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Three bowls of Brunswick stew. A bottle of hot sauce as well as a small bowl of fresh parsley are nearby for topping alongside two metal spoons.
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4.29 from 84 votes

Healthy Brunswick Stew

This healthy Brunswick stew is just like the southern classic, but made with simple and wholesome ingredients – no ketchup or BBQ sauce needed!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brunswick stew
Servings: 6


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped celery
  • 2 small red skinned potatoes chopped
  • 2 cups frozen corn rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen lima beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 32 oz carton low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 ½ cups shredded chicken (about 1.25 lbs boneless chicken breasts)
  • fresh parsley for garnish
  • hot sauce for serving


  • Heat oil over medium heat in a large casserole pan/dutch oven. Add onion and garlic to the pan and sauté until fragrant and soft.
    A dutch oven with onions and garlic sautéing in olive oil. A wooden spoon rests in the pot.
  • Add in carrots, celery and potatoes, canned tomatoes, broth, corn, lima beans, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, bay leaf, salt, pepper and hot sauce.
    A dutch oven with carrots, celery and potatoes, canned tomatoes, broth, corn, lima beans, worcestershire sauce, parsley, bay leaf, salt, pepper and hot sauce added to it.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat simmer for 30-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir occasionally.
    Ingredients for Brunswick stew simmering in a dutch oven.
  • Remove bay leaf and add in shredded chicken, stir to combine and cook an additional 5 minutes or until chicken is heated through. If stew seems too thin, you can mash up some of the potatoes with a fork to create a thicker broth. If the stew is too thick, you can add more chicken broth or water, starting with 1/2 cup.
    Shredded chicken added to a dutch oven containing Brunswick Stew.
  • Once stew is ready to serve, place in bowls and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve with hot sauce so everyone can add as much or as little spice as they like.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g