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
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
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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
excellent simplicity... My grandson said, and I quote..."Me lub dis stuff." This recipe keeps so well that I actually make enough to freeze some. I added more garlic, some truffle chips and celery for body. My highest recommendation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This wasn't a crowd pleaser. Lacked flavor...felt like I was adding A LOT of salt just to punch it up a bit. Won't make this again, I'm afraid. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The stew is easy to make and tastes great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best chicken soup I have ever made. You can easily add whatever vegetables your family likes and make everyone happy. The smell during cooking is heavenly!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this and it was deliscious! I would add more carrots, beans and garlic next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great soup! I browned the chicken breasts first then cooked the veggies. It was really wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I literally signed up for food network just so I could rate this stew. I make it probably every other week during our raw New England winters. I have made several variations and some of my favorites include using no potatoes and a little bit less of the shredded chicken (you can use any extra for a chicken salad the next day). This makes it a bit more of a soup rather than a stew. I also like using baby spinach or kale instead of green beans, but I've used all sorts of greens (snap peas, asparagus, whatever I had on hand) and it all tastes great! I also allow people to put their own amount of hot sauce in their bowls rather than adding it to the pot. The only caution I have is that I have never been able to serve more than 4 people with one batch of this soup. Its just too good!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
At first glance, this didn't appear to be much more than a recipe for chicken soup. I don't care for anything really "brothy" as I prefer mostly meat, veggies, and pasta, so I stupidly threw in a package or orzo, which soaked up ALL of the liquid. Even with my dumb mistake, this was just great! I wouldn't change a thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the combination of all of the ingredients but I still found it missing "something"...I added a can of chicken stock but still thought it needed something more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula's The Lady's Chicken Soup is WAY better than this, because it has tons more seasonings and much more succulent meat and hearty vegetables. BELIEVE ME, its the BEST chicken soup anyone will ever have, so skip this one and head on over to hers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Try this recipe and really enjoy this hearty chicken stew. Very tasty and wholesome with all the veggies. Definitely A+++ :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it - loved it - loved it! Made it in a slow cooker and was ready to eat when I got home. The beer tyme biscuits completed the meal. The biscuits were easy to make but they were not pretty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
STEW HAS GREAT FLAVORING AND IS EASY TO PREPARE> item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I saw Dave make this recipe, I was delighted because a friend of mine only eats dark meat chicken, and I had few recipes for for it. I've shared this recipe with others and it's always a hit! Sometimes, I substitute rice for the red potatoes, and it's like a thick chicken soup. Thanks Dave! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not only does this dish taste wonderful, it also smells great as it cooks. My pre-school daughter raves about the taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is more soup than stew but has wonderful flavor and is a great base to do a lot of different things with. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious chicken stew. Fills the house with that great smell in the winter that makes cold days easier to bare. The red pepper make the stew, but be careful...my wife doesn't like as much as I do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a simple stew, full of flavor and is not exspensive to make. Sometimes I leave out the potatoes to cut back on the carbs...no one knows the difference... All of my friends/family beg me to make it! I recommend it with the Beer-Thyme Biscuits, they are delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great chicken stew. BUT instead of water, we add chicken stock and now and then, some dumplings! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made this stew in my crockpot and it turned out absolutely fantastic its an easy delicious recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is easy and very good. The only thing I changed is is use peas and not green beans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very quick and easy. Lots of flavor for very little effort item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor and aroma of this stew is excellant. I never would have guessed that using chicken thigh meat would have such a impact on taste and on top of that adding fresh thyme. This makes for a great winter comfort food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so hearty that it was like eating chunks of chicken and vegetables with a light gravy (broth). Awesome!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this soup and another wonderful way to enjoy is to leave out potatoes,and green beans and add celery in place of carrots. When serving add broken blue corn chips and shredded chedder. You've now got a Wonderful Chicken Taco Soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this on a cold winter day when we were not feeling very well. It really hit the spot and was easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe exactly according to the instructions except for the hot sauce and it was wonderful. Perfect after a long cold day of work! