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Warm up with a winter chicken stew

Winter chicken stew

Posted on December 30th, 2014

Nothing beats a homemade supper on a cold, winter evening, so why not take your mind off the weather with a warming, winter stew?

With your Christmas leftovers now devoured, we asked fully trained nutritional therapist, Anne Cross, for an alternative winter recipe.

Anne, who offers nutritional therapy at YourGP in Edinburgh, has plumped for a delicious winter chicken stew to keep you warm on these chilly winter nights.


  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Cook: 45 – 50 minutes
  • Servings: 8


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1.4l hot chicken stock
  • 1 large potato, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaf
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 x 850g family packs skinless chicken thighs (count the number in the pack – you need 16 in total)
  • 6 carrots, halved lengthways and cut into chunks
  • 2 parsnips, halved lengthways and cut into chunks
  • 3 leeks, well washed and thickly sliced
  • sweet potato mash and green veg to serve


  1. Heat the oil in your largest pan – an extra-large wok with a lid is ideal.
  2. Fry the onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft, then pour in the stock and stir in the potato and herbs.
  3. Add the chicken and bring to the boil.
  4. Stir in the carrots, parsnips and leeks, then cover the pan and leave to simmer on a low heat for 40-45 minutes, stirring every now and then, until the chicken is tender.
  5. Serve with sweet potato mash and green veg

The final step, of course, is to share your sumptuous stew with your family and friends.

Do you have any other winter recipes that you’d like to share with us? If so, leave a comment below or get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

If you want to know how food can prevent a range of diseases and help optimise your overall health and wellbeing, you can book a nutritional therapy consultation.

To book your consultation, call us on 0131 225 5656, email or use our online booking form.

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