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Southwestern Chicken & Lima Bean Stew Recipe

Southwestern Chicken & Lima Bean Stew Recipe

I love to have my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren over for this supper. They make me so happy with their compliments or just by going to fill up their bowls again. It's a good-for-you hit. —Pam Corder, Monroe, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (1-1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 2 cups frozen lima beans
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley


  • 1. Place the first five ingredients in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and dry seasonings; pour over top.
  • 2. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from slow cooker. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker and heat through. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 312 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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oliviaoil User ID: 7217248 264531
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2017

"Very good and easy to make (although it looks like more than 6 servings). All the ingredients went well together. I like it spicy so I added cayenne pepper. Will definitely make again!"

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 261548
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2017

"If you don't like lima beans, make this without them. This was fantastic and it makes a lot for freezing for the future. It has a lot of the southwest flavor. Yum, yum, yum!!!"

ghrichmond User ID: 4254011 259948
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2017

"I really liked the sound of this - expected to really like it due to all the flavors. But, it was a little too bland for me. And I did taste it as I cooked and added some extra spices. but just didn't quite come together for me."

waprater User ID: 3285028 234250
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"I made it exactly as the recipe stated I expected it to be very tasty, but it was very bland."

12Knights4Mari User ID: 1697950 222474
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"I didn't realLy care for the flavors in this at all. I am surprised - I really expected to love it. Also, the Worcestershire sauce spoiled the bright red color of the tomatoes. It was more of a muddy red and didn't look as appetizing as your photo. I'm going to freeze it because I don't have the heart to waste it, but I know it's not going to get eaten."

Tabcat90 User ID: 8049402 215375
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"This was so delicious. My husband and I loved it. So easy to make and worth the wait!"

bonniemoon User ID: 7971424 125655
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"I had never used fire roasted tomatoes before. This dish was delicious. The flavor was exceptional and it was a hearty stew. I'll pass this recipe on to my daughter."

Gottabekiddingme User ID: 8016965 184147
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"Slow cookers, raw chicken, long holding time between 45 and 165 degrees all work together to spell potentially sick people. Think food safety please."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 188045
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"This was delicious and has amazing flavor. It makes a lot for just a family of 3 so I froze the leftovers and it freezes great!"

rwippel User ID: 4262008 119418
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"This was pretty good. It sort of reminded me of a Brunswick stew."

tramar User ID: 1227142 213448
Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"This recipe is so much easier and convenient to prepare with boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

No need to shred the meat and return to the slow cooker. I just use one large chicken thigh per person. My husband likes lima beans so was pleased to come across this recipe.
I have also used boneless, skinless chicken breasts as well."

chargord User ID: 377953 140456
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"This is really a very tasty recipe! I followed the recipe and only changed the green pepper to a red pepper as that was what I had on hand. The aromas were great and the only thing we found was that it did need additional salt. Next time I make it I'll salt the chicken as well as adding additional salt to the vegetables. I served it with shredded Monterey Jack and crumbled cotija cheese along with the cilantro and we had garlic cheese bread (also using the Jack cheese) with it. I love to add fresh squeezed lemon to Southwestern dishes and I added it to mine and it was delicious! Thank you for a great recipe!"

nreneeray User ID: 1665925 184146
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"This was fantastic! I did make a few changes based on what I had available: I used the meat from a store-bought, cooked, rotisserie chicken, and I used 2 cans of beans (kidney beans and great northern beans, rinsed and drained) in place of the lima beans. I also did a quick stir-fry in a little olive oil on the onion, pepper and garlic before mixing them in. I used all other ingredients and spices as called for in the recipe. Because the chicken was already cooked, I just heated this through on the stovetop in a large pot instead of using the slow cooker. The FLAVORS are fantastic and it turned out great. I will definitely make this again."

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