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Asian-Spiced Chicken and Beans

No recipe image available.This flavorful chicken and bean dish is sure to become one of your favorite "go-to" recipes for the slow-cooker.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup dry-packaged navy beans
1/2 cup dry-packaged red beans
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 large carrots, diagonally sliced
2 to 3 teaspoons minced garlic
2 to 3 teaspoons minced gingerroot or 1 to 2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth - divided use
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
4 cups cooked rice
Sliced green onions and tops, as garnish
Chopped peanuts, as garnish

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cover combined beans with 2 inches water in large saucepan and heat to boiling; let boil, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set aside for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours. Drain soaking water and rinse.
  2. Place beans, chicken, carrots, garlic, ginger, and 1 1/4 cups chicken broth in slow cooker; stir well. Cover and cook on low until beans are tender, 5 1/2 to 6 hours.
  3. Turn slow cooker to high. Stir in combined cornstarch and remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth; stir in crushed red pepper. Cover and cook until thickened, about 30 minutes. Stir in soy sauce.
  4. Serve over rice; sprinkle with green onions and peanuts.

Makes 6 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each).

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories 375; Fat 3 g; % Calories from Fat 7; Calcium 86 mg; Carbohydrate 56 g; Folate 136 mcg; Sodium 285 mg; Protein 30 g; Dietary Fiber 10 g; Cholesterol 46 mg.

Recipe provided courtesy of The Bean Education & Awareness Network.