Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Cider, chopped apple, butternut squash, and parsnips lend appealingly forward sweetness to this fall harvest stew. Unfiltered apple cider has pectins that help thicken the stew. If you use filtered, clear cider, add another tablespoon of flour.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of chicken to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until browned. Remove chicken from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken.

Step 2

Reduce heat to medium; add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add onion, sage, and ginger; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add squash and parsnip; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle vegetables with flour; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in cider and stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in chicken, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer 25 minutes. Stir in apple; cook 5 minutes.

Step 3

Leffe Blond Ale ABV 6%

Step 4

With whispers of clove, apple, and pear, Leffe Blond, a spicy, smooth Belgian ale, blends seamlessly with the warm autumnal flavors of this hearty seasonal stew. Its slight bitterness tempers the dish's sweetness, and its fizzy carbonation reawakens the palate between each delicious spoonful.

Ratings & Reviews

Trish in Seattle loved this recipe!

October 30, 2015
Very tasty! Perfect on a cold rainy evening! Next time, I will cut the parsnips smaller, so they become more tender while cooking. Green apple and sage bring out great flavours. Also may add a potato or small carrot next time. A keeper recipe. This served 4 people! Thanks - Yum! 😋


October 24, 2017
We just weren't all that into it. I may have overdone it on the sage unintentionally(?) I went 1/2 chicken breast and 1/2 thighs, which was fine.  


October 24, 2017
Perfect fall food.  Made exactly as written and am in love.  Will be making over and over again.

Delicious, fall stew!

October 27, 2015
Made this stew last night -- was delicious (even paired it with the suggested Leffe!). I really enjoyed the sweetness the cider brought. Made the recipe as is, but added in more chicken broth and cider (1/2 cup each) so there was more broth which I think was needed. It fed four of us with slightly bigger servings. 

One of the best stews I have ever made...

November 01, 2015
This is super delicious.  I didn't change a thing.  You could definitely serve it to company.  What a perfect fall dish.  Yum!

Great use of autumn bounty

November 07, 2015
Absolutely delicious and used up a lot of my farmers market finds

Srange but yummy

November 08, 2015
This was quite unusual, but very good.  I took the advice of others, and chopped everything quite small.  Everything cooked beautifully, and because the apples were added at the end they retained some firmness, which was really nice.

Absolutely delicious!!!

November 14, 2015
So yummy and full of flavor!

Great savory sweet stew

November 16, 2015
Nice.  I used half chicken thighs and half breast meat.  Will do again.  

Super Fall/Winter recipe

November 17, 2015
Loved it with crusty seeded bread that I heated to serve with it (bread is not quite baked - you can find it in stores like trader joe)..Didn't change anything and wouldn't. Repeatable and on frequent rotation now!