Herbed Chicken and Beans Soup

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 to 8
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 400 grams dry beans uncooked
  • 1 kilogram whole chicken
  • 1 large large onion
  • 1 whole whole garlic
  • 10 large large tomatoes
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • salt
  • chopped parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Wash the beans. Soak in water overnight. A reader, Gay, once shared that if you add baking soda to dry beans, you can do with a few hours of soaking. Cook the beans in simmering water for about an hour and a half or until tender.
  • Place the chicken in a large deep pot, cover with water, add the whole garlic, onion, tomatoes, bay leaf, peppercorns, rosemary, oregano and salt. Bring to the boil, remove the scum as it rises, lower the heat, cover and simmer for an hour to an hour and a half.
  • Remove the chicken, garlic, onion and tomatoes from the broth. Cool. Discard the bay leaves. Debone the chicken. Do not flake the meat; rather, tear them into fairly large pieces. See the photo above to get an idea.
  • Peel and mash the garlic, onion and tomatoes. Return everything to the pot, add the cooked beans (including the liquid in which they cooked), add more salt if necessary, bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. That’s it. You’ve got yourself a great hearty soup. Garnish with chopped parsley, if you wish, just before serving. Accompanied by bread, this herbed chicken and beans soup is a complete meal.