Chicken & white bean stew

Chicken & white bean stew

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(123 ratings)

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
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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 Jan, 2013
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.
24th Jan, 2013
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!
20th Jan, 2013
Super tasty, easy to make and highly recommend!
14th Jan, 2013
This was bland and disappointing, will not be making this again.
3rd Jan, 2013
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.
11th Nov, 2012
Very easy, very healthy, very tasty and very cheap! A winner!
10th Nov, 2012
Didn't have any haricot so used 1xflagolet and 1xcannelini also added some garlic and a little balsamic vinegar. Yum!
3rd Nov, 2012
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!
16th Oct, 2012
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.
29th Sep, 2012
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!


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