Chicken & white bean stew in bowl with spoon

Easy chicken casserole

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(151 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4

This flavoursome, low-fat chicken casserole is easy to make and freezes really well, so why not make double and freeze for speedy midweek meals

Nutrition and extra info

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

Nutrition: per serving

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

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 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 carrots, 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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fly beyond border's picture
fly beyond border
24th Aug, 2019
So flavorful Thank you
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Judy Martin
15th Jan, 2019
I love this recipe. I used some bacon and garlic as extra flavourings as some of the commenters suggested and it was so tasty. It is a perfect winter dish, both filling and full of goodness.
9th Jan, 2019
We really liked this, but thought it more of a thick soup. I did use less liquid and only 1 can of beans, also fried 2 bacon rashers first which added more flavour to the oil. I then chopped them up and garnished the dish with the at the end. A keeper
22nd Jan, 2018
Didn't add anything just a bit more seasoning and it was delicious.
John The Boy
12th Sep, 2017
Great meal. Added a few extras - smoked bacon lardons, chorizo, Spanish pimentón, turmeric and used one tin of borlotti beans as well as one of haricot. The broth, I thickened, was one of the best tastes we've had, combine that with the rest of the ingredients and this is a major hit!
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6th Jun, 2017
Added garlic and cauliflower as suggested and a few green olives. Definitely more of a soup than a stew but very very good, use a good quality stock and you're laughing!
24th Apr, 2017
After reading the comments I added garlic, chilli, bacon, twice as much thyme and to garnish chopped spring onions and because we prefer it coriander.
12th Apr, 2017
I always add garlic and use a good strong chicken stock. Hearty warming pick me up best eaten while curled up on the sofa
3rd Mar, 2017
I've not made this recipe as advertised yet, but instead adapted it as many others have. I'm a lazy cook, so use bacon lardons, chicken thigh fillets, frozen diced onion, fresh garlic, frozen casserole veg, tinned baby new potatoes and whatever beans are to hand (butter beans are lovely) and the recommended stock and seasonings. I portion it up and use it for lunches at work with a small piece of crusty bread. Apart from the lardons there isn't a drop of fat in this meal and yet it is so delicious and moorish. Hands down my favourite winter warmer!
Adam Ryan
25th Nov, 2016
After reading earlier reviews I added garlic, chopped smoked bacon, extra thyme, dried herbs de Provence and bouquet garni to the pot. To give it some colour I added a tin of borlotti beans and a bag of frozen soya beans. It was devine. I didn't bother to add creme fraiche, as suggested by another reviewer, as it didn't need it in the end. I think it would have been very bland without a little additional 'help'.


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