Chicken & white bean stew

Chicken & white bean stew

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(142 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
    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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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.
24th Apr, 2013
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.
22nd Apr, 2013
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.
18th Apr, 2013
My hubby found this bland but I enjoyed it
18th Apr, 2013
My hubby found this bland but I enjoyed it


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