Sweet and Spicy Chicken and White Bean Stew

  • Namaste Posted: 11/04/08
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    The ingredient list suggests this will be flavorful, but unless you doctor it, it isn't. It is salvageable, however; here's how we fixed it: add 1 tbl chili powder, not 1 tsp. Add 1 tbl cumin as well. Along with the garlic, saute chopped ginger. Substitute chicken broth for water. Add 2 squeezed limes in addition to the lemongrass. After the stew has cooked for 35 minutes, stir in 1 extra cup (the rest of the can) of light coconut milk and an extra tbl of cilantro. Top with sriracha and peanuts. THAT had a lot of flavor.

  • SCMaize Posted: 01/14/10
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    Enjoyed this, with several changes. Added 1 t. each of cumin, garam masala and salt to spices called for. Used chickpeas instead of beans; used potato and sweet potato. Didn't have lemongrass, so used 1 t. of jarred minced ginger plus a long spiral of lime peel (green only). Served this over basmati rice, with a squeeze of lime, chopped cilantro, and plain yogurt. The lime was really important! Would probably make again, because it's quicker than a lot of curries.

  • elisajjohnson Posted: 12/28/08
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    I too wish I had read the reviews before cooking! I ended up adding a little sugar, extra coconut milk, a bunch of lime and some sriracha sauce in order to get some flavor. The ginger someone else suggested would have been a great idea, I think. I will still eat this as I went to all of the work to make it, but I won't make it again.

  • bostonsmaman Posted: 11/16/09
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    Outstanding!! This was quick, easy and delicious...so good that my mother asks when I'm going to make it again. Used a pinch more of each spice, cut back on the chicken and subbed sweet potatoes for baking potato. It was divine! I love the lemony, spicy, smoky flavors and hearty texture. Lemongrass leaves also make great tea! Next time I won't chop the lemongrass--use it whole and remove it.

  • myblackcat50 Posted: 12/15/08
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    I wished I would have read the reviews before I made this stew! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out horrible. I actually threw it all out and went out for pizza. Something was very off about it. The combination of the tomatoes, beans, spices and coconut milk wasn't good.

  • crazycook23 Posted: 12/15/08
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    I should have listened to the other reviews. This stew wasn't that good. I even doubled the chili powder, added cumin, and substituted chicken broth for the water like another reader suggested. But there still wasn't much flavor. I definitely did not taste the coconut milk at all. My husband and I must have used the salt shaker 20 times during dinner!

  • TenderWine Posted: 01/25/09
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    This is a fabulous soup. I substitute chicken broth for water and use sweet potato instead of regular potato. My family loves it and we make it over and over.

  • juliak88 Posted: 02/03/09
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    I thought this was a great recipe! If you use fresh cardamom and cloves (I ground them myself), and Indian chili powder, it has a ton of flavor, and was quite spicy. I didn't use the lemongrass, but would also recommend just pounding it a bit, then removing it before serving. I will definitely make this again.

  • RenoTX Posted: 04/18/09
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    The first time I made this for the family, it was too bland. Second time I doubled all the spices(except cardamom b/c we don't care for too strong a hint of this spice) and it was a big hit. I think it needs a squeeze of lime juice at the end to liven up the flavor. Also, I don't add the coconut milk until after the potatoes are done; I stir it in at the very end. We like it better with plain tomatoes, not fire-roasted. It is a very popular dish at our house. I serve with salad and a crusty loaf of whole wheat bread. Will definitely make it again.

  • pinkkadilak Posted: 12/29/10
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    I think this is a great recipe with a few modifications based on previous reviews. The first time I made this, I'd agree that it was a little bland for my tastes, although admittedly my boyfriend and I are very fond of spicy food. I doubled the chili powder and coriander like suggested in one review and subbed low-sodium chicken broth for the water. I also added in a couple tsp of garam masala powder and a bit of cayenne pepper to taste (aka till it was spicy enough for us). I let it simmer with the top a little off for the last 5-10 min to thicken it up a bit, because the first time I made it, it was more of a soup than a stew. Had with some salad and naan to make a nice, warming winter dinner!

  • Isabel31 Posted: 12/06/09
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    I read the reviews and incorporated other reader suggestions - sweet potato, additional coconut milk, chicken broth instead of water, and intensified seasoning - but this was just bad. It was pretty bland, and the seasoning that we could taste just didn't work, which was a little surprising because it smelled so good while it was cooking. My husband and I ended up tossing it and eating cereal for dinner instead. I don't think this is salvageable.

  • ChefAmandaLynn Posted: 11/14/10
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    I agree with other posters that this is a little bland. A little Siracha when serving will perk it up and add to the presentation. I also highly reccomend perchopped lemmongrass by Gourmet Garden (found near the fresh herbs in the produce section.)

  • mlfc15 Posted: 10/01/11
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    I read all the other reviews before making this, and I thought it would be salvageable, and it definitely was! So here's what I did: I doubled the recipe so I could freeze half, so I mashed one can of beans to make the broth thicker, added two chicken bouillon cubes, a little over a teaspoon of curry powder (for 2x the recipe), two bay leaves, used sweet potatoes (and probably about 2x the amount it called for), used the Gourmet Garden chopped lemongrass, and added chopped spinach at the end of cooking. It was delicious, and very satisfying. I actually liked it better without the cilantro (which is odd since I love cilantro), but my husband liked it with extra cilantro. We will definitely make this again!

  • LouisePearl Posted: 01/10/12
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    The basis of this recipe is terrific! I agree with others that it needs more of the spices included. We added extra chile powder, and we used a sweet potato instead of a white potato. We also added baby spinach leaves just before serving and it added a flavor and a color that was excellent! I'll make it again, with these changes. Healthy, simple, and delicious.

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