Grandma’s Chicken Stew

July 30, 2014

Amanda from Food Before 5 is the QUEEN of easy family meals and that is why she is a contribuer here at Be A Fun Mum, because I’m all about simple and easy!  You can find links to more of her recipes at the end of the post.

Grandma’s Chicken Stew

I am always on the lookout for recipes that are simple to make, affordable, delicious and most importantly – my family will eat.  This one ticks all the boxes and is one that I make regularly.  It is a favourite recipe of my 81 year old grandma that has stood the test of time. 

It can be made in the oven, stove top or even in the slow cooker and is great served with rice to soak up all the delicious juices. I hope you enjoy it.

Chicken Stew Recipe - Ingredients


2 ½ cups chicken stock
2 Tbspn tomato paste
1 kg chicken thigh fillets
800g pumpkin, peeled
3 potatoes
1 small sweet potato, peeled
1 onion, sliced
220g tin peas, drained
½ tsp mixed herbs 

Oven (cooking time: 1 hr )

1. Preheat oven to 200oC.
2. Dice pumpkin, potato & sweet potato into chunks approx 6cm.  Add them to a large baking dish. Add chicken, onion & peas. Sprinkle over herbs. 

Chicken Stew Recipe - Ingredients

3. In a jug, add stock & tomato paste.  Stir to combine & pour over chicken & veges.

Chicken Stew Recipe - Ingredients
4. Cover & cook for 30 mins.  Uncover & cook for a further 30 mins or until chicken is cooked through & vegetables are tender. 

Stove top (cooking time: 35 minutes) 

1. In a very large frypan, add chicken & brown over high heat.  
2. Dice pumpkin, potatoes & sweet potato into chunks approx 6cm.  Add to the frypan together with onion, peas & herbs.     
3. In a jug, add stock & tomato paste.  Pour into pan.
4. Cover & gentle boil for 30 mins or until chicken is cooked through & veges are tender.


  • If making ahead, cook rice at the same time as making the stew.
  • Store both in the fridge & reheat at meal time. 


  • In fridge, covered or in airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Chicken Stew Recipe - Easy

More Recipes by Amanda

Apricot Chicken Hurry (in a hurry)

Lemon Cheesecake 

About Amanda Arnold

My name is Amanda and I am mum to 3 young kids and author of a new cookbook called ‘Food before 5’.  

‘Food before 5′ is a cookbook with 85 recipes that are easy, affordable and realistic for any home cook. It includes lunch boxes, starters & sides, main meals and desserts that can all be made ahead of time. It is the perfect tool for busy families with that afternoon school rush, people that like to cook in bulk and freeze, students learning to cook and basically anyone who loves simple, tasty recipes. 

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This is an easy paper craft I used to make with my kids when they were toddlers.  I recently revamped the idea and made it appealing for my older kids too, who love drawing. 

This is a version I did years ago.

Simple Paper Craft - Who Lives Here?


Paper (or light cardboard)

Drawing materials


How to


Print 2 pages from the template: a top house page and base character page.  I have included 5 different pages to pick from in the template.

Page 1: House with numbered windows (for younger kids)

Page 2: Farm animals (to colour in)

Page 3: Aussie animals (coloured)

Page 4: Blank window template with guide lines (for older kids who like to draw)

Page 5: House with unnumbered windows (for older kids)

Click the picture below for the PDF file.

Paper Craft


paper craft -  Australian Animals


Colour pages if desired. 

Who lives in this house -- paper craft


Cut along three sides of all windows to allow them to open.  For the door cut along the bottom, top and in the middle, allow the doors to open both ways.  This is the only tricky part.  I usually do this, depending on the age of the child.  I used scissors this time, but for best results, a craft or Stanley knife on a board works well.

paper craft for kids


Use paper glue to attach the top page to the bottom page. Avoid gluing over the pictures so the window don’t stick.

paper craft for kids

Meet the People

I was surprised how engaged my older kids were in this activity. Like all best activities, it turns into something more.  In this case, a drawing activity turned into character development and story telling. Both my 10-year-old and 8-year-old drew characters in each window, named them, and formulated a back story. It was fantastic! Then, later at bedtime, we used the house as the story.  Below are Miss 10′s characters. 


This is Tim. Tim is a teenager who likes to be on his own. He spends a lot of time starring out the window, off in his own world.

Drawing 1

This is Amy. Amy is in her 20′s and is a tour guide at the local Botanical Gardens.

Drawing 2

This is Tabby the cat. He belongs to a family of five.  Of the three children, the youngest is the most interested in the cat.

Drawing 3

This is Kacey.  Kacey is an imaginative young girl who loves to look at things in a different way, and is fascinated by the world around her.

Drawing 4

This is Josh.  Josh is a laid-back Dad who is fun-loving and creative with his family.  He likes to help with the family chores. He is confident and doesn’t care what other people think of him.

Drawing 5

This is Susan. Susan is a joyful, happy young girl.  She loves pink and playing with the family bird.

Drawing 6

This is Francesca and Matt. Francesca is confident, popular, pretty in her personality. Matt, on the other hand, is sporty and laid-back.

Drawing 7


Below are some games we play with this simple paper craft.

  • Open the numbers in sequence
  • Create animal sounds at each opening
  • Play memory and guess who is in each window
  • Make up a story
  • Sing ‘Old MacDonald’ Had a Farm’
  • Draw your own characters

When you have kids in a wide range of age brackets, it’s fantastic if you can cater an activity to appeal to them all. 

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