Chicken & white bean stew

Chicken & white bean stew

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
291
protein
30g
carbs
24g
fat
9g
saturates
2g
fibre
11g
sugar
9g
salt
0.66g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 400g boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 thyme sprigs or ½ tsp dried
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • 600ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 x 400g / 14oz cans haricot beans, drained
  • chopped parsley, to serve

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2009

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allie80's picture
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I love this dish and make it often as a mid-week meal that is healthy, tasty and filling. I've made it following the recipe exactly but also adapting it depending on what I have in (I often use a leek instead of an onion and sometimes use some new potatoes instead of beans). However, if you use a good quality stock, fresh veggies and nice chicken then the flavours of the ingredients sing and it doesn't need much else.

nid.noc's picture

Have just cooked this and agree with the other comments that it is soup rather than a stew and it would be bland and colourless without additions. So I added garlic and coloured beans as suggested and also added baby potatoes and splash of tabasco and will now eat it but its not recipe would use again.

mikeydread's picture

Add lots of garlic and then it's lovely.

catie74's picture

Added garlic. Was ok but didn't overly excite us

lauramoore23's picture
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Uninspiring, but palatable. More of a 'broth' than a 'stew'.

pinkkann's picture
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Lovely. Really simple but flavoursome. Difficult for me to understand why anyone would find it bland with so much onion, celery and herbs. Have made it a couple of times now and find it a filling but non-calorific mid-week meal. There is a fair amount of veg chopping.

lano01's picture

A bit bland and lacking in colour - no garlic or any other serious seasoning - I agree with mrsljpowell that it tastes like hospital food and i'm sure kids like it because of this. If I did it again I'd whack up the pepper and maybe even add some chorizo or bacon to give it a bit of a boost.

ginnymalan's picture

My kids (8 months and 2.5 years old) and I love this dish! It's so moreish and so easy and cheap ... and it's healthy! Each time I've added more veg - usually some parsnip and more carrots, and I add only 500ml of stock as it's a bit saucy otherwise!

mrsljpowell's picture
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I'm very disappointed with this after reading so many positive comments. I followed the recipe exactly, I used good quality stock, and yet it looked and tasted like hospital food.

yumminesss's picture
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My husband doesn't like beans very much, so I used a hand blender. For a super healthy chicken and mash!

charleyq's picture

Yummy and healthy. Added garlic purée and lots of pepper for a scrumptious lunch.

lisagil's picture
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I've made this a lot because it's really delicious. Excellent with bread, like the recipe says, especially homemade. I sometimes add garlic too.

GrinAndBearIt's picture
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This is one of those recipes that's much greater than the sum of the parts. Tasty and very filling - couldn't believe how much food you get for the calories. I'm doing the 5:2 diet and this is perfect for a fast day. I used half and half flageolet and kidney beans as didn't have any haricots, but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. I recommend using proper homemade stock if you can, but would probably still be nice with a cube.

toryturner's picture
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My hubby found this bland but I enjoyed it

toryturner's picture
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My hubby found this bland but I enjoyed it

toryturner's picture
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My hubby found this bland but I enjoyed it

clair_burns's picture
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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
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I did not rate it earlier! Top marks!

cayecabrera's picture
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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
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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!

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