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy to put together and very low maintenance during the cooking process. While the flavor was wonderful the potato didn't add anything in my opion. Fantastic for a cold NE winder night. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! I did add celery and a chicken bullion for more flavor. Wonderful reheated! Even added corn and spinach on the second day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This stew is more like chicken soup, but it is absolutely wonderful and sooo easy to make. Just go easy on the amount of water you add to it if you like it thick and rich rather than soup-like. I added instant mashed potato flakes to thicken it up, and it really added even more flavor to it. Although it needed more salt and pepper than I put in it b/c I reduced the sodium for my Mom who's on a restricted diet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent and certainly easy - I used bone in chicken breasts as we are a family who likes white meat chicken, took out breasts like recipe described at proper time and proceeded to complete recipe. I do agree that green beans cooked just a little longer would certainly make recipe even more delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
good and easy to cook item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved this, the only thing you might change is how long to cook the beans. They were a little rubbery at 4 minutes. Maybe 6 would be better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy to follow and met all of my expectations. Plus it made my home smell wonderful. I particularly liked the advice about skimming the crud off the top, cause it was definately there. I made it in a crockpot, which worked wonderfully. Also, I just put it all together in the morning, except the potatoes and beans, then when I got home at the end of the day I pulled out the bones and added the potatoes and beans and diner was ready in half an hour. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was super easy and super tasty dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i did not enjoy the large chunks of broccoli, but it is easy and quick item not reviewed by moderator and published
Living through Colorado winters, there's nothing like a good collection of "Comfort Food" recipes. Keeps well and is even better the next day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty easy recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was very tasty. Fresh vegetables added flavor while hot pepper sauce gave it a tangy, barbecue type flavor. Was easy to make and sense to my liking being the beginner cook I am. I would be so bold to invite company over and serve with no reservations. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't care much for green beans so I added celery instead. I also added some cayenne pepper, allspice and some chicken bouillon. Yeah I improvised but that doesn't make the original any less. Overall, definitely easy, definitely making it again and most definitely yummi!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this and found it very easy didn't really liked the tyme so i did't put that much. would make again with no problem item not reviewed by moderator and published
I changed it a little bit...my bunch doesn't like green beans so I eliminated that, I also didn't have any fresh herbs in the house so I just used dried. I also didn't have hot sauce in the house but believe it or not, I used chili sauce and it worked well!! My family loved it and oh, I used chicken cutlets instead too. I browned them first to give them a little color. But my husband gave me a thumbs up and said, "Make it again." So I will take that as a winner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this meal was absolutely delicious! So did my family!! I made it exactly like the recipe said without any variations. If you make the meal according to the directions you will not be disappointed. The hot sauce adds that extra touch of flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, tasty, delicious, affordable. Another winner from Dave! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Could be pregnancy hormones, but this dish not only smelled wierd it tasted bad too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After reading the reviews I wanted to try this recipe. here are some pointers that I think will help. 1. must add plenty of salt! in the recipe it does not say how much, but be genorous;you have to flavor all of that water! I guess you can use chicken stock, but I used alot of garlic salt. and the hot sauce adds good flavor. 2. after cooking the chicken and carrots for 1.5hours the carrots were sooo soft that I did not want to eat them. so I took out the chicken and strained everything else out. I then added more raw carrots along with the potatoes and cooked them for 20min. overall, I think this is a pretty good stew. Not amazing, but good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the stew especially after a couple of days as leftovers. Seemed to be missing something flavorwise. I don't know since I am new at cooking what it might be. I went easy on the hot pepper sauce so that could explain some of the missing body. It was easy to make and my audience liked it as well. Tim Boulder, CO item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the 3rd time I have made this recipe. My family loved it just as the recipe is written using water, not broth. I like to control the salt. Very easy one pot meal. May try some of the ideas from other reviews for some variation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple to prepare; delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this was a wholesome dish with lots of veges. perfect for the family. I read the reviews after I made the dish, so next time I'll incorporate some of the suggestions to give it a little more zing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to prepare; I made with peas because I was out of beans, and also added dumplings (bisquick recipe) - very good and rib-sticking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This easy recipe was packed full of flavor...it was a big hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was ok but i added alot of extra seasonings to actually get some flavor item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read all the reviews and therefore made some changes before making this recipe. I browned the thighs first, then removed them and sauteed the onion, garlic and carrots in the rendered fat until they were tender crisp, then removed to a bowl and set aside. Returned thighs to pot with thyme and water and cooked down for a stock / broth. When finished, I strained the broth and set aside the thighs to cool. Put the broth back in the pot with the garlic, carrots, onions, and potatoes and simmered 10-15 minutes. Added green beans and simmered 10 minutes more til they and the potatoes were just done. Meanwhile I shredded the cooled meat, discarding skin and bones. Returned meat to pot for last minute or two to heat through. Also, during the last 5 minutes I added 1/2 can of condensed cream of celery soup which I happened to have in the freezer. It added flavor and creaminess though it might have been okay without it. This altered version is more work than the original recipe but very flavorful. Since I don't make traditional chicken soup / stew all that often (though I do make lots of ethnic soups and stews from many cuisines) I'm not sure how it compares with other traditional chicken stew recipes for the amount of work involved, hence the 3 stars rating. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My pot is never large enough! This is a perfect & healthy meal - fresh ingredients and easy to pull together with chicken or turkey meat. On the second night -- add some corn or maybe a can of beans for variety. Spice it up with some different spices and maybe add some cheese - we make it once a week for a two night dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wow! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was pretty good. I think next time I will add white wine for some extra flavor and maybe a little cayanne for some heat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thought this had no taste. No matter what i did, add more salt, more pepper, more garlic, nothing worked. It smelled great but was really bland. I was disappointed. I won't make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good and easy to make. Broth was okay, maybe use half water and half broth to start with... of use a half pound more chicken. Tasted even better warmed up the next day. Potatoes were a nice touch. Would be great with some noodles! I added celery and used a creole seasoning instead of the hot sauce. My husband hates veggies but he loved this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My hubby an i loved this stew and it was so easy to make. we will being have this one again but htis time he wants some noodle in it so i'm going to try putting some in. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Who would of known how easy it was to make such a great dish. The only thing I changed was instead of water I used chicken broth for a little more flavor. I will definatley make this again. The family loved it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried the Chicken Stew receipe over the weekend and it just got better every time I re-heated it. I invited my co-worker over for lunch and she enjoyed the stew so much that she cleaned two bowls of stew. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe made enough food for my whole family and to have left overs. It is hearty and delicious. We like a lot of garlic and doubled the garlic. Keep the flu bug away with this dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe and it was excellent. I found out it was even better the second day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this soup last night for a friends birthday party (the birthday girls fav food is chicken soup). It was a HUGE hit! I used all organic meat, and veggies and added a little more garlic, thyme, basil and one chicken bullion cube. And with all the rush of the company... I totally forgot to add the green beans! But the soup was fab! I will make this again and again... in fact, I cant wait to go home tonight and eat the one and only bowl of left overs! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fine, but I probably won't make it again. It was pretty bland--I added a lot of flavor to my broth (garlic, celery, rind of parmesan, etc.), so it was OK before I added the potatoes, but they sucked up a lot of the flavor. Not really worth the effort. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was great, but as others mentioned the broth doesn't have a lot of flavor as the recipe is written. I used chicken broth and white wine in addition to the water, and used more garlic and onions than listed. Also, I think it would be better if you cooked the chicken in broth for a while BEFORE adding the vegetables as they got pretty mushy by the end of cooking time. Still, I'll make this again and keep tweaking it until it's perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made a big pot of this stew, and it was as good for leftovers as it was the first night. This dish has wonderful, mellow and satisfying flavors (and the beer biscuits that went along with it were easy to make and delicious, too). I didn't change anything in the recipes (my partner says that's a first), except to add a bunch of italian parsley to the stew right before serving it. Why? Oh, because my Mom added parsley to just about everything. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dave said while making this dish that it was easy, but tastey. I was impressed by how easy and how delicious it tasted (and the leftovers I froze for consumption later). The only recipe modification I made was including chopped celery (with the carrots) and eliminating the green beans and hot sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the best tasting, easiest, "better the next day" recipe I've tried. This one is hard to mess up and well worth the attention to the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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