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
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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


    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



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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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pontifex maximus's picture
pontifex maximus
30th Jan, 2016
just needs a little garlic and crispy bacon....lovely recipe
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pontifex maximus
26th Jan, 2016
with the suggested additions a very delicious recipe, will make it again!
Adam Ryan
29th Mar, 2015
After reading previous comments I fried garlic with the onions, added a bouquet garni to the casserole, lots of fresh thyme and added fried smoked back bacon rasher slivers and lots of black pepper to the dish prior to the 40 minute simmer. I used borlotti and broad beans, which gave some colour, as my local supermarket didn't have the beans listed in the recipe. After all that tinkering, it was lovely. Without the tinkering I think it would have tasted very bland and looked very beige. The end result was very tasty and I would make it again.
20th Mar, 2015
Very nice if you add more seasoning.
12th Jan, 2015
lovely recipe cook this often, however i have changed this slightly by putting cauliflower in which helps thicken into a sauce. also family like creamier sauces so add a little creme freche and corn flower to thicken. lovely!
29th Oct, 2014
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.
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'.


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