Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

We’ve been having sporadic rain here the last couple of weeks.  It would be gorgeous and sunny one day and the next —rain and wind! So I decided to make a pot of chicken stew (I always have boneless, skinless chicken thighs in my freezer) to warm our bellies.  When I made this, I was in a bit of a rush so I didn’t bother cutting my chicken into pieces but feel free to do so if you prefer small pieces instead.  If you are not into beans, potatoes would also work well.  It’s the perfect meal to curl up on the couch with on a cold and miserable day.

Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

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  • 4 ounces of Spanish chorizo, casings removed and chopped
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed
  • salt and pepper to season
  • all-purpose flour for dredging the chicken
  • olive oil for cooking
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup of white wine (I used a Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil, chopped
  • fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped (optional)


In a dutch oven over medium high heat, brown chorizo with a little bit of olive oil.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer chorizo to a plate lined with paper towel.

Lightly season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.  Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess.  Add a bit of olive oil and butter in the dutch oven and brown chicken on both sides.  Transfer chicken to a large bowl.

Add onions, garlic and olive oil (if needed) and sauté until softened, about 3-4 minutes.  Add oregano, and season with salt and pepper.  Pour the white wine, scraping up any browned bits.  Let it bubble and reduce, about 2 minutes.  Then add stewed tomatoes, chicken broth, cannellini beans and basil.  Bring the pot to a boil and reduce heat to low.  Return chorizo back to the pot and stir to combine.  Then return chicken and any accumulated juices to pot.  Leave the lid slightly ajar and let it simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.  Check for seasoning before serving.  Garnish with chopped parsley and serve this with rice.

Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans


58 thoughts on “Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

  1. Yum, this is just the kind of thing I’ve been craving recently, since we’ve also been having some chilly/gloomy weather. I made a garlicky pasta with kale and white beans, but it didn’t quite hit the spot as much as something like this would have, with its tomato-y element.

  2. Looks delish! I can have hearty stews like yours any day of the year. Love the presentation. How do you hold the fork so still?

  3. Love this stew, especially as I prefer chicken thighs and drumsticks to breast meat. Oh, and that last photo! I’m going to try and do that tomorrow with a post I’m trying to update. I keep forgetting how good that look is.

  4. This dish looks amazing, I’m loving the flavours, the colours, the textures! We’re still having chilly temperatures in Toronto, so it would be a perfect meal for a chilly night.

  5. Sometimes I find pictures don’t do a dish any justice…but in this case the pics look absolutely like how it tastes – delicious! The chorizo is what I really like about it.

  6. I totally agree. Weird weather necessitates warm hearty stew. We make something similar when comfort and warmth is needed too. Excellent with rice 🙂

  7. I love it, Anne! The chorizo, chicken thighs, cannellini beans, along with the fresh basil make this sound so good. We have warm weather approaching here in the south east next week, but this would still be on my list to make (with plenty of crusty bread on the table).

  8. Y’all’s weather sounds quite a lot like ours recently, and this dish and everything you’ve put into it just sound so good and hearty and filling for a rainy day. Definitely bookmarking this so I can give it a shot one of these days because I know we’ll have another rainy one soon!

  9. Gorgeous weather yesterday but today is windy and cold again, this chicken dish is just the warming and comfort food for this kind of unsettled weather. Like that you left the chicken pieces large, not only time-saving but makes a better presentation also.

  10. This looks like a great dish, Anne, and beans are the way to go, especially in the Winter months. They give the dish the look of authenticity that potatoes just can’t pull off.

  11. I haven’t been feeling well and this stew looks so delicious that it brought back my appetite! Chicken must be so soft and tender… 🙂

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