Summer chicken & basil stew

Summer chicken & basil stew

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
One-pot suppers aren't just for the colder months. This light, fresh stew just needs crusty bread to mop up the juices

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal711
  • fat45g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre2g
  • protein47g
  • salt1.36g
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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…

  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp plain flour, seasoned
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 12 new potatoes, halved



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 150ml white wine
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 20g pack basil, leaves only



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • crusty bread, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large, flameproof casserole. Dust the chicken thighs with the seasoned flour and add to the casserole. Cook over a high heat, turning once, until golden all over.

  2. Add the peppers and potatoes to the casserole and cook for 3 mins. Pour in the white wine and chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Cover the casserole and simmer for 20-25 mins or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the basil and cook for another 5 mins. Serve with some crusty bread.

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Comments (41)

heather444's picture

delicious and easy to prepare, a good midweek meal.

srhowells's picture

Loved this but only when I added to the recipe.
I was only cooking for two so I changed the amounts a bit. Adding half and onion and one garlic sliced to the pan half way through cooking the 3 chicken thighs. Added only one pepper in but added one parsnip, three carrots and only 6 new potatoes let that fry for a bit and then added 100ml wine and 150ml of chicken stock. Definitely add the juice of a whole lime in at the end with the basel it was delicious.

joferg's picture

I replaced the wine with cider which made the sauce lovely & sweet. Also added an onion. My family really enjoyed it.

a.savina.yuksel's picture

The dish is pretty plain, needs more flavor. Would not recommend it.

pmccaig's picture

Delicious and very easy to prepare. My llittle boy (1 year old) loved it. I added a tin of cannellini beans which worked really well with the other ingredients.

cherrygogog's picture

Definitely recommend adding more veggies. I added squash, onion, garlic and carrots. added juice of one lime, bay leave and paprika while stewing. and it was quite a hit in the end. will give it a 4 after all the additions.

antoniag's picture

Previously starred this without being able to comment.

I don't know about the actual recipe, but I took the advice of other comments and diced the chicken; added onions, garlic, papricka and lime. Apsolutely goroeous and great feedback. Will definitely make this again.

barrybubbles's picture

I've made this a few times now and it's tasty! Having read the feedback I added garlic and celery and it adds a bit more flavour. Mushrooms sent the sauce a rather strange colour. Carrots and courgette work quite well (though of course the courgette disintegrated! Good for the vegephobes!). I pan fry the chicken thighs first and then take them out and drain some fat off and take the skin off to keep the fat a bit lower (and because I don't like the soggy chicken skin!). Oh and final comment I made it without wine too once and it was still tasty!

rida1997's picture

when you made it without wine, did you substitute anything in its place, or just left it out?

christapus's picture

A good basic recipe but I think it needs some work to make it great, would definitely recommend adding garlic, onion, courgette, mushrooms and carrots, needs bulking out a fair bit. Make sure you season well as I found it to be a little bit bland, will make again but with some changes (perhaps some chilli, olives and possibly some pinto/cannellini beans etc as other people have mentioned)

eleanormayo's picture

I made this for my sister and brother-in-law and we devoured the lot. I added 4 whole peeled cloves of garlic at the same time as the potatoes and peppers and some peas at the end with the basil which gave it an excellent splash of colour, although trimmed green beans would also work well.

sheelaghmcd's picture

Love this dish, used chicked breasts instead of thighs and white wine vinegar instead of white wine, it gives it a lovely tangy taste, yum..

ntaimitarha's picture

Forgot to leave a rating!

ntaimitarha's picture

Delicious - we also added onion, chopped chilli and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika - just gave it a bit more kick and was really tasty

barrygreenback's picture

I added carrots and served with rice

barrygreenback's picture

I added carrots and served with rice

irenemorrill's picture

Great midweek meal, I used boneless chicken thighs. Easy to make and full of flavour. True I would not think of a stew for a hot summer evening but this was a must!!

anna639's picture

This is a great recipe. Always a good response from guests.

floradora9's picture

I tried this recipe using chicken breasts which i braised in the stock and then shredded into the liquid before serving. I also added garlic, chilli and lemon. It was delicious.

hamishmum's picture

I love this recipe & have done it a number of times. Great one pot. I too added some onions which worked well. The basil adds an interesting taste to it.


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