Tomato Basil Chicken Stew

Tomato Basil Chicken Stew |

You all get to see the beautiful photos of food I prepare.  You may even get to make it yourself and taste it.

But what you might not hear is the little song that I can’t resist singing each time dinner is on the table and ready to go.

Are you ready for it?  :)

It’s total word association for me.  Whenever someone announces that it’s suppertime, this song instantly pops into my head and I want to start dancing around a la Snoopy singing, “it’s suuuupper….sup-sup-suppertime!”

Every.  Time.  :)

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It’s been that way ever since I first heard the song when acting in the play You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown at age 10.  (Little known fact on the blogosphere: I was in about 30 music theater shows before I graduated high school, including Annie 3 times!!!)

But I hadn’t actually heard the song (except for singing it over and over) in 20 years until I tracked it down on YouTube just now.  Let’s just say I am very happy to see that it’s just as fabulous as I remembered it.  Snoopy definitely “gets” the joy I feel when it’s finally suppertime.  ;)

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So what are you having for supper tonight?

If you’re looking for a quick and easy and comforting meal, I think you should totally consider this Tomato Basil Chicken Stew.  It’s kind of fabulous.  And it can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.  OR, you can pop all of the ingredients in a slow cooker at the beginning of the day and have a delicious stew ready and waiting for you when you get home.  Your choice.

I just think you should make it.  Pronto.

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And instead of calling to your family that it’s suppertime the old (boring) way, I dare you to sing it Snoopy-style.  ;)

“It’s suuuuuper….sup-sup-suppertime!”

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Tomato Basil Chicken Stew

This delicious Tomato Basil Chicken Stew recipe is hearty, healthy, and so comforting.


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans whole tomatoes (with their juices)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes


Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery. Saute for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute or two until fragrant.

Add in remaining ingredients, and stir to combine. Use a long spoon to crush the tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer partially-covered for 10 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

**Or, you can add all ingredients except the cheese to a slow cooker, stir to combine, cook on high for 3-4 hours (or low for 6-8), then serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.**

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168 comments on “Tomato Basil Chicken Stew”

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  2. I had this assembled and on the stove in 20 mins! I used San Marzano tomatos and threw in a fresh parmesan rind I’d been saving for just this purpose. Smells delish! Thanks for a yummy, fast stew!!

  3. Stumbled upon your site the other day and have made 3 of your meals since!  Love it!

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  6. This was not good in the crock pot. It had no flavor and was way too thick.

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  10. Made this in the crockpot yesterday, its AMAZING!!!  What a delicious recipe.

  11. Made this a few weeks ago in the crockpot and added quinoa. Was absolutely delicious! Making it again tomorrow, per my husband’s request!

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  16. the prep and cook time don’t add up correctly.  just so you know….

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  18. This recipe is the easiest by far and is delicious! Thanks for posting! 

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  21. Nice but i added Baldamic vinegar, red wine, granulated garli, stock and some sugar.  Omg the flavours beautiful.  I also used fresh chicken and pan fried them as this is all i had (no cooked chicken that it).  It was magnificent!  Topped it with fresh parmesan ( a tonne if ut as i live it) and a big glass if shiraz!

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  23. Hi, I found this recipe online when searching for gluten free dinners. Is this soup gluten free? It looks delish! 

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  25. I absolutely love this recipe…it’s “to die for”!  The only thing I wish is that you would provide the calorie count as that’s how I watch my weight.  Thanks!

    • Thanks Eileen, we’re happy you like it! Unfortunately we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps! :)

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  27. My first gluten free recipe! Having one guest with gluten allergies, sent me on a frantic run for recipes that would be enjoyed by all my guests. I made 2 batches in the crockpot. I added more chicken about 2 lbs per batch and used raw chicken. Ialso did not add the spinach until the last hour and and added quite a bit extra. I cut up the chicken at that time. It came out fantastic! Served with gluten free corn muffins and a salad. Got rave reviews and will be making this over and over again! Thank you.

    • Awesome Sandy! We’re happy to hear you enjoyed this so much, thank you for sharing! :)

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  30. Looks and smells good! Trying it with stew beef tonight since I had chicken last night!!

  31. I made this recipe a few months ago and my husband and I loved it.  In fact, so much so, that I sent the recipe to my cardiologist who, understandably, advocates heart healthy dining.  I think this is quite healthy.  Thx for the recipe.

  32. This was fantastic !!  I delgazed pot with a nice  Pinot Grigo (1/4 cup) then added all ingrediants.  Added the beans at the end after rinsing them.  I didn’t shred the chicken, I cubed it.  The next time I’m going to boil up some orzo and add at the end.
    Excellent soup.  Thank you

    • Thanks Ginger, we’re so glad you enjoyed it (and deglazing with a nice Pinot Grigio is always a good idea). : )

  33. This recipe was so great! Made it today in the crockpot. I used fire roasted tomatoes, added a little chicken broth and balsamic vinegar and served over a little bit of cous cous, turned out wonderful! Thank you ? 

  34. Does this soup freeze well?

  35. If I cook this in the crockpot for 6-8 hours, do I use raw chicken breasts and then shred at end (instead of starting with shredded cooked chicken)?

  36. Love,  Love, Love Snoopy
    Have not made taco soup yet
     It’s on the menu for tomorrow

  37. Any recommendation for a non-bean substitute for the cannelini?  My husband does not like any type of bean and I want to make sure there’s enough ingredients to give it the right consistency.  Thanks!

    • Hi Bethany! Hmmm, that’s tricky. Your best bet might be to just make a slurry with some flour or cornstarch, to thicken things up a bit, but leaving out the beans shouldn’t have a huge impact on the consistency. We hope you both enjoy! :)

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  39. Do you add the juice of the beans or drain?

  40. This is one of those recipes that leapt off the screen and shouted “Make me!”  After I try the soup, my husband put in a request to prepare it as a pasta sauce, so I’ll give it a shot.  Thank you for the gorgeous recipe, and if the pasta sauce works out, I’ll let you know.

  41. I just  made this to deliver to a friend who is very ill – as part of a meal train. I think it’s a bit lacking in flavor, so I simmered it for a very long time to meld the flavors together more – for about 45 minutes to an hour (I also doubled the recipe so the family can have left overs)

    Also, in regards to the prep time, I guess you could get away with chopping all the vegetables within the 5-minute time frame, but if you do not have shredded chicken on hand, the 5-minutes is very inaccurate. 

    What type of chicken do you use – your own shredded chicken (which I used – I make it a lot by poaching) or do you use store bought?


    • We appreciate your feedback Andrea, and we hope your friend enjoys this and feels better soon! Yes, the prep time is with everything cut/shredded. We just use a rotisserie chicken, sometimes we’ll poach and shred a chicken breast, or we’ll shred the chicken from this recipe:

  42. love the soup but preparation of a good soup takes more than 5 min~  cooking onions etc through step 2 with blending garlic is at least 10 min. another 10 for adding can ingredients and basil/spinach. my cooked chicken comes from a whole roasted chicken and we all know that picking the meat off a carcass and shredding to soup bite portions takes at least another 10min.. but a 30 min prep time for something so tasty is well worth the time.  i tend to cook soups longer on lower temperature to meld the flavors and taste test til it is just right.  i do love that half the ingredients are off the shelf and the rest are fresh and flavorful.
    thank you.

  43. If cooking in crockpot but I cook the chicken first? Or do I but raw chicken in?

    • If cooking in a crockpot, yes, the chicken will go in raw (just make sure it’s not going in there frozen). :) We hope you enjoy!

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  46. How would this be without the beans?

  47. fabulous! out of this world!!

  48. I have this lovely soup on the stove right now. What I wish:

    That you posted prep time including chopping
    That you stated whether the cloves of garlic should have been chopped/minced (I used them whole)
    That you stated whether the beans should have been drained/rinsed/added straight from the can

    I look forward to enjoying this soup!

    • Hi Tammy! We appreciate your feedback and we apologize for not being clear enough with the recipe. We have since edited it (minced garlic and yes, you do rinse and drain the beans). We hope you enjoyed the soup!

  49. Can you freeze this soup?