Nine Beans and Chicken Stew

A hearty stew loaded with fibers and proteins…

Spring didn’t sprung instead summer has sprung and it’s hot hot hot…Everyone has just one thing to talk about, the crazy hot weather. Coffee shops in my campus are crowded as everyone has been rushing for iced cappuccino. Yesterday, I had to wait for about 15 minutes to grab a cup of iced cappuccino, I had no other choice as I had to keep myself awake and sipping hot coffee was out of my question. Honestly, I am not whining about this weather it’s just beautiful and amazing. Well, my sinus doesn’t like hot weather and it gets crazy making me dizzy most of the times in summer. Poor me 🙁

I had bought 9 beans soup mix from Costco last month and I love the fact that it’s already mixed so that I don’t have to buy all the beans separately and mix ’em up. I don’t think I would ever buy all the 9 beans separately to make this mix, will you? That’s the beauty of this stew, you get to enjoy all kinds of beans in just one dish. How convenient and healthy!

This dish has been my recent favorite, firstly it’s easy to make, secondly it’s healthy, thirdly it’s delicious, fourthly one bowl of this stew is enough to make me full, last but not least I can make a huge batch of it and leftovers can be refrigerated. I cooked the beans and chicken in the pressure cooker. Yes, I heart my pressure cooker and it makes my life much easier. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, just go get one. Alright, you could cook it in a pot instead but it’s going to take a long time for the beans to cook well. At least, you don’t have to stay beside it and watch it closely. Combine the chicken and beans, add enough water, cover the pot and walk away only after you have set the timer to remind you that the beans are still on the stove cooking away.

If you don’t have the 9 beans soup mix, buy the beans separately and combine it. There is no rule that you have to have all the nine beans, if you have a few variety it would work just fine.

Nine beans and chicken stew

Makes: 6 large bowls

Ingredients:

  • Nine beans soup mix- 3 cups (if you are cooking in a soup pot you have to soak the beans in water overnight)
  • Chicken breasts, diced small- 3 breasts
  • Olive oil- 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Ground cumin- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika- 2 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1 tsp
  • Water- 5 cups
  • Tomato sauce, low sodium- 1 1/2 cups
  • Salt- to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1/4 cup
Nine beans used: Green whole peas, green whole lentils, red split lentils, pinto beans, small white beans, small red beans, red kidney beans, black beans and black eye beans

Instruction

  • Place a pressure cooker or a large soup pot over medium heat, add oil.
  • Add chicken to the oil and sprinkle ground cumin, paprika, ground pepper and lil salt.
  • Saute the chicken for a few minutes.
  • For cooking the beans in a pressure cooker you don’t have to soak in water, if cooking in a large pot you have to soak it in water overnight.
  • Add beans to the chicken, combine well.
  • Add water and cover the cooker with its lid, place the whistle on it.
  • Cook on medium heat, if the cooker gives out whistle cook till 6 to 7 whistles or let it cook for 20 minutes.
  • Let the pressure subside completely, open the lid and check if the beans have cooked well.
  • If not close with the lid and cook till 2 to 3 whistles more.
  • Add tomato sauce to the cooked beans and chicken, combine well and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Have a taste, add more salt and ground pepper if needed.
  • If the stew is too thick add some water to thin it down, don’t make it to a soup constituency.
  • Garnish with cilantro, combine and remove from heat.
  • Serve warm with your favorite bread, naan, chapati or just have it like that.
More recipes ideas:
  • You can add ground beef instead of chicken.
  • Wrap this stew in a tortilla, chapati or pita bread and roll it.
  • While making nachos use this stew.
  • Make it cheesy: If you want you could add cheddar cheese to the stew.
  • Skip the chicken and make it vegetarian.

 

Nine Beans and Chicken Stew
Serves: 6 large bowls
 
Ingredients
  • Nine beans soup mix- 3 cups (if you are cooking in a soup pot you have to soak the beans in water overnight)
  • Chicken breasts, diced small- 3 breasts
  • Olive oil- 1½ tbsp
  • Ground cumin- 1½ tsp
  • Paprika- 2 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1 tsp
  • Water- 5 cups
  • Tomato sauce, low sodium- 1½ cups
  • Salt- to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
Nine beans used:
  • Green whole peas, green whole lentils, red split lentils, pinto beans, small white beans, small red beans, red kidney beans, black beans and black eye beans
Instructions
  1. Place a pressure cooker or a large soup pot over medium heat, add oil.
  2. Add chicken to the oil and sprinkle ground cumin, paprika, ground pepper and lil salt.
  3. Saute the chicken for a few minutes.
  4. For cooking the beans in a pressure cooker you don't have to soak in water, if cooking in a large pot you have to soak it in water overnight.
  5. Add beans to the chicken, combine well.
  6. Add water and cover the cooker with its lid, place the whistle on it.
  7. Cook on medium heat, if the cooker gives out whistle cook till 6 to 7 whistles or let it cook for 20 minutes.
  8. Let the pressure subside completely, open the lid and check if the beans have cooked well.
  9. If not close with the lid and cook till 2 to 3 whistles more.
  10. Add tomato sauce to the cooked beans and chicken, combine well and cook for another 10 minutes.
  11. Have a taste, add more salt and ground pepper if needed.
  12. If the stew is too thick add some water to thin it down, don't make it to a soup constituency.
  13. Garnish with cilantro, combine and remove from heat.
  14. Serve warm with your favorite bread, naan, chapati or just have it like that.
Notes
You can add ground beef instead of chicken.
Wrap this stew in a tortilla, chapati or pita bread and roll it.
While making nachos use this stew.
Make it cheesy: If you want you could add cheddar cheese to the stew.
Skip the chicken and make it vegetarian.

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