Chicken, Sausage & White Bean Stew

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As soon as I saw this recipe on foodgawker, I knew I had to try it. It combines things I’ve loved since I was a child: soup and chicken – and things I’ve come to love over the last year or so: sausage and white beans.  The fact that it’s made in a slow cooker makes it all the more appealing. It is a delicious, hearty stew that is incredibly satisfying and will “stick to your ribs”, as my father says.

The original recipe was a large batch and wouldn’t have fit in my 4-quart slow cooker, so I scaled it down a bit to make approximately 4-5 servings. It requires just a few minutes of prep time, and then off into the slow cooker it goes for the next 6 hours, filling your house with a mouthwatering aroma. I used chicken sausage to make it a little lighter, and found that the flavor complimented the soup perfectly. If you love comfort food, this stew is for you.

Chicken, Sausage & White Bean Stew
slightly adapted from Apple A Day Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Sausage, White Beans, and Spinach

Ingredients:
makes 4-5 servings

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 links chicken sausage (about 9 oz. total), diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs rosemary and 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 15. oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4-5 cups fresh spinach or kale, torn into small pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • parmesan cheese
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Your ingredients

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized cooking pot, heat olive oil. Add diced onion and cook for about 10 minutes, until softened. Stir in garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle in the flour and stir, making sure it’s well-distributed and onions are coated in it.
  3. Pour in about 1/2 cup of the chicken stock, scraping up any bits of onion that are stuck to the pot. Cook for about 1 minute.
  4. In your slow cooker, coat inside with cooking spray and place the chicken thighs at the bottom of the pot. Season well with salt and pepper. Pour onion-flour mixture on top, along with the remaining chicken stock, chicken sausage, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, and beans.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours. In the last remaining 20 minutes, stir in spinach or kale and cook until wilted. My chicken had completely fallen apart at this point, but if yours is still in large chunks, you may need to shred it and then return it to the pot.
  6. Serve soup with parmesan cheese and enjoy 🙂
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After sauteing the onions and spices, stir in flour.
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Add 1/2 cup of the chicken stock and stir, scraping up any bits of the onion stuck to the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 1 minute.
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Coat the bottom of your crock pot with cooking spray and layer chicken thighs on top. Season well with salt and pepper.
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Add remaining chicken stock, chicken sausage, herbs, and white beans to slow cooker. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.
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In last remaining 20 minutes of cooking, stir in spinach or kale. Cook until wilted. If your chicken is still in big chunks, you may need to pull them out and shred them at this point, then return them to the pot.
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Serve with parmesan cheese and enjoy 🙂

Also, I thought I’d mention quickly that yesterday was the first anniversary of this Hungry Hannah. Yay! In one year, this blog has reached almost 50 thousand views and has gained 79 followers. Thank you to all those who helped me get to this point and I look forward to sharing more recipes with you! 🙂

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