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Lebanese Bean Stew

This one pot Lebanese bean stew is so easy to make and loaded with flavor. This weeknight meal is perfect for freezer dinners and is made with fresh and tasty ingredients.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: lebanese
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
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Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 143kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped (plus more for serving)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 15-ounce canned diced tomato
  • 2 15-ounce canned white kidney beans
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon 7 Spice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Arabic rice pilaf for serving


  • In a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil, then add the cilantro, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook until the mixture is fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook together with the cilantro mixture until well combined, about 1 minute. Add the diced tomatoes and 4 cups of water and stir until well blended to create a tomato broth.
  • Reduce the heat to low, add the white beans raw the chicken breast. Season with salt, pepper and 7 Spice and cook covered until the chicken is fully cooked, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken breast from the tomato broth, shred it and return it to the pot.
  • Serve over traditional Arabic rice pilaf and sprinkle fresh cilantro for garnish.


Storage: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and they will keep for around 4 days. You can also freeze the stew and it will keep for up to 3 months.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of tomato paste and, you can use an extra can of diced tomatoes a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce.
  • Instead of 7 Spice, you can substitute any mix of paprika, cumin, coriander, ground cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon
  • To make it vegan, just leave the chicken out. You can add other vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower, eggplant or zucchini.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use. