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 carrots, finely chopped



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  • 3 celery sticks, finely chopped



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  • 2 thyme sprigs or ½ tsp dried


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  • 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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  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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29th Aug, 2014
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.
8th Jul, 2014
Add lots of garlic and then it's lovely.
18th May, 2014
Added garlic. Was ok but didn't overly excite us
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3rd May, 2014
Uninspiring, but palatable. More of a 'broth' than a 'stew'.
28th Apr, 2014
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.
20th Oct, 2013
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.
4th Oct, 2013
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!
7th Sep, 2013
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.
24th Aug, 2013
My husband doesn't like beans very much, so I used a hand blender. For a super healthy chicken and mash!
23rd Jun, 2013
Yummy and healthy. Added garlic purée and lots of pepper for a scrumptious lunch.


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