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

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

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



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 carrot, finely chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 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)

yuliapilova's picture

Would it be ok, if I make chicken stock with the chicken thighs and then fry them a little bit?

chichi13's picture

Make this all the time, feeds whole family including fussy one and three year old. Sometimes vary veg and beans depending on what I have. I've used courgette and borlotti beans and not added parsley as I've nt had any.
Freezes great... I am so glad to have this in my repertoire!

maryrecipes's picture

Agree with earlier coments really tasty. I sometimes add mixed beans in hot/spicy sauce and some sweet chilli sauce to jazz it up. New pototaes added go well too!

helenm250's picture

Was surprised at just how tasty this was, with so few ingredients and being so simple. Even OH, who is not a great lover of celery, liked it. Definitely in the 'tried, tested and ticked' category.

plums1's picture

Oops again. I just realised I rated the wrong recipe. My above post is actually for the Spring Chicken in a Pot recipe. Doh!

plums1's picture

Oops, forgot to rate. Sorry for the DP too.

plums1's picture

This was gorgeous. Though I've just realised that I forgot to put haricot beans in. I also tried this recipe without the chicken and added fresh tortellini to the soup at the end. That was nice too. it's a bit similar to Italian brodo.

plums1's picture

This was gorgeous. Though I've just realised that I forgot to put haricot beans in. I also tried this recipe without the chicken and added fresh tortellini to the soup at the end. That was nice too. it's a bit similar to Italian brodo.

plums1's picture

This was gorgeous. Though I've just realised that I forgot to put haricot beans in. I also tried this recipe without the chicken and added fresh tortellini to the soup at the end. That was nice to. it's a bit similar to Italian brodo.

nicbow's picture

Brilliant!! Wasn't expecting much from this as it seemed too simple...but it really is good! I am dieting so make a double batch of this and freeze in individual portions. Didn't have haricot beans last time so used a mix of cannelini, butterbeans and chickpeas...even better!!! A weekly favourite now that you wouldn't know was low fat!

thorfrost's picture

Lovely & tasty, both adults and all 3 children loved it, have made several times.

kerriemoles's picture

3 Words...
Easy, Tasty..Healthy!!
Just made this and its great, got some of those plastic cartons and portioned it up for throughout the week to take to work for lunch!
Fantastic, totally recommend

crystal85's picture

Not a fan of this found it very watery and tasteless

meleon's picture

Lovely recipe I made it tonight and it was delicious, will be making again & again!!

eckstardeluxe's picture

Amazing recipe, have made this so many times. I added some chopped bacon too which was amazing. Very tasty and filling and really easy to make. I even dragged the hubby in to help prep!

donnadrew's picture

Really tasty & filling! I omitted the oil but fried off some lardons, before adding the chicken. I added 3 large potatoes cubed, & replaced the celery with a leek. I used 4 large carrots in chunks & also added some soaked split broad beans. The result was a beautiful thick yummy bowl (or 2...) of loveliness for a freezing evening!! Served with crusty bread & a glass of red.

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Sorry, forgot to rate!

superchefpp3's picture

Against my expectations this turned out to be a beautiful dish! The reason I say against my expectations is that it is obviously a "healthy" dish and ironically I am not a big fan of beans! However, I followed the recipe practically to the letter and the taste of the food produced was absolutely delicious. All the ingredients work really well together and I will definitely be making this again as all the family loved it.

jnduggan's picture

A really nice dish especially for midweek. I didn't have celery, so just added more onion, red and white and also 2 potatoes to bulk it out a bit. Also used knorr stock pots and a knorr herb infusion pot which made the sauce gorgeous. Dead easy, filling and relatively healthy!

josp74's picture

I wasn't very confident about this recipe as from the ingredients you wonder where the flavour is. However I have been very pleasantly surprised. Like others I'm not keen on celery and so added 2 small leeks instead but everything else was the same. A low fat healthy meal that is lovely and tasty and perfect on a winter evening, it was also very easy to make. I served with crusty bread and this will be added to this list!


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