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Chicken Black Bean Stew

It's the time of year when salads are put on hold...while soups and stews take their place.  This recipe came from my niece who lives in Australia several years ago...and has been changed up a little over the years.  It became Turkey Black Bean Stew last week, as we used up the last of our Christmas turkey in this recipe. Top with grated cheese, a dollop of sour cream and avocado pieces according to preference. It's a favorite at our place! 

  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4" cubes (or 3 - 4 cups cooked chicken, bite-sized pieces*)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon. olive oil
  • 1 or 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup red or orange bell peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 1 19 oz. / 540 ml can corn
  • 2 x 14 oz. / 398 ml. canned diced tomatoes
  • 19 oz / 540 ml. can black beans, drained
  • 4 oz. can chopped chilies, drained
  • 1 tsp. each salt, oregano, basil
  • 1/16 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. In a large heavy pot, saute chicken, onion and garlic in oil until onion is soft. 
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. 
  3. Reduce heat and simmer gently, uncovered for about 30 minutes.
*If using cooked chicken pieces, add with other ingredients once the onion and garlic are sauteed.


  1. This sounds delicious and looks beautiful. I'll be sure to try it.

  2. Thank you for another delicious recipe, Judy. I made it today and a friend and I enjoyed it over red quinoa, topped with
    cheese and avocado. It's a winner!


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