Autumn Chicken and Beans

My youngest daughter e-mailed this recipe to me back in November of 2003 – a dish that was just right for the brisk weather of November.  It’s a quick and easy dish to make if you have cooked chicken breast on hand.  The one-cup servings are perfect for those watching the fat and calories before and after Thanksgiving.  A two-cup serving would be a hearty autumn meal.


  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced tart apple
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked, cubed chicken breast
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 15.5 oz. can of cannellini beans*
  • 1 Tbsp. raisins
  • Salt/Pepper

*Navy, Great Northern, pinto or kidney beans can be substituted

In a large skillet, saute onion, pepper, apple and garlic in oil until apple cubes are fork tender.

Add the chicken, cumin, and cinnamon.  Stir in beans and raisins.  Heat to boiling, then lower heat and simmer 5 to 8 minutes until mixture is slightly thickened.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve at once.

4 one-cup servings or 2 generous servings.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

4 thoughts on “Autumn Chicken and Beans”

  1. Sounds and looks yummy! I like that it doesn’t take that much meat – a budget stretcher. I buy the yellow and orange peppers, and sometimes have to get a red one because of the cost of all three versus just the two. This would be a good way to use that. Do you know if I can chop the peppers and freeze them?

    I have a wooden spoon like that. The carpenter-husband of a friend made a set of wooden utensils for my husband, and I’m still using them.

    1. I’ve chopped and frozen peppers for use in cooked dishes – they wouldn’t be good in salads after defrosting.

      A hand-made wooden spoon would be wonderful – a real treasure. Lillian

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