Savory chicken stew is true comfort food. Tender chicken, fresh vegetables, and herbs combined in a savory broth make this the perfect meal to come home to on a chilly fall or winter night. The leftovers are delicious too!
Comfort Food is the Best Kind of Food
Dusk is falling earlier, the air is getting colder, and there are hardly any more leaves on the trees. All signs point to this being the perfect time for comfort food. I love it!
When I think of comfort food, I think of food that is hearty, “stick to your ribs,” satisfying, and feels like a big hug from the inside out (especially around your belly). Rues, rich sauces, butter, herbs, potatoes, bread, savory meats, casseroles, soup, stews, slow cooking, and so much more are what makes comfort food my favorite food to eat.
Comfort food also has a gift for making the kitchen smell amazing. The season has arrived!
What’s in Savory Chicken Stew?
Simple, healthy, and fresh ingredients. When they are combined, they make the most delicious, hearty, and satisfying stew you’ll ever eat.
- Chicken thighs
- Olive oil
- Sweet onion
- All-purpose flour
- Bay leaf
- Salt and pepper
- White wine
- Chicken broth
- Green beans
- Heavy cream
How to Make Savory Chicken Stew
In a large Dutch oven, brown the chicken in olive oil. Remember, it doesn’t have to be cooked through, most of the cooking will occur throughout the rest of the stewing process. Browning the outside of the chicken helps sear in the flavor. Remove the chicken from the pot and transfer it to a bowl.
In the oil and juices from the chicken, cook the onion, carrot, and celery for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the mushrooms and saute them for about 2 minutes more. Then, add the garlic, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper and stir for about 30 seconds.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, wine, and chicken broth. Add that to the pot along with the potatoes and the browned chicken. Bring the ingredients up to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer covered for about 30 minutes.
Remove the lid and stir in the green beans, peas, and cream. Simmer an additional 10 minutes uncovered.
If the stew isn’t the consistency you like, thicken it by making a slurry of 2 tablespoons of flour and 1 cup of water or chicken broth in a bowl. Whisk the flour and water until there are no lumps. Add a little at a time to the stew while it simmers until the desired consistency is reached.
Serve savory chicken stew hot garnished with some fresh chopped parsley in each bowl.
Make it Your Own
The beauty of this savory chicken stew is that you can make it to suit the taste of you and your family. If there are veggies in the recipe y’all don’t like, take them out. You can also add in other veggies like corn, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and more.
The recipe calls for chicken thighs. Both chicken thighs and breasts are great sources of protein. However, thighs do have a higher fat content. They are also more flavorful than chicken breast meat. You can certainly use chicken breast in the stew, it will just be slightly less rich.
If you prefer to not use wine in the recipe, just add more chicken broth in place of it.
When it comes to herbs in a recipe, I always say fresh is best, but I realize sometimes that’s just not possible. Therefore, remember that dried herbs are often more potent and concentrated than fresh herbs, you need less. The correct ratio when it comes to fresh herbs to dried herbs is one tablespoon of fresh herbs is equivalent to one teaspoon of dried herbs.
Serving Suggestions for Savory Chicken Stew
Serve the stew hot in a bowl with fresh chopped parsley on top for garnish. Warm, crusty bread and a fresh green salad accompany’s it perfectly. Savory chicken stew freezes beautifully and also makes great leftovers!
Give Me All The Comfort Foods
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I hope you and yours enjoy this stew recipe as much as we do here on the farm. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments if you have a minute to share them.
Until next time, bon appetit!