Chicken & white bean stew

Chicken & white bean stew

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4
This flavoursome, low-fat casserole freezes really well, so why not make double and freeze half for next time

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal291
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre11g
  • protein30g
  • salt0.66g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

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  • 400g boneless, skinless chicken thigh, trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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  • 3 carrot, finely chopped



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  • 3 celery sticks, finely chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 thyme sprigs or ½ tsp dried


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • 600ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 x 400g / 14oz cans haricot beans, drained
  • chopped parsley, to serve



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the chicken, then fry until lightly browned. Add the veg, then fry for a few mins more. Stir in the herbs and stock. Bring to the boil. Stir well, reduce the heat, then cover and cook for 40 mins, until the chicken is tender.

  2. Stir the beans into the pan, then simmer for 5 mins. Stir in the parsley and serve with crusty bread.

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Comments (128)

toryturner's picture

My hubby found this bland but I enjoyed it

clair_burns's picture

Lovely meal! Have made a few times now & still enjoy! I usually add more than I says so we have it for a few days!

cayecabrera's picture

I did not rate it earlier! Top marks!

cayecabrera's picture

Simply delicious!!!! We are on post-Xmas diets and it is very wholesome and filling for such a low calorie/low fat recipe. I used just one tin of beans, and 850mls of stock- half vegetable, half chicken and made it with thyme.

lseastwood's picture

I'm not generally a big fan of stews, but decided to try this recipe on the grounds of the overwhelmingly positive reviews it has received. Whilst it did have a nice flavour, it was a fairly standard stew and so has not made a convert of me. Or my husband, who picked out the chicken and left the rest!

alison41's picture

Super tasty, easy to make and highly recommend!

cook9mk's picture

This was bland and disappointing, will not be making this again.

trufflepig91's picture

Great recipe! I cook this stew all the time now. I just added some chopped garlic and salt and pepper for a little extra flavour.

brennie72's picture

Very easy, very healthy, very tasty and very cheap! A winner!

chocolicious's picture

Didn't have any haricot so used 1xflagolet and 1xcannelini also added some garlic and a little balsamic vinegar. Yum!

lynnbelmar's picture

Made this for 2 of us so it did us for two meals. Ate crusty olive bread with it on the first night and garlic bread the second. An absolutely delicious meal, very easy to make. Amazed at how tasty it is considering the simple ingredients. Very filling, great on a cold evening. As I am trying to lose weight, it suited my dietary requiremnts. Hubby loved it and has asked that we have it again - it definitely goes in my "keeper" box!

foxliketheanimal's picture

Very disappointing! Reading the list of ingredients, I worried that this might be bland. However, given the large number of positive reviews, I thought I'd give it the benefit of the doubt. I used Knorr stockpot stock cubes, as recommended by other reviewers. Unfortunately the end result was incredibly bland and tasteless - I've actually just ordered takeaway pizza as there is no way that I can serve this up to my husband when he gets in at 7.30 from a long day at work.

megang25's picture

My family love this meal. I usually add some chopped up, fried pancetta to give it a bit more flavour & depth. With some warm, crusty bread & a glass of white wine, it does very nicely for a Saturday autumn supper!

jodietaber's picture

I added garlic and a splash of white wine and it was delicious! Husband loved it and will definitely be one of our weekday regulars.

jodietaber's picture

I added garlic and a splash of white wine and it was delicious! Husband loved it and will definitely be one of our weekday regulars.

alibambi90's picture

This was great,had it on a Saturday afternoon with some chunky chips. Ideal for freezing too. Proper comfort food!

helenperry's picture

This is absolutely delicious - and bizarrely healthy for something that tastes so good. One of my favourite dishes ever.

mahsa_mrm84's picture

delicious recipe! I also added some chopped green pepper.

m_saafan's picture

I'm trying to lose some weight and I was looking for something quick and whole and with some soup to it, I came across this recipe and it turned out really good. I added some potatoes and peas and used a bit less white beans and celery leaves instead of parsley and it was very much what I had in mind. A simple quick and good-tasting recipe.

dashna21's picture

I love this receipe. I add chilli flakes to give it some heat, garlic and fresh corriander to garnish. Cant fault it. I love chicken and it seems to be popluar with my 1year old too.


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