a hearty tomato and wine based stew with fresh basil, rocket and chilli flakes for piquant flavours.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon white wine
    • 1/8 teaspoon dried crushed chillies
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets - diced
    • 150g dried penne pasta
    • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 clove garlic, chopped
    • 1 cup (250ml) white wine
    • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 1 (400g) tin cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    • small bunch fresh basil, torn
    • good handful rocket, torn
    • 1/8 teaspoon chilli flakes
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. In a medium bowl, stir together lemon juice, vinegar, white wine, crushed chillies and salt & pepper. Add the chicken, and stir to coat. Set aside to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
    2. Cook penne according to package instructions. Drain, and set aside.
    3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a casserole dish or deep frying pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
    4. Pour in the remaining olive oil and add the garlic. Cook and stir until fragrant, but do not brown. Mix in white wine, vinegar, tomatoes and cannellini beans. Stir in the chicken, and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
    5. Stir in the pasta, basil, rocket and crushed chillies. Cover and turn off heat. Let sit until the rocket and basil leaves have wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into serving bowls, and top with grated Pecorino to serve.


    For a vegetarian dish, omit the chicken and marinade, and add one more tin of beans.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. I really liked this recipe as written but found that it needed a little additional salt. The second time I made this I changed the 1 cup of white wine to 1/2 cup of white wine and 1/2 cup of chicken stock and found the end result just perfect! Thanks, this is delicious and a keeper!  -  29 Sep 2008


    Used different ingredients. Very good! I used navy beans instead of cannellini beans and they worked very well.  -  29 Sep 2008


    Used different ingredients. This is very flavourful. I added a chopped shallot with the garlic, cooked the pasta in the stock and added a little chicken stock. We ate the whole thing in one night! Excellent, one of our favourite recipes. Thank you!  -  29 Sep 2008