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Southwestern Chicken & Lima Bean Stew

I love to have my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren over for this supper. They make me so happy with their compliments or just by going to fill up their bowls again. It's a good-for-you hit. —Pam Corder, Monroe, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (1-1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 2 cups frozen lima beans
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley


  • Place the first five ingredients in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and dry seasonings; pour over top.
  • Cook, covered, on low until chicken is tender, 6-8 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker and heat through. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 312 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • Chris
    Jan 31, 2021

    I made this today. It was amazing. 6 hours on low. Chicken was falling off the bone. I doubled the chicken thighs to eight. Made it perfect and I have move leftovers now ??

  • Kim
    Dec 9, 2020

    I used to make this in the crockpot. Love it! It can also be made in the instant pot. I cook it on high pressure for 14 minutes.

  • jennyrum
    Apr 24, 2018

    After reading the reviews, I decided to add Lipton onion soup mix, & (season to taste) a lot more seasoning to make it taste like a chili! With all the tweaks, it tasted really good:

  • cshenry1
    Jan 13, 2018

    This is great! I like shortcuts so I used frozen seasoning mix rather than a fresh onion and pepper and used garlic powder. I didn't have tomato paste, so I substituted a can of tomato sauce and skipped the salt. I used about 1 1/4 t. of garlic powder (more than the equivalent on the container) for more flavor. This is a new favorite.

  • oliviaoil
    Apr 10, 2017

    Very good and easy to make (although it looks like more than 6 servings). All the ingredients went well together. I like it spicy so I added cayenne pepper. Will definitely make again!

  • bjsilve0
    Feb 19, 2017

    If you don't like lima beans, make this without them. This was fantastic and it makes a lot for freezing for the future. It has a lot of the southwest flavor. Yum, yum, yum!!!

  • ghrichmond
    Jan 19, 2017

    I really liked the sound of this - expected to really like it due to all the flavors. But, it was a little too bland for me. And I did taste it as I cooked and added some extra spices. but just didn't quite come together for me.

  • waprater
    Oct 9, 2015

    I made it exactly as the recipe stated I expected it to be very tasty, but it was very bland.

  • 12Knights4Mari
    Mar 10, 2015

    I didn't realLy care for the flavors in this at all. I am surprised - I really expected to love it. Also, the Worcestershire sauce spoiled the bright red color of the tomatoes. It was more of a muddy red and didn't look as appetizing as your photo. I'm going to freeze it because I don't have the heart to waste it, but I know it's not going to get eaten.

  • Tabcat90
    Dec 19, 2014

    This was so delicious. My husband and I loved it. So easy to make and worth the wait!