Chicken, Tomato, & Potato Stew

After a beautiful few days here in New York, it’s raining again! My husband’s poor cousin has his prom tonight (have fun, Ian!) and I hope that the rain doesn’t ruin that for him! I never went to prom but I assume that all of those girls are running to the store for all of the waterproof beauty products available. I had to go to the grocery store today in the rain because we literally had no food in the house. When I left, it wasn’t raining so I was wearing sandals. On my way home, it was absolutely pouring. I do prefer the rain, though; anything that will allow the weather to continue to stay a bit cooler is alright with me! I hate hot weather, which is why I moved to NYC from Phoenix. It really just puts me in a horrible mood. It’s pretty easy to warm up if you’re cold, but when you’re hot and sweating, cooling down seems almost impossible.

This stew is perfect for a rainy day like today. I wanted to make something hearty and warm, which I won’t get the chance to make much of as it gets warmer throughout the summer. I didn’t want to stand over the stove, tasting, stirring, adding, or working much at all, for that matter. I sauteed the onions and garlic for the base of the stew in some olive oil, then simply tossed everything else into the pot. I let it simmer for about 30 minutes, added in some sour cream for richness, and before I knew it, I had a fantastic stew with many layers of flavor that was no trouble at all to make. You can really add anything that you feel like. It was even better the next day, when it thickened a bit more and the chicken seemed to become even more tender. There’s really not much more to say about this stew. It’s an unpretentious, family-friendly, one-pot meal. Need I say more?

Chicken, Tomato, & Potato Stew
The ingredients. I was going to use the queso fresco, but then I remembered that it doesn’t melt very well, so I decided to use sour cream in the stew instead.

Chicken, Tomato, & Potato Stew
Heat your olive oil over medium heat and saute your onion in a large pot for 5 minutes until softened, then add in your garlic and saute for another minute until fragrant.

Chicken, Tomato, & Potato Stew
Add in the rest of the ingredients, except for the sour cream, stir, and turn the heat up to medium-high. Cook for 25-30 minutes until cooked through and thickened slightly. Temper the sour cream with some of the broth from the stew and add it in. Stir, taste for seasoning, and serve.

Chicken, Tomato, & Potato Stew
Top with a bit more sour cream and enjoy!

Chicken, Tomato, & Potato Stew
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Serves: 4-5
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cans low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, plus more for garnish
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in the diced onion, saute for 5 minutes until softened, then add in the minced garlic and saute for another minute or so until fragrant.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients, except for the sour cream, and turn the heat up to medium-high. Stir to combine and cook for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and slightly thickened.
  3. Place the 2 tablespoons of sour cream in a small container and add in a few spoonfuls of broth from the stew. Whisk together to temper the sour cream (this makes sure that the sour cream doesn't clump when added to the stew). Add in the tempered sour cream to the stew and stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and spoon into bowls. Makes 4 to 5 servings.


30 Responses

  1. Anthony says:

    This looks delicious! Summer’s hitting here in Los Angeles, so I’ll save this for the fall menu. :)

  2. Kim says:

    this looks great! but you put the raw chicken in with everything?

  3. Kim says:

    oh ya true true! I haven’t made anything in my crock since the dang lid broke :'( but I will be brewing this up tonight!

    • Sydney says:

      Kim: Glad to hear it! If it does weird you out, feel free to cook the chicken for a few minutes after the onions are sauteed. I was just lazy!

  4. Kim says:

    ok wait sorry one more question lol! i think i see a can of chicken stock in pic…. do i need that?

  5. Dana says:

    Mm, doesn’t that look lovely! A soup is always good for warming you up on a cold rainy day, both of which it is up here. And in a crock pot, you could have it waiting for you when you come home from work! Sounds just right.

  6. Kirsten says:

    Now we’re talkin’! This is my type of meal. Thanks so much, lady!

  7. TabzChewy says:

    I always love your stew recipes because they look so fool proof, even for people like me….

    And I totally agree about the hot weather! When I came to Michigan for school, people asked me if I hated the cold because of (supposedly) sunny California, but you’re totally right! It’s way easier to warm up than to cool down >[

    • Sydney says:

      TabzChewy: Thanks! I love stews for the same reason. I hate being questioned about if I’m used to the cold weather! I don’t run around NYC asking people if they’re hot all the time, hahah.

  8. Oh, I will totally be making this. Perfect!

  9. Louise says:

    This recipe looks good, and to imagine that I happened upon it by chance. Going to have to avoid the sour cream unfortunately, one of the people I will be making this for is intollerant to milk which is a real shame.

  10. Sara says:

    I wonder, could I make this in the crockpot instead? I don’t think I have a pot large enough to do it on the stovetop! How big a pot would I need?

    • Sydney says:

      Sara: You don’t need anything too large – I used a “large” pot that I got from Target, so nothing fancy! You could absolutely do this in the crock pot!

  11. Kate says:

    Thumbs up from England!
    I found this recipe by accident a couple of months ago and saved it until the weather was suitably miserable. Well that day came yesterday.
    So simple to make yet such a tasty meal, and I agree with you that it tastes even better the next day.
    Going to have a rummage around the rest of your recipes now to find a new one to try out :)

  12. Katie says:

    I just found your site the other day and came across this recipe. I made this for dinner and it was so perfect for the cold MN weather and for a good meal in between finals! Thank you! I can’t wait to find another one of your great recipes to make next!

  13. Erin says:

    My boyfriend made this for our dinner tonight, and we both loved it! So perfect for a cold rainy day. Thanks!

  14. blueblu says:

    Verdict – the first to finish among other dishes.
    1- will cook again
    2 – will keep on coming back to this blog
    Go on cook more and share. 😉


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  16. Lauren says:

    I made this tonight but needed to add an extra can of tomatoes….there was not enough liquid. Anyone else find this?

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