Sunday, January 06, 2013

What's For Dinner - Chicken & Calico Beans

I struggle with  meal planning.  I just can't do it.  I have tried but it just does not work for me.  I'm always struggling to get a meal on the table each night.  Tonight it's chicken night.  I always look in freezer to see what we have and then I either try a new recipe or something I've done in the past.  My husband requested this again.  I'm going to share it with you.  Of course, I have picky triplets so I made an additional batch of grilled chicken and am making pasta for those picky ones.

This is one of my husband's favorites:

Chicken & Calico Beans

1 tbsp veg oil
1 onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp prepared Mustard
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp salt
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I grill it).
1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16 oz) can baked beans

1. Preheat oven to 375.  Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat; add onion and celery.  Cook stirring occasionally, until celery is tender about 5 minutes.

2. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and salt in a small bowl.

3. Add chicken and beans to skillet; stir well.  Pour ketchup mixture over chicken and beans; stir to coat.

4. Spoon mixture into a med casserole.  Bake chicken mixture until hot and bubbly, about 35 minutes.

Variation: If you have white beans or pinto beans on hand, they can be used instead of kidney beans.

Also turkey, ham or pork can be in place of the chicken.

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