Cazuela de Pollo y Frijoles Blancos(White Bean and Chicken Casserole)

by Erica Dinho on May 28, 2010

The picture may not look appetizing, but this white bean and chicken casserole was absolutely delicious. Easy and simple to make and you can use your left over chicken. It sounds perfect to me :)

This dish is very versatile, you almost can’t go wrong with any variety of ingredients. Try using pulled pork or roasted tofu in place of the chicken and red or black beans instead of white beans.

Have a nice weekend and buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 bacon slices, chopped
  • 1 ripe plantain, peeled and diced
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sazon goya with azafran
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 (15 oz)cans white beans
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cilantro or parsley for garnish
  • Cumin- Lime Cream

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt and pepper

Cazuela de pollo y frijoles blancos


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the bacon and cook for about 2 minutes or until browned. Transfer the bacon to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the plantains to the same sauce pan and cook for about 3 minutes or until browned and set aside on a plate for later use.
  3. Add the onions, scallions, red pepper, garlic, tomato and sauté until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cumin, paprika, sazon goya, salt and pepper.
  4. Add the chicken stock, white beans, potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 20 minutes over medium heat. Add the shredded chicken and bacon, stir well, cover the saucepan and cook for 10 minutes more. Add more chicken stock if necessary.
  5. To make the cumin cream: place all the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir and set aside.
  6. To serve: Divide the chicken and bean mixture in bowls. Add the cooked plantains on top and drizzle cumin cream. Garnish with cilantro or parsley. Serve warm with white plain rice.
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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM

That looks fabulous! I love white beans, they’re so creamy. :)



2 Belinda @zomppa May 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM

YUM! What a pretty dish.


3 Ruth May 28, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Oh boy the pic does look really appetising!


4 grace May 28, 2010 at 4:42 PM

on the contrary–i think it looks great! that cumin-lime cream adds a ton of appeal!


5 Lyndsey May 28, 2010 at 5:41 PM

It looks good to me! yummm!


6 Faith May 28, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I think this looks incredibly delicious! I really love the plantain in there!


7 Baking is my Zen May 28, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Looks very delicious!!


8 Joy May 28, 2010 at 10:46 PM

The casserole sounds wonderful, but what has really inspired me is the cumin-line cream! Wow! Thanks!


9 5 Star Foodie May 28, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Sounds super delicious with white beans and potatoes!


10 Joanne May 29, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I have been looking for white bean recipes lately since I’ve absolutely fallen in love with them! I think these pictures look great…perfect for the comfort food that this is. I would love to try this with some pulled pork!


11 Erica May 29, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Thank you guys for visiting my site and for the comments!


12 norma May 29, 2010 at 9:16 AM

I like the addition of the “maduros”. Sweet and savory!


13 Ivy May 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

A delicious and healthy meal. Pity that some of the ingredients are not easily found.


14 Gloria May 29, 2010 at 6:47 PM

I think look really yummy Erica!! xx gloria


15 Tina Marie May 29, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Oh I agree with Gloria’s comment, it looks qite good. I am a big fan of wite beans. They make a good addition to so many meals. Nice post!


16 tasteofbeirut May 29, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Such a delicious casserole with these plantains and that cumin-flavored cream; we use cumin a lot in lebanese cooking especially with chicken.


17 Anna May 30, 2010 at 1:23 AM

That’s very interesting combination, I would love that, with the plantains and white beans. It looks delicious Erica. :-)


18 Hannah May 30, 2010 at 2:17 AM

I wish I could find plantains here in Australia… there’s really no good substitute for them. If I ever track them down, I’m going to make this!


19 pierre May 30, 2010 at 5:56 AM

this casserole looks good to me !! thanks Erica !! Pierre


20 rebecca May 30, 2010 at 8:26 AM

looks very tasty to me will make this one for sure




21 Sook May 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Wow, Erica, this is such a nice meal! Looks tasty!


22 Sinful Southern Sweets May 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Beautiful dishes!! can’t wait to give some of these a try


23 Gabriel May 30, 2010 at 8:44 PM

I have visited Colombia last week and I really love their delicious dishes. Can’t wait to make this on my own. I will let my friends taste Colombian dishes. Thanks


24 Erica June 3, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Thank you all :)


25 Oysterculture June 6, 2010 at 5:44 PM

This dish just sounds and looks so good, Columbian home cooking at its finest. I must make this one soon, although I say that about all your fantastic recipes!


26 Katie July 14, 2010 at 4:12 AM

It sounds really good. It helps me to think how to use my left over chicken. Sometimes I throw them because I don’t know how I am going to do with the left overs. Thanks. Very delicious and helpful post.


27 Brittany August 13, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Thanks for the recipe. I’d love to make this at home.


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