Robbie’s Inspiration – chicken and vegetable stew with white wine

Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who voted for my gingerbread for the 2022 Holiday Gingerbread Smackdown Challenge. I did not win, but I enjoyed making the train and there were some amazing entries especially the Museum of Gingerbread.

My husband was taken critically ill last week Wednesday. He had fast and effective medical treatment and is doing much better now. He had a small procedure in theatre on Friday evening to relocate a dislocated shoulder which happened during the whole incident on Wednesday. He really was so much better today and I am feeling very grateful for that and the fortunate events that saved his life that day. Thank you for all your kind and supportive comments.

My boys still have to eat so I made this Robbie Surprise chicken and vegetable stew this afternoon. It came out very well and I used up the left over vegetables I had in the refrigerator.


2 medium onions, peeled and diced

250 grams sliced button mushrooms

9 chicken thighs and 9 chicken drumsticks with skin on

salt and pepper to taste

700 grams peas, sliced green beans, carrots, and baby marrows, and broccoli florets

1/2 cup white wine

60 grams tomato paste

15ml garlic flakes

15 ml thyme

20 ml Worcestershire sauce

3 bay leaves

4 large potatoes, peeled and diced

8 cups chicken stock

60ml plain flour dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water

Olive oil


Heat olive oil in a large pot. Salt and pepper to taste and then brown the chicken pieces (in batches if necessary) and set aside. Add more oil if required and fry the onions for 5 minutes. Add the mushroom and cook for a further 5 minutes and then add the vegetable mix. Cook for a further 5 minutes and add the white wine allow to simmer until the liquid reduces by 1/3 (about 10 minutes). Add the garlic, thyme, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Add half the chicken stock and then the potatoes and chicken pieces. Add the rest of the chicken stock. Mix the flour in the water until all the lumps have dissolved and stir into the stew. Bring to the boil. Reduce the temperature and simmer for 50 minutes.


77 thoughts on “Robbie’s Inspiration – chicken and vegetable stew with white wine

  1. Good Morning Robbie,
    First, let me say Happy New Year and I wish you all the best!

    I didn’t know about your hubby. I am participating in a challenge since January 2nd, and haven’t been looking at the blogs I subscribe to. I must do better at that this year. I am glad he is doing better and he’s on my prayer radar now.

    Now to your recipe post. I love it because I love chicken. I will try it. Maybe this coming Saturday because that recipe is more than enough for me to eat over three days. It looks delicious.
    Have a lovely week and take care.
    Shalom aleichem

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  2. So sorry to read your hubby had a medical emergency Robbie, I hope he is well on his way to recovering..
    I am sure with your love and your boys he will soon be on the mend, especially with beautiful meals you prepare..
    Sending LOVE and Well wishes to you all ❤

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  3. So happy to hear your husband is recovering and doing well. The recipe looks great, and it is a good way to put the leftovers to good use. All the best to you all. Big hugs! ♥

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  4. Dear Robbie, you and your family have been through far too much! I’m happy to know that everyone is (or is on the way to) okay now. Don’t forget to take care of *you* too.
    The stew sounds delicious. You’ve inspired me to make something similar. Hugs.

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    1. HI Teagan, I am hoping I’ve had my three now (Dad, Michael, and Terence) and will be allowed a bit of piece this year once Terence has recovered. I think we still have a few weeks to go. This stew was very tasty and so versatile.

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      1. As a mum I know full well you won’t take this advice but…if at all possible, try to give yourself a break. No one will have conniptions if you get takeaway for a few days. 🙂

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      2. Thank you, Meeks. I’m not going away but I am guest speaking at a poetry club meeting next Saturday and attending an author’s meet in early Feb. Going away is impossible with Michael having just started the new school year at a new school. I am not to bad. I have my reading and writing and that helps a lot.

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      3. Yes, I know that very well. In 2016 my mom had breast cancer which resulted in 20 months of chemo and other treatments. In 2021, my dad had a pulmonary embolism which I had to treat at home due to Covid and no space in the hospitals. Michael also had 3 serious operations in 2021 and 2022, during one of those he stopped breathing and only the last operation was successful. I have had a lot of practice for this time with my husband [wry smile]. There is a saying that God doesn’t give you more than you can cope with in life.

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      4. Bloody hell…and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Love makes the impossible possible. I know that, and yet to put so much on your shoulders….you are one nice lady. Really. 🙂

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