Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and Escarole

This is a healthy dish with an outrageously tasty sauce. Serve over brown rice or whole wheat pasta and enjoy seconds.

This is an original Food Network recipe. Click the link to read the reviews.


  • 8 bone-in skinless chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb mix
  • 1 head escarole (about 1 pound), coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup grated pecorino (about 1-ounce)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large, deep ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Lay the chicken skinned-side down in the skillet, and brown, in batches if needed, over medium-high heat, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a platter.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook until slightly soft, about 7 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until brick red, about 1 minute. Add the wine and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits that cling to the pan. Add the beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, and Italian herbs and bring to a boil. Return the chicken along with any collected juices to the pan. Transfer to the oven and bake, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through, tender and lightly browned, about 25 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a platter. Return the pan to the stovetop over medium heat, stir in the escarole and cook until the greens wilt, about 4 minutes. Stir in the cheese, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Divide the chicken among 4 plates. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve.