Delicious Chicken Stew Recipe for a Chilly Day

chicken stew recipe with vegetables

I’d like to think I’d be craving ice cream by now, but with a nip still in the air, my go-to chicken stew recipe is on my mind. I love this stew at any time of year, especially when I’m hungry, but want a healthy option. This variation of Giada De Laurentiis’ Chicken Spezzatino is hearty, yet fresh and light at the same time. I recently shared the recipe with a friend and she gave it the thumbs up, so I thought you all might like it too.

While Giada uses split chicken breast on the bone (which I’ve done and it does add flavor) I opt for the easier alternative – boneless chicken breast and lots of it. I also prefer to use only white kidney beans (cannellini) vs. red. I think this adds to the lighter essence of the chicken stew which I favor. My final adaptation is that while the original recipe calls for ½ cup of fresh basil leaves. I load up with one, maybe even two cups. I just love the fresh basil taste and aroma.

Hear it goes…

Chicken Stew Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-4 stalks celery, cut
  • 2 carrot, peeled and cut
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 28oz. chopped, crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5oz. can low-salt vegetable broth
  • 1-2 cup fresh basil leaves (I leave them whole)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2-3 boneless chicken breast
  • 1 can Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions

Warm oil in a pot. Add onion, celery and carrot until onions are translucent. Add salt, pepper and thyme.

 

Chicken Stew ingredients - sauteed onion, carrot, celery
Mirepoix – onion, carrot, celery

 

Add chicken breast and brown slightly.

 

Boneless chicken breast with chicken stew ingredients
Boneless chicken breast

 

Add tomato and chicken broth. Press chicken to submerge and bring to a boil. Add tomato paste (I skip this if I don’t have any in) and bay leaf. Lower heat to a simmer. Allow chicken to cook through until tender and breaks apart relatively easily with a fork. Once cooked through, remove chicken to slightly cool.

 

Chicken cooking in for chicken stew recipe
Cook chicken until tender

 

Add cannellini beans and basil to the broth.

 

Basil and white kidney beans - cannellini beans
Basil and beans

 

When chicken is cool enough to handle, break apart into bite size pieces and add back to the stew.

 

chicken stew recipe
Break chicken apart and add back in

 

Let all of the ingredients in the chicken stew simmer together for 10 minutes. Take off burner and let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Remove bay leaf. Great with rice or crusty bread, but also perfectly filling on its own.

Enjoy!

 

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Amy O

Looks Delicious!

Frank

Have you been feeding this to Tony?

kiki

I must give this a try!

Maureen

You also gave this to me years ago and loved it! Now I’m craving it! Thanks for sharing.

Jen K

You gave me this recipe several years ago and I love it although never thought to try it with chicken breasts, I used the split chicken but regardless, it’s yummy! A definite staple in the healthy soup category! Thanks for the reminder!

Carolyn

Our grandkids love this recipe❤️