Hearty Chicken Stew

This is the most delicious and vibrant take on chicken soup, the get well classic, that I could come up with. Lots of hearty pieces of chicken[ meat, a sweet broth with lots of bright veggies. I add a touch of heat with hot sauce at the end to get a little sweat going to get all those evil sick bugs out. Make it ahead of time and just heat it up at my friend's house.]

Total Time:
2 hr 15 min
15 min
2 hr

6 to 8 servings

  • 4 small onions, quartered
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into -2inch chunks
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, skin removed
  • Handful thyme sprigs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds red bliss potatoes, washed and quartered
  • 2 handfuls green beans, trimmed
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste

In a large pot, combine onions, garlic, carrots, chicken and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Add cold water to cover. Bring to boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Skim and discard any scum that may come to the top.

Simmer until the meat of the chicken falls off the bone with almost no pressure from a fork, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove the chicken pieces to a plate. Use 2 forks to separate the meat from the bone. Add the meat back to pot.

Add the potatoes, cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Add green beans, cook until crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, add hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste.

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This is my husband's signature dish!! He makes this several times a year. He is a big fan of fresh green beans and he does add mushrooms when he has them. Easy, AND delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this dish- especially because you can get rotisserie chicken at the grocery store which is half the work! It's delicious and refreshing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good flavors, but I needed to add some chicken broth. It didn't have much liquid. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor is fantastic. I used chicken broth instead of water. But... it was no stew. I made it a stew by thickening the broth. Then it was a great stew item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for my husband tonight, and he loved it! I just added a few tweaks. I NEVER use water in a soup base, I never find it has enough base. I always use the broth of the meat I am using (In this recipe I used Chicken). I also cooked the onions the later half of searing the chicken in a skillet with Olive Oil. I then de-glazed the pan with white wine and added that to the stock pot to cook. I also added about 6 or 8 cloves of garlic, just because we are garlic lovers! I really enjoyed this recipe, but with a few tweaks made it extra tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This makes a great basic recipe for a hearty soup (it's not quite a stew). I tweaked it a bit but overall kept the main instructions of the recipe. I browned the chicken first before adding the liquid and instead of all water, I put in a cup of chicken broth first. I didn't have fresh thyme so I used 1 full tsp. of dried thyme leaves instead and it worked fine. Kosher salt is a key ingredient; I used 1 tsp. of that as well. Next time, I will try adding different vegetables into the mix but overall, a great start! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this on super cold days...it is soooo flavorful! Use fresh thyme, if you substitute for flaked you will not get the same effect...very easy but a little time consuming. You can easily prep ahead of time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Overall, a great recipe that I will use again soon. I added about a can of chicken broth in addition to the water. I also added curry powder for extra flavor and spice, as well as zuchini (last 10 min). Had to use dried thyme, and it worked fine. If you can wait, I recommend cooking a day ahead and eating the next day - the flavors are more developed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good stew, i used about 2 tblsp of dried thyme. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was disappointed with this recipe. I made it like the directions said but it had a very thin broth to it with not much flavor. I added chicken broth and more seasonings but it was still missing something. My family didn't care for it at all and I won't make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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