This delicious, simple, healthy chicken stew can be on the table for a family of four in just one hour. Made from kitchen store cupboard basics, it’s a perfect one pot recipe to satisfy even the hungriest of mouths. This is one of my favourite “go-to” recipes when I’ve had a long day at work.
And its long days at work that I’ve been having a lot of lately. Particularly with training for the Great Scottish Run. So, if you’re with me and you’re nodding away too, then you’ll find this quick healthy chicken stew a perfect dinner solution which doesn’t require much thought or much attention either!
Plus, cooking everything together in the same pot with the excellent selection of veggies this recipe uses, contributes towards your “five a day”, provides a great selection of ingredients from all the food groups AND you’re also saving on the dreaded washing up!
For us, chicken often features in many of my recipes; it’s simple, easy and healthy when you need something quick like this healthy chicken stew or my chicken curry in a hurry recipe.
There’s a perfectly adequate portion of chicken for each person in this recipe too, providing 62% of your recommended daily protein intake. We choose to eat chicken regularly because it’s a low fat healthy protein source, unlike red meats which excessive eating of is said to contribute towards heart disease and cancer.
- Low fat cooking spray
- 1 large onion sliced
- 2 medium carrots peeled and sliced
- ½. tsp dried thyme
- 400 g tin peeled plum tomatoes
- 140 g frozen sweetcorn
- 140 g frozen peas
- 450 ml chicken stock
- 2 tbsp cornflour mixed to a paste with 2 tbsp. cold water
- 450 g chicken breast fillets cut into bite size chunks
- Freshly ground salt and pepper to season
- Spray the bottom of a casserole dish about 5 times with the cooking spray, place over a high heat, and then once the oil starts to bubble turn the heat down a little, add the sliced onion and sauté for about 4 minutes.
- Add the carrots and continue to cook everything for a further 2 – 3 minutes.
- Stir in the dried thyme and cook for a further minute.
- Add the tin of tomatoes, sweetcorn and peas and combine everything together well.
- Add the chicken stock and corn flour paste. Bring everything to the boil and then turn down allowing to simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken and allow to cook for about 15 – 20 minutes. Check the chicken is cooked by cutting a piece in half, to check it’s not still pink inside.
- Serve with a little whole grain rice or a few new baby potatoes.
You’ll find that this recipe is pretty versatile so you can change the vegetable ingredients for what you may have available. I’d love to hear those different variations and combinations from you (or your thoughts on what they could be) in the comments below.
Having a huge pot of this quick healthy chicken stew, pre-made earlier in the morning on the day of the Great Scottish Run, sitting on the stove, was a welcome and much needed sight to return to! 🙂
Great Scottish Run
Sunday saw perfect running conditions as Glasgow hosted its 34th Great Scottish Run. Nearly 30,000 people took part, either in the 10k, the half marathon or the wheelchair race. The race starts in Glasgow’s iconic George Square and winds its way through the street and parks of Scotland’s largest city.
People come from all over the UK to take part in the events of the day and it gets bigger each year. No matter what your running time, there’s no current restriction on race entry. Personally I hope that continues, as it opens the door to so many people to take up the challenge and to become fitter and healthier individuals. It was just great to see so many kids taking part.
This was my second Great Scottish Run, I previously took part in the 2014 Great Scottish Run and wrote about my results and that amazing experience in this delicious apple and pecan muffins recipe!
This year, Liam and Catherine were staying over with Lady Lynne and me, with Liam taking part in his first half marathon, as was Luke, husband of Erin from beetsperminute. It was great day for us all to come together. I’m pretty sure the ladies enjoyed their
wine lunch whilst waiting for the guys finishing their half marathon! 😉
Just before the 10k start, I met newlyweds Luke and Hazel, friends of Lady Lynne’s from her work, both taking part in the 10k too. These guys crossed the finish line together hand in hand with exactly the same time. Who said romance was dead?
For myself, despite suffering from a heavy cold (and possibly being the only person blowing his nose all the way round the course, I was absolutely determined to try and at least equal last years result. So, when I received a text from my mum advising me I’d knocked 2 minutes off my previous time, finishing for the first time under 50m at 48m:35s, Let’s just say was pretty happy with that!
In all honesty, feeling the way I was feeling on the day, I didn’t enjoy the run as much as last year, but I did it, and I’m already back on the treadmill, “upping” that speed ever so slightly to keep the continual training going for next year.
If you’re ever looking for running tips and tricks, a blogger friend of mine, Suzlyfe, who is a running coach herself provides an excellent source of “how-to” training material, food and nutrition advice and tips as well as excellent re-caps and write ups of marathons and runs she’s taken part in on her blog, suzlyfe.com. Who knows, perhaps one day we could see Suz from suzlyfe.com coming to Scotland to take part and writing about it here. The challenge is open to you Suz! 😀
And Finally! Let’s do our usual Thursday link up with Amanda at Running with Spoons to see what’s going on over there!
Have a great weekend folks, I’ll catch up with you again next week!
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