Saturday, 18 December 2010

Baked Beans with Chicken Nuggets

I remember when I was much younger, going shopping with my Mum. We always went to John Lewis for lunch as a treat and I would always have baked beans with chicken nuggets, it was cooked with the chicken nuggets in with the beans, and I loved it. I wanted to try and replicate this but with homemade baked beans. This was really simple to make and was lovely and warming on a cold evening. I also had lots of leftovers and froze the, which was good as they were very easy to heat up in the microwave when I was ill and the last thing I wanted to do was cook.

Baked Beans with Chicken Nuggets (adapted from Olive Magazine January 2006)
(Serves 4)

olive oil
16 chicken nuggets
6 rindless bacon rashers, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
700ml passata (or use 2x 400g tins chopped tomatoes)
400g tin of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 onion, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven

heat a little oil in a large pan, add the bacon and onion and cook for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

Put the chicken nuggets into the oven or under the grill and cook according to the instructions on the packet, they take roughly 12-15 mins.

Pour in the passata, add the beans, paprika and sugar, then season and mix well. Bring to a simmer and cook everything together for 15 minutes. Once the chicken nuggets are cooked add them to the bean mixture and cook for about 5 mins. Serve.


  1. A question from a Yank who doesn't always know British food terms: are your chicken nuggets the breaded chicken pieces (like MacDonalds) intended to be deep fried or baked or are they just chunks of chicken without breading?

    Everyone has their special comfort foods that they turn to when they aren't feeling well or under stress. My wife considers grits and scrambled eggs her comfort food. It sounds like baked beans with chicken nuggets is yours.

  2. Hello Tim, they are breaded pieces of chicken like the ones from McDonalds, which just go in the oven.

    Grits and scrambled eggs sounds like a fantastic combination, I shall have to try it :)

  3. Seriously? You can get grits in Britain?

    My comfort food is egg drop soup. Very restorative unless it's too salty.

  4. Oh, the grits are cooked separately from the scrambled eggs. It could get messy if you tried to cook them together.

  5. Well you can get instant grits, which I'm told are nothing like the real thing, but thats all I can get!

    My comfort food is dumpling noodle soup. So good!