Chicken stew with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes

Chicken, tomato and mushroom stew with garlic Parmesan mash

Simple but delicious and comforting chicken, tomato and mushroom stew with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes makes for a perfect dinner.
Course Chicken, Dinner, Stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Alida Ryder


for the stew

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil for sautéing
  • 1 kg boneless chicken thighs chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 carrot peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery sticks finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 250 g mushrooms halved
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 x 400g approx 12 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley for garnish

for the garlic parmesan mash

  • 8 large potatoes
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter adjust amounts to your own preference
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup full cream whole milk
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • To make the mashed potatoes, pre-heat the oven to 200°c and place the potatoes whole, straight on the oven rack to roast for 90 minutes - 2 hours or until a knife can easily be inserted.
  • Wrap the garlic head in a piece of foil and roast alongside the potatoes until the cloves are soft and sweet.
  • In the meantime, start with the stew.
  • Heat the oil in a pot/deep pan and brown the chicken in batches.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
  • Add the onion, celery and carrot to the pot and sauté until soft and fragrant.
  • Add the garlic, mushrooms, bay leaf and thyme and sauté for a further 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken and all its juices back to the pot and add the flour.
  • Stir to coat all the ingredients in the flour then add the tomatoes and the stock, making sure to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Lower the heat and cover the pot. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Add more liquid if necessary half-way through.
  • After 20 minutes, remove the lid and add the cream and season to taste. Allow to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • While the stew is simmering, halve the cooked potatoes and scoop out the flesh (be careful, they will be very hot). Squeeze the roasted garlic from their papery skins and add to the potato.
  • Mash the potato with the butter, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Serve the stew with the mash.