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Brunswick Stew

Prep time 30 mins
Cook time 6 hrs
Yield 3 1/2 quarts
Brunswick stew is a hearty combination of chicken and vegetables. Bake a batch of cornbread so you can savor every last comforting drop.


  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken, cut up
  • 1 (15-ounce) can baby lima beans, undrained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can baby lima beans, undrained
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen baby lima beans
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans cream-style corn
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce

How to Make It

  1. Bring 2 quarts water and chicken to a boil in a Dutch oven; reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes or until tender. Remove chicken, and set aside. Reserve 3 cups broth in Dutch oven. (Reserve remaining broth for other uses.)

  2. Pour canned lima beans and liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into Dutch oven, reserving beans; add tomato to Dutch oven.

  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook, stirring often, 40 minutes or until liquid is reduced by one-third.

  4. Skin, bone, and shred chicken. Mash reserved beans with a potato masher.

  5. Add chicken, mashed and frozen beans, potato, and onion to Dutch oven. Cook over low heat, stirring often, 3 hours and 30 minutes.

  6. Stir in corn and remaining ingredients; cook over low heat, stirring often, 1 hour.