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Mediterranean chicken stew

Mediterranean Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes, Beans and Green Olvies

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Edyta
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  • 1 yellow onion - chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 1 bulb fennel - cut into cubes
  • 1 big sweet potato - (or 2-3 small ones) cut into cubes
  • 2 cups cooked chicken*1 (See note 1 below) - cubed or shredded from 2 breasts
  • 1 can beans cannellini or red kidney
  • 1/4 cup green olives
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4-6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil - plus more for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika*2 (See note 2 below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt - to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper - to taste
  • 1/2 lemon - juiced
  • 1 tbsp Italian parsley - chopped


  • In a Dutch oven or other heavy pot heat up 2 tablespoon of olive oil, add onions and cook for about 2 minutes, add chopped garlic and cook for another minute, add fennel, sweet potatoes and cook all for about 5 minutes
  • Add tomato paste and all spices to the pot, stir and let it all mix well
  • Pour the chicken stock into the pot, cover and cook for about 20 minutes until all the veggies are cooked
  • Add cooked chicken, beans and olives and cook for another 5 minutes until all is heat up
  • Add lemon juice and parsley
  • Serve with a crusty bread and drizzle of olive oil on top of the stew


  1. This recipe calls for cooked chicken. It is perfect for using leftovers from the roast chicken. However if you don't have a cooked chicken, cut up 2 chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper and cook first in the pot for 2 minutes on each side until nicely browned. Take out the chicken, add some olive oil and follow the recipe.
  2. Spanish smoked paprika is pretty spicy. If you want to make it less spicy but still keep the smokey flavor, use 1/4 teaspoon of Spanish smoked paprika and 1/4 teaspoon of sweet smoked paprika.