Chicken legs with pesto, butter beans & kale served in a casserole dish

Chicken legs with pesto, butter beans & kale

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4

Prep this chicken dish with pesto, kale and butter beans in five minutes and with just five main ingredients. It makes a great family weeknight dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal626
  • fat34g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre11g
  • protein53g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 skin-on chicken legs
  • 2 x 400g cans butter beans, drained
  • 4 tbsp good quality pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 100ml white wine
  • 180g kale, woody stalks removed



    A member of the cabbage family, kale comes in two forms: kale, which has smooth leaves, and…

  • ½ lemon, juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. Heat a splash of oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat, season the chicken and add to the pan skin-side down. Brown for 7-10 mins until the skin is golden and crisp. Meanwhile, mix the butter beans with the pesto, wine and 100ml water. Flip the chicken legs over so the crispy side is facing up and pour the butter bean mix around them (be careful not to pour over the chicken so the skin remains crisp).

  2. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 20-30 mins until the liquid has reduced by about half and the chicken is cooked through. Remove the meat, set aside and cover with foil. Add the kale to the butter beans, along with the lemon juice, season and cook for 3-5 mins until wilted. Add a splash more water if it looks too dry. Split between four plates, top with the crispy chicken legs and crack over some black pepper and add an extra spoonful of pesto, if you like.

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26th Jun, 2018
Really tasty dish, however the chicken took forever to cook. After 50mins it still wasn't done, so I put a lid on it and sacrificed the crispy skin I got many, many fat spit burns for. I would make it again, however I would either roast the chicken, or use thighs and drumsticks as others have. On the plus side it's the only time I've ever enjoyed kale!!
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2nd Jun, 2018
A very tasty dish. I made with store bought pesto. Chicken thighs and drums. Spinach because kale is evil. Sherry instead of wine. And some green pepper and tageletile. Very nice.
26th Apr, 2018
Fantastic dish! Made this with chicken thighs, homemade pesto, and added some roasted cherry tomatoes on top at the end. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
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