Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)
in a Dutch oven or other heavy pot set over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, pat the
Chicken Thighs (2 lb)
dry and season generously with salt and pepper.
Working in batches if necessary, carefully add the chicken thighs to the pot, skin-side down, spacing them evenly. Cook without moving for 4-6 minutes, until the skin is golden brown
Flip and cook on the other side for 2 minutes.
Transfer the thighs to the prepared sheet pan and roast for 15-25 minutes, depending on the size of the thighs until cooked through or until it reaches 165 degrees F (70 degrees C) internal temperature. Sprinkle lightly with salt and set aside to rest.
Meanwhile, make the stew. Drain all but about 3 Tbsp fat from the pan and turn the heat to medium-low. Add the
Shallots (1 cup)
and cook, stirring often, for 3-5 minutes, until tender and translucent. Turn the heat to low if the shallots begin browning too quickly.
Garlic (1 Tbsp)
and cook for thirty seconds, until fragrant. Add
Dry White Wine (1/2 cup)
and cook, scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, until about half the liquid has evaporated
Chicken Broth (3 cups)
Kidney Beans (3 cans)
Kosher Salt (1/2 Tbsp)
Ground Black Pepper (1/2 tsp)
and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Asparagus (1 2/3 cups)
and simmer, partly covered, for about 5 minutes, until the asparagus is crisp-tender.
Kale Leaves (1 bunch)
, add them to the pot, and cook, tossing often, until wilted. (No need to chop if you are using spinach.) Add
Frozen Green Peas (1/2 cup)
and cook for 2 more minutes. If the stew is too thin at this point, simmer for a few more minutes to reduce the liquid.
Off the heat, stir in juice from
Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/3 cup)
, and half of the
Fresh Herbs (1/3 cup)
. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
For each serving, place a chicken thigh in a shallow bowl and ladle the stew around it. Zest the remaining
over the dish, then finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of the remaining fresh herbs.