Chicken Stew

This is an easy recipe that I elaborated on and decided to share with y’all!

The original recipe was by Giada De Laurentiis from Food Network

Chicken Stew

2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 stalks celery, cut into bite size pieces
1 carrot peeled, cut into bite size pieces
1 small onion, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (14-1/2 oz) can chopped tomatoes
1 (14 oz.) can low-salt chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 Tblsp. tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 chicken breast with ribs (about 1-1/2 lbs. total)
1 (15 oz.) can of organic kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Heat the oil in a heavy 5-1/2 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the celery, carrot, and onion. Saute the vegetables until the onion is translucent, about 5 minuts. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the tomatoes with their juices, chicken broth, basil, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme. Add the chicken breasts; press to submerge.


Bring the cooking liquid to simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently uncovered until the chicken is almost cooked through, turning the chicken breasts over and stirring the mixture occassionally, about 25 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the chicken breasts to a work surface and cool for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Add the kidney beans to the pot and simmer until the liquid has reduced into stew consistency, about 10 minutes.

Discard the skin and bones from the chicken. Shred or cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Return the chicken meat to the stew. Bring the stew just to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


Ladle the stew into serving bowls and serve with good crusty bread.

So here are my variations: I doubled the recipe. I used a whole chicken instead of just breasts. I let the dark meat cook a little longer than the breasts. I used chopped tomatoes with jalapeno and chopped tomatoes with sweet onions and garlic. I used both kidney beans and a can of garbanzo beans (chick peas) I drained and rinsed both. I didn’t have fresh basil so I used dried. The last thing I did different was to throw in some fresh mushrooms!


We had a full wonderful day yesterday exploring. Didn’t get home till 9:00 just in time to watch the New Season of Project Runway. Whoohoo! This happy old gal is tiii-rrred! Now to upload all the wonderful photos. Have a great morning everyone…

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

14 thoughts on “Chicken Stew

  1. That soup looks awesome! going to have to bookmark this and make it when I get home! (off for the day)

    Thanks for your comments this morning Ellen! I really appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Your post about weeding is inspiring me to want to attack my gardens. I think I’ll wait until Sat. after we’re supposed to have rain and maybe all the little ones will slip out more easily. This recipe looks good. Too hot for such food around here right now, but I’ll tuck it away for a cool fall day.

  3. oh the chicken stew / soup looks wonderful. The changes you made to the recipe sound perfect. Oh and that is one nice slice of crusty bread too. Isn’t it amazing how bread completes a meal. I could never survive low carb.

  4. Hi Ellen B.,
    Your soup looks delicious and I’m sure it’s better than the original. I’m going to have to copy this one and make it…I love soup! It’s one of my favorite meals.
    No need to stop by as I haven’t posted anything since Betsy. I think I’m suffering from Bloggers Bersytis (?). ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh well…life continues.
    Have a wonderful Thursday.
    Cori G.

  5. Good morning – I am glad you had a good day yesterday. Maybe today, you won’t have as much going on and can rest a bit! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love that chicken stew recipe – I think I will try that once we are finished with our leftovers from having company two nights ago. I love how your have presented the stew!!

    I can also see we like some of the same things — Le Creuset pots!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a wonderful day.

  6. I ran across your blog while looking for a chicken stew recipe. Yours was the best of the 4-5 I viewed. My mouth is watering. I’m gonna try it tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

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