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.
    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!
    Good flavors, but I needed to add some chicken broth. It didn't have much liquid.
    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
    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!
    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!
    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.
    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.
    very good stew, i used about 2 tblsp of dried thyme.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    The stew is easy to make and tastes great.
    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!!
    I made this and it was deliscious! I would add more carrots, beans and garlic next time.
    This is a great soup! I browned the chicken breasts first then cooked the veggies. It was really wonderful!
    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!!
    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.
    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.
    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!
    Try this recipe and really enjoy this hearty chicken stew. Very tasty and wholesome with all the veggies. Definitely A+++ :-)
    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.
    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!
    Not only does this dish taste wonderful, it also smells great as it cooks. My pre-school daughter raves about the taste.
    This is more soup than stew but has wonderful flavor and is a great base to do a lot of different things with.
    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.
    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!
    This is a great chicken stew. BUT instead of water, we add chicken stock and now and then, some dumplings!
    i made this stew in my crockpot and it turned out absolutely fantastic its an easy delicious recipe.
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