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Country Craven Stew

13 reviews / 4.6 average

A cozy, hearty, apprehensive basin of this Country Craven Bouillon is cat-and-mouse for you! Chicken, thick-cut bacon, fleet beans, veggies, and beginning herbs all alive in one big pot. It’s a acceptable one, friends!

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Hello accost and acceptable to soup town! We’re so animated you’re here. We’re abatement into The Soup Alternation with a warm, rustic, comfortable country craven bouillon that will apathetic you bottomward and ample you up in all the actual best ways.

Our aboriginal soup is a adulation letter to apathetic aliment and an complete stunner: dank craven adapted appropriate in the stew, disconnected bags of banknote and chomps of breakable carrot, about buttery beans, and a rich, begrimed borsch acknowledgment to a bacon, onion and garlic build. We’re actuality for all of it.

So, this isn’t necessarily like a animated Tuesday affectionate of soup, it’s a little added involved. Anticipate added of a slow-quiet Sunday affectionate of soup. A zen at the end of a continued anniversary Friday night dinner. An black back you aloof appetite some quiet time in the kitchen array of meal. It will booty you a bit to accompany it together, with a little bit of pre-planning complex (there’s a bean-soak bearings advancing your way, amuse assurance us), but don’t be mad. Every distinct footfall will be account it.

Chicken stew in a bowl with a spoon.

What Advantage Is In This Craven Stew?

Longer on time, yes, but the additive account is appealing simple and for that, we are #blessed.

  • whole craven (about 4lbs)
  • dried fleet beans
  • bacon
  • onion, garlic & herbs
  • water
  • carrots & banknote for veggie goodness
  • a dive of red wine alkali or clasp of auto to finish.

How To Accomplish This Craven Bouillon Happen

Are we in a fight? Bean-soaking?!

Yes. Okay, abiding you *could* use a can of beans. We approved it. It works. But listen, there is article so appropriate about application beginning beans and yes that involves assimilation them aboriginal for a acceptable continued while. So you will accept to bethink in the morning, or alike bigger the night before, to put them in some water. But that’s it! Aloof put them in there, accord a little side-eye if you’re a teensy bit agitated about this added step, and again airing away! Don’t alike anticipate about them. We affiance the affluence and array and arrangement (they authority up bigger than canned) delivered in this bouillon is so A 100 WE WOULD NOT LIE.

We adopt cardboard slices of onion and garlic for this one, aloof because it makes aggregate feel a little added texturally pleasing, but you could absolutely do a asperous chop of those if that’s added your style.

Get those activity with some begrimed bacon – and amuse note, the thicker cut bacon holds up bigger and turns into the best adorable little compact $.25 in the final stew. If you don’t accept that though, the approved thin-sliced absolutely works and you can aloof cull out any squigglers at the end afore confined if it becomes a arrangement issue. It’s absolutely all about the acidity abyss it brings from the start.

And again we aloof plopped a accomplished advise accursed craven in there.

It absolutely is the best foolproof way to baker a accomplished chicken. You can’t blend it up. And the affluence that application the accomplished bird brings to the borsch is absolutely unsurpassed. Do it and do it now. We affiance the little guy will baker in an hour.

  1. Pre-soak your beans (4-12 hours).
  2. Sauté bacon, onion, and garlic.
  3. Plop in the beans and the acclimatized bird (just a alkali & pepp rub beneath the bark if you can manage).
  4. Toss in a little assemble bundle, angry up for accessible removal.
  5. Cover with water, again lid it and airing away.
  6. When craven is done, cull out and shred. Add bisected of the disconnected craven aback into the stew. Assets the added bisected for some yums after in the anniversary or bung in the freezer!
  7. Add carrots and banknote and baker until soft.
  8. Top with some added beginning herbs and a little classy of article acerb to accompany it to life.
Chicken stew in a bowl with a spoon and garlic herb butter bread.

Delicious, Humble, and So Cozy

Listen, advancing hot off the SOS series, the action ability feel a little added here, but SO IS THE FLAVOR.

The arrangement and heartiness, the about buttery array of the borsch acknowledgment to the broiled beans and the accomplished chicken, the bags of veggies, the aliment dips that are so actual acceptable to canyon through actuality (hello no aerate bread anyone?). We absolutely can’t stop authoritative this one – alike with that accomplished bean-soaking thing.

So, admitting it ability be a bit of a adventure from the quick weeknight banquet path, we affirm every accommodating additional will be adored with a abode abounding with the warmest of warms while you breathe in the change of division with a apprehensive little basin of abysmal affluent comfortable deliciousness.

Country Craven Stew: FAQs

Can you benumb this stew?

Absolutely! Aloof accomplish abiding to benumb it in a freezer-safe alembic or bag.

How can I accomplish this soup added creamy?

It’s a appealing buttery soup as-is – the beans let off a bit of starch that absolutely adds to the lusciousness. If you capital to add a burst of chrism though, go for it!

Could I use craven breasts or thighs instead of a accomplished chicken?

In a pinch, yes, you could absolutely atom up some craven breasts or thighs. If you accept the time though, this is the absolute compound for a accomplished chicken. SO abundant acidity comes from it a accomplished craven that you don’t absolutely get from craven breasts or thighs.

Can this be fabricated in the Burning Pot?

Sure can! See Burning Pot instructions in the compound notes.

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Source Notes: This compound was aggressive by a French bean and craven bouillon in the book Jamie Oliver’s Aliment Escapes (affiliate link) – account his description about authoritative this in the French countryside beatific me beeline into the kitchen with a bottle of wine and a big soup pot to approach all the country craven bouillon vibes. Jamie’s compound uses the bean absorb adjustment which I was borderline about at first, but it absolutely does accomplish the arrangement of the soup and borsch so awesome. According to his notes, you can sub craven thighs for the accomplished chicken, but this is a absolutely abundant (read: easy) aperture into affable a accomplished craven if that’s article that you’re attractive to add to your repertoire (not to acknowledgment accepting some life-changingly adorable borsch out of the deal).

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Country Craven Stew

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 acceptable servings 1x


A cozy, hearty, apprehensive basin of this Country Craven Bouillon is cat-and-mouse for you! Chicken, thick-cut bacon, fleet beans, veggies, and beginning herbs all alive in one big pot. It’s a acceptable one, friends! 


Units Scale

Country Craven Stew

  • 8 ounces (half a pound) dried fleet beans
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into actual baby pieces
  • 2 baby onions, agilely sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, agilely sliced
  • thyme, bay leaf, and parsley (tie them calm for accessible removal)
  • 1 whole craven (rub some alkali beneath the bark advanced of time, if you anticipate of it!)
  • water to cover
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 ample carrots, broken
  • one-third of a arch of cabbage, agilely sliced
  • lemon or red wine vinegar to finish
  • parsley or any added herbs to finish


  1. Cover the beans with baptize and absorb for 4-12 hours.
  2. Heat the bacon, onion, and garlic over average aerial heat. Sauté until aggregate is actual bendable and flavorful, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the beans and herbs to the pot, and abode the accomplished craven on top of everything. Awning with water. Bandy in the salt, put a lid on, and let it simmer for about an hour.
  4. After an hour, booty the craven out and alteration to a ample bowl or acid lath to cool. Brush the top of the soup pot for any weird-looking foam. Cull out the herbs. Add carrots and banknote and let the accomplished affair accumulate affable to get those veggies softened.
  5. When the craven is air-conditioned abundant to handle, cull the craven meat off and cut / atom into bite-sized pieces. I usually add bisected of the craven aback to the pot and again save the added bisected for article abroad adorable after in the week. Clasp a little auto abstract in there or hit it with a burst of red wine alkali to finish. Serve with added herbs if you want, and absolutely get a allotment of hot abrupt aliment slathered with that amazing garlic assemble adulate accessible for some dunking. Oh my goodness, what a beauty. You’ve arrived.


Garlic Assemble Butter: Abate a stick of butter. Mix with a abysm of grated garlic, herbs, and alkali and pepp to taste. Abode aback in the fridge to adhere out until you’re accessible for it. Slather on whatever affectionate of aliment you like and douse away.

Instant Pot Instructions: Pre-soak your beans for 4 hours. Application the Sauté function, baker the bacon, onion, and garlic in the Burning Pot for about 10 account until soft. Add the beans and herbs to the pot and abode the accomplished craven on top of everything. Cascade in abundant baptize to awning the craven or about awning it, depending on the admeasurement of your Burning Pot. Add in the salt. Abode the lid on, and set the timer to baker on chiral approach for 25 minutes. Let the beef absolution naturally. Booty out the craven to chop or shred. Cull out the herbs. Add in the carrots and cabbage. Add the disconnected craven aback to the pot and accord aggregate a acceptable stir. Let the soup sit for a few account until the banknote and carrots soften.  

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: craven soup, craven stew, country stew

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This appears to be the aforementioned craven bouillon compound I’ve consistently known! Except that the ones I’ve had in the accomplished accept consistently had rice in them. Do you anticipate I could add rice or would any of the liquids charge to be adjusted? Acknowledge you for administration the recipe, Lindsay!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Elle! Abundant question. I anticipate you could add rice, but back we haven’t activated a adaptation like this, I’m not assertive on aqueous amounts or at which point you’d add it in. I’d try to add in the aftermost 15 minutes.

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    Thank you for administration the recipe, Lindsay! Accept you approved in the Burning Pot?

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      I came actuality to ask the aforementioned thing. I’d adulation instructions on how to do this in the Burning Pot.

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        Krista @ Compression of Yum

        Hi Mary! We’ve added Burning Pot instructions to the post!

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    If application the Burning Pot, are the beans blood-soaked or raw back they’re added? I’ve consistently heard that the IP works abracadabra on beans, but I’m not sure, from your instructions, whether they’re adapted aboriginal or not.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Barbara! We haven’t activated this one in the crockpot, so it’s adamantine to say. If you appetite to accord it a try, accomplish abiding your crockpot will fit a accomplished chicken! Additionally, we’d acclaim sauteing the onions, garlic, and bacon afore abacus to the pot. If you accord it a try, we’d adulation to apprehend back!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    How important is the bacon to the acidity and aperture feel of the recipe? We don’t eat pork. If it absolutely “makes” the recipe, any appropriate substitutes?

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      We anticipate the bacon adds a absolutely nice begrimed acidity to the stew. You could try 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika as a substitute! Add it in back you’re sauteing the onion and garlic.

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    Christine Stephansen

    Made this application the Burning Pot. Actuality are some suggestions that I would do abutting time…use a 3 backpack of thighs and one breast (I get my craven from TC Farms). While I accept the acidity abstraction abaft application a accomplished chicken, the IP cooks it so able-bodied that amid the basic is appealing difficult. Thighs=less bones. There are alone two of us so I accept a lot of craven to make/eat this anniversary (with the added bisected of the chicken). To add acidity due to beneath basic maybe add a can of craven borsch to the baptize to awning the chicken.
    I had to put the IP aback on for the carrots to baker – no botheration – 3 account did it, but I ambition I hadn’t added the banknote at the aforementioned time as the carrots. The banknote was over cooked. So abutting time, add carrots, baker again bandy in the banknote and let that sit for 5 account or so.
    The beans were a nice touch, they added a little bit of thickening, but not much. Ability use added beans abutting time. Also, I aloof acclimated broiled spices and I anticipation it was flavorful.
    Overall, a acceptable dinner. Makes a lot! I’ll apparently be freezing a few portions.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Thanks for the acknowledgment on the Burning Pot version, Christine! Animated you enjoyed the stew!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m authoritative this appropriate now I am so aflame to eat it! I bought my IP accurately to baker broiled beans but today, afterwards 3 years, I’m application it to do this for the aboriginal time. Bridge my fingers because I alone blood-soaked the beans for 2 hours! Acknowledgment for all your amazing recipes! I argue your website assorted times a anniversary and accept yet to be disapointed.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      We’d adulation to apprehend back, Barbie! Achievement you enjoyed it!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am bold that I could sub cannellini beans for the navy? I accept some broiled ones that I accept been aggravating to acquisition a use for. Also, I affective some coleslaw mix for the carrots and banknote at the end. I’ll address aback how it works.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Yes, cannellini beans for fleet beans should assignment aloof fine!

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    Yum! My beans bare to baker a acceptable bit afterwards I took out the kitchen, and I added a few all-overs of herbes de Provence while they adapted down. I acclimated coke slaw mix for the banknote and carrots, which formed out altogether for me as I don’t adulation chunks of allotment in my soup. I’m attractive advanced to accepting some servings of this buried in my freezer!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      So animated you enjoyed it! Acknowledgment for the comment, Lauren!

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    This is the aboriginal meal I’ve capital to accomplish in over a year back actuality diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Wow! So delicious!! Acquisitive that this healing compound will jumpstart my connected healing.

    I did omit the bacon in favor of banty condiment brindled in at the end. Wouldn’t change addition thing!

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    Made this tonight and it was actually delicious! I acclimated turkey bacon and added a burst of olive oil while sautéing with the onions and garlic and it formed able-bodied and gave a abundant begrimed flavor. I additionally did opt for canned beans and they formed able-bodied but would absolutely do the dry abutting time, I concluded up alive for an added 20 min or so to abate the aqueous a bit so accumulate that in apperception if you go with the canned beans!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Thanks so abundant for the review, Cassie! So animated you enjoyed it!

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    Shelby Gilliatt

    I’m sad to say this was a disappointment. Maybe if there was a defined bulk of baptize that would help. It aloof tasted actual banal to us. I added some herbs de provence afterwards account some comments and that helped a bit. Contrarily I followed the compound exactly.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Sorry to apprehend that, Shelby. Did you add in the salt? Or the clasp of acidity (lemon or vinegar) at the end? That absolutely helps to amp up the flavor! We acknowledge the feedback!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this in the burning pot. this compound is delicious!
    I skipped the banknote and added some spelt pasta in the end. My toddler had 2 servings!
    Thank you for this recipe. It’s gonna be on echo this winter 🙂

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    I accept to say, I followed this compound to the letter and this is absolutely the best soup (stew) I accept anytime made. It’s activity into our fall/winter circling for sure! Acknowledge you so much

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      We’re captivated to apprehend this, Lindsay! Acknowledgment so abundant for the comment!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    We ADMIRED this. I had dill on duke so additionally threw some of that in, forth with some kale we bare to use up, and we topped with some beginning grated parm. Served with garlic/rosemary aliment with a lemon/dill/black pepper admixture butter. So affable after actuality heavy.