Hearty Homestead Delight: Slow-Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew

Dive into a bowl of soul-soothing comfort with this slow-cooked stew. Tender chicken pieces merge with creamy white beans, vegetables, and aromatic herbs, creating a dish that warms the heart and nourishes the body. It's the epitome of home-cooked goodness, perfect for chilly evenings.

Photo of a rustic bowl filled with Slow-Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew, showcasing tender chicken pieces, creamy white beans, and vibrant vegetables, garnished with fresh parsley, set against a cozy dining backdrop.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 6-8 hours on low

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields: 6 servings
  • Ideal Serving Size: A generous bowl filled with chicken, beans, and broth.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 340 kcal per serving
  • Proteins: 28g
  • Fats: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Sodium: 440mg
  • Fiber: 7g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Chicken thighs (boneless & skinless): 500 grams
  • White beans (canned or soaked overnight): 400 grams
  • Carrots (sliced): 150 grams
  • Celery (chopped): 100 grams
  • Onion (chopped): 100 grams
  • Garlic (minced): 10 grams
  • Chicken broth: 1 liter
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Thyme (dried): 5 grams
  • Salt: 5 grams
  • Pepper: 3 grams
  • Fresh parsley (chopped): 20 grams for garnish
Photo of the slow-cooker in action, with the chicken & white bean stew bubbling gently, releasing a warm, aromatic scent.

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In your slow cooker, combine chicken thighs, drained white beans, sliced carrots, chopped celery, onion, and minced garlic.
  2. Pour in the chicken broth ensuring all ingredients are submerged.
  3. Add bay leaves, dried thyme, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cover and set the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Once cooked, gently shred the chicken pieces within the stew using two forks.
  6. Adjust seasonings if needed.
  7. Serve hot in bowls and garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For added richness, stir in a splash of heavy cream before serving.
  • Serve with crusty bread to soak up the flavorful broth.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs? Yes, but chicken thighs tend to be juicier and more flavorful in slow-cooked dishes.
  • How do I store leftovers? Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.