Hearty Brunswick Stew

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + cooling Cook: 45 min.


6 servings

Updated: Oct. 21, 2022
Like a thick, hearty soup, this stew is packed with tender chicken and an eye-catching combination of vegetables. I could never wait patiently to eat when Mother was cooking this stew. —Milded Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas
Hearty Brunswick Stew Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs


  1. In a Dutch oven, slowly bring the chicken and water to a boil. Cover and simmer until chicken is tender, 45-60 minutes, skimming the surface as foam rises.
  2. Remove chicken and set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove and discard skin and bones. Cube chicken and return to broth.
  3. Add the potatoes, onions, beans and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 589 calories, 25g fat (9g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 1147mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 40g protein.