Overhead view of a pot of Spicy Chicken Sausage Stew and two bowls filled with stew.

Spicy Chicken Sausage Stew

Spicy Chicken Sausage Stew is a savory mixture of potatoes, kale, and spices that’s the perfect seasonal meal for those cool, fall nights. All of the flavors meld together wonderfully to create a delicious one-pot meal that the whole family will enjoy!

It’s starting to get cooler in the D.C. area and I’m ready to cozy up by a bonfire with something hearty and healthy. If you’re ready to curl up with a hot bowl of something yummy this autumn, then you have to check out comfort foods like this Butter & Sage Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Soup and the Chicken Meatball Soup.

While it’s nice to let a stew simmer in a crockpot or dutch oven for a few hours, not everyone has the time! I know I don’t. Spicy Chicken Sausage Stew is a quick, simple stovetop recipe that’s ready in less than an hour.

This recipe is part of the Cozy Fall Recipe series in collaboration with Chef Natasha and other amazing Black food bloggers.

Key Ingredients in Spicy Chicken Sausage Stew

  • Chicken Sausage: Stew isn’t complete without a protein. I opted for chicken sausage because it tastes great and cooks faster than beef traditionally used in stew.
  • Kale: Packs a lot of nutrients and cooks fast; remove the stem and shred leaves into smaller bits so its tender and not chewy.
  • Yukon Potatoes: Used to thicken the stew.
  • Dijon Mustard: Enriches the color and taste of the stew, adding a spicy/tangy combination.
  • Chicken Stock: A natural base for stew; adds moisture, flavor and texture.
  • Heavy Cream: Thickens the stew while adding a creamy consistency.
Overhead view of the ingredients for Spicy Chicken Sausage Stew in individual clear glasses.
All of the ingredients you’ll need for Spicy Chicken Sausage Stew.

Preparing Spicy Chicken Sausage Stew

When preparing stews, I like to set myself up for success. The first thing I do is chop, dice, and measure out all of my ingredients. This makes the cooking process so much easier!

When it comes to preparing the Spicy Chicken Sausage stew, you gradually add all of your ingredients. Whatever you do, don’t throw them all in the pot at the same time. We don’t want veggies to be mushy or for flavors to meld too soon.

Start with your base of onion, celery, carrots, and garlic.

After your veggies begin to soften, stir in potatoes, spicy chicken sausage, and sage. Add in your spices after a couple of minutes.

The inclusion of Yukon potatoes, chicken sausage, sage, and ground cumin.

Then pour in heavy cream followed by red chili flakes.

Now add in chicken stock and stir before adding thyme.

After the stew has simmered for a while, add kale.

Kale added.
Kale beginning to wilt.

What’s the difference between soups and stews?

Sometimes people use the terms soup and stew interchangeably but there is a distinction between the two. The main difference is the amount of liquid that is used in soups versus stews. Soup ingredients are usually completely submerged in liquid whereas stews are barely covered in liquid.

Stews also tend to be chunkier. The ingredients are cut into bigger pieces. And while both soups and stews can be enjoyed solo, stews tend to be served over rice.

What if my stew is too thick or too watery?

If you need to thicken your stew, add more starch. If you’re using potatoes in your stew, that’s a natural thickening agent. The starch from the potatoes should give you the consistency you desire.

If your stew is too thick, there’s a simple fix. Just add more chicken broth/stock or heavy cream.

How can I store stew leftovers?

Stews are one of those meals that taste even better the next day. When properly stored, stew can last in the freezer for up to 3 months. Store it in an airtight container, leaving a 1/2 inch of space to allow for expansion.

In the fridge, the stew is good for 3-4 days. It can be reheated on the stove or the microwave.

The finished product!

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Spicy Chicken Sausage Stew

5 from 9 votes
Course: DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

35

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pk Spicy Chicken Sausage (cut into pieces)

  • 1 1/2 cup Yukon Potatoes (diced)

  • 1 1/2 cup Kale (ribs removed)

  • 1/2 Onion (diced)

  • 4 stalks Celery (diced)

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder

  • 1 tablespoon Red chili pepper

  • 1 tablespoon Sage

  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin

  • 1 tablespoon Thyme

  • 2-4 cups Chicken broth or chicken stock

  • 3 lg Carrot (chopped)

  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream

  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire

  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt & Pepper to taste (depending on how salty your stock)

Directions

  • Chop, dice, and measure all your ingredients.
  • On medium-high heat, in a medium-large pot or dutch oven, add 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic and cook until slightly softened. Cook over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in potatoes, spicy chicken sausage, sage, and let cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add ground cumin and stir.
  • Add chili powder and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add Worcestershire and stir.
  • Add Dijon Mustard and stir.
  • Add heavy cream and stir.
  • Add red Chili Flakes and stir.
  • Add chicken stock and stir and turn heat to high and bring soup to a boil.
  • Add thyme and a pinch of salt and stir. Let it simmer on low for 20-25 mins.
  • Simmer soup on low for about 10-15 more minutes. Taste, add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Add kale a handful at a time and stir.
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
 

9 Comments

  1. Such a hearty dish. The spice level was perfect and my husband loved it!

     
  2. A great meal for these cooler evenings. It was a meal in a bowl and full of great flavor.

     
  3. Love the flavors in this recipe! Kale and sausage is always a win in my house.

     
  4. This stew was delicious in our dinner rotation now that the weather is getting cooler. As you suggested, we chopped everything in advance. It made the cooking process so much quicker! Thanks for a great recipe!

     
  5. I substituted a veggie Italian sausage and enjoyed this stew immensely.

     
  6. Jessica Lawson

    This was really flavorful and delicious with the perfect amount of spice. I also liked how hearty and chunky it is. Excited to have leftovers to enjoy for lunch today.

     
  7. This recipe came in so handy when I was looking for a new recipe to try. The best thing I had all of the ingredients in the house so no need to go to the supermarket. So delicious and an easy recipe I will definitely be adding to the weekly repertoire.

     
  8. This stew was so full of flavor and so comforting! Definitely adding it to my rotation of recipes. Thank you!

     
  9. I love the flavor the cumin gives to the stew mixed with the spicy chicken! It was so good! I can’t wait to make this again!

     

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