Fireside Chicken Stew. ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen photo jpg, HA

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Chilly fall days call for cozy sweaters, hearty stews, steaming cups of soup, and warm fresh-out-of-the-oven bread. Here is one of our favourite recipes for honouring the season:

Chock-full of tender bites of chicken and hearty root vegetables, our Fireside Chicken Stew is a comforting autumn meal.

2 tbsp olive oil, divided

12 skinless chicken thighs

2 cups chopped onions

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup dry white wine

1 tbsp marjoram, crumbled

1/2 tsp rosemary, crumbled

2 cans (10 oz/284 mL each) chicken broth

2 cups peeled red potato cubes (1 inch)

2 cups rutabaga cubes (1 inch)

2 cups carrot sticks (2 inch)

2 cups parsnip sticks (2 inch)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

3/4 cup whipping cream

2 tbsp cornstarch


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Add chicken to pan in batches and brown on both sides. Transfer chicken to a plate; keep warm.
  2. Add remaining oil to pan. Stir in onions and garlic; sauté for 4 minutes. Stir in wine, marjoram and rosemary; bring to a boil. Boil until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup. Stir in broth, potatoes, rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Return chicken to pan. Reduce heat; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes or until chicken and vegetables are tender. May be prepared to this point and refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Reheat stew before proceeding.
  3. Whisk together cream and cornstarch until blended; stir into stew. Simmer, stirring frequently, until stew is thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Yield: Serves 6.

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