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Garlic Herb Chicken and Cannellini Beans

Garlic herb chicken with cannellini beans is made with juicy chicken pieces marinated in a delicious garlic and herb marinade. Once marinated, the tender chicken is cooked with onions and creamy white beans for the perfect combination of textures and flavors in one pan.

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Whether you’re cooking for a family gathering or a casual dinner with friends, this garlic and herb chicken recipe will surely be a hit. The juicy chicken combined with the tangy marinade captures the essence of comfort and deliciousness.

Even though this Tuscan chicken is a meal by itself, add a side of a zesty arugula salad for a complete and easy dinner.

Why you will love Garlic Herb Chicken and Cannellini Beans

  • The flavor of fresh garlic and aromatic herbs is a perfect match for bland chicken and beans.
  • It’s quick and easy to make; once the chicken has been marinated, this chicken dinner can be on your table in less than an hour!
  • It’s made in one pan, and that means easy clean-up!
ingredients for Garlic Herb Chicken and Cannellini Beans on a cutting board with fresh herbs, olive oil, chicken, red onions, garlic, white beans and lemon juice and wine

Here is what you will need

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  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Garlic
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh oregano, fresh parsley, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary
  • Onion
  • White cannellini beans
  • White wine


Here is how to make garlic herb chicken with cannellini beans

Prepare the ingredients: remove the outer skin from the garlic, rinse and dry the herbs, and squeeze the lemon juice.

Just before cooking, slice the onions thin; rinse and drain the beans if you are using canned beans.

Overhead view of garlic, herbs, oil, lemon juice in a food processro

STEP 1. Add cloves of garlic, fresh herbs, olive oil, and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor.

STEP 2. Process the ingredients into a thin paste.

The marinade mixed together in food processor

an overhead view of boneless chicken breasts covered in herb marinade

STEP 3. Cover the chicken pieces in a non-reactive dish or bowl in the marinade mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.

STEP 4. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken pieces and cook undisturbed until the chicken turns golden brown (about 5 to 8 minutes).

The boneless chicken cooking in a pan

a view of chicken cooking in a pan with onions

STEP 5. Once the chicken turns golden brown on one side, flip into ver and add the onions. Reduce to medium heat and cook until the onions wilt and chicken is golden on both sides (approximately 5 minutes).

STEP 6. Stir in the beans, wine and simmer on low heat for at least 5 minutes.

overhead of chicken cooking in a pan with beans

Ingredient notes and substitutions

Boneless chicken breasts – I recommend using either boneless chicken breasts, chicken tenders or boneless skinless chicken thighs as they cook quickly.

It’s not recommended to cook chicken with the bone-in as it will take longer to cook.

Fresh herbs – You can use any combination of fresh herbs for this recipe. Our favorite combination is: rosemary, thyme, oregano, & fresh basil. I have also made this recipe with sage, rosemary, and parsley, and mint and parsley. Try experimenting with different combinations of herbs.

Onion – I like to use red onions when I make garlic herb chicken. They add a touch of color and are mid-range in onion flavor, but you can use any onion in this recipe.

Cannellini Beans – Any variety of white beans can be used in this recipe. I prefer cannellini beans because they have a meatier texture. Navy beans or great northern beans will also work.

Canned beans are my preference because of their convenience, but you can use dried beans that have been cooked.

White Wine – Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio are the best wine choices in this dish. They are mellow and fairly neutral in flavor.

Substitute white wine with low-sodium chicken broth or chicken stock for a non-alcohol version.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this tender chicken recipe garnished with shredded parmesan cheese, a side of nice crusty bread, steamed broccoli, air fryer cauliflower, roasted veggies like these roasted baby turnips, green beans or simple salad.

Storing and Using Leftovers

Leftover garlic herb chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days.

Reheat it over low heat on top of the stove, or in the microwave.

Leftover suggestions for garlic herb chicken: Stuff it into a crusty roll, on top of a bed of greens, or with sauteed greens such as spinach or kale.

An overhead view of garlic herb chicken with white beans on a plate with broccoli and cauliflower

Change up the meat – use boneless pork chops, or seafood such as swordfish, halibut, shrimp or scallops.

Make it Tex-Mex Chicken with beans – replace the lemon juice with lime juice, use cilantro and oregano for fresh herbs and switch to kidney or black beans.

Spicy garlic & herb chicken – Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes before simmering the chicken and beans.


  • For nicely browned chicken, pat the chicken dry with a paper towel before cooking, and resist the temptation to touch the chicken for 5 minutes.
  • Start with a hot skillet when you sear the meat which will help to develop a flavorful crust.
Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh herbs in this recipe?

This recipe is made with fresh ingredients, and it is not recommended to use fresh herbs.

Can I freeze chicken and cannellini beans ahead of time?

Yes, you can freeze leftover cooked garlic herb chicken. Allow it to cool completely then store it in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating it in a skillet or oven.

Can I make garlic herb chicken and cannellini beans ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the marinade in advance and marinate the chicken for up to 2 days. This will elevate the flavors even more! When it’s time to cook, follow the recipe instructions.

Can I make chicken with cannellini beans in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can make this recipe in a slow cooker. Follow the recipe instructions for searing the chicken and onions. Place the seared chicken and onion mixture into a crock pot, add the beans and wine. Cook for 3 to 4 hours on low heat.

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One Pan Garlic Herb Chicken with White Beans

Boneless chicken breasts soak up the flavorful marinade that’s made of fresh pureed herbs and garlic.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time – Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Anne


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  • 1/4 cup [olive oil]
  • 4 cloves garlic rough chopped
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 to one cup combination of fresh herbs such as: oregano parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons [olive oil]
  • 1/2 medium red onion sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups white beans
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine such as pinot grigio


  • At least 3 hours before serving make the marinade by placing 1 cup herbs, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup lemon juice and 4 clove garlic into a food processor or blender and blend until pureed, if the mixture is thick you can add a bit of water.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken pieces and marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator or overnight if possible.
  • Bring the chicken to room temperature, and heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy pan over medium to high heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add the chicken pieces and cook them undisturbed until the chicken turns golden brown on one side (about 5 to 8 minutes) .
  • Flip the chicken over, add the onion slices and cook for 5  minutes longer.
  • Next, stir in the white beans and wine, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes covered.


Boneless chicken breasts can be substituted with boneless chicken thighs.
Fresh lemon juice can be replaced with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice concentrate.
White wine swap one to one with low-sodium chicken broth.
See the article above for recipe variations, cooking tips and more


Serving: 1 | Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 476mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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  1. I made this for dinner last night and it was so delicious! The chicken was tender and flavorful and I just loved the fresh flavor from all the herbs. Plus, it was a great excuse to open up a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. 🙂 Thanks for a great recipe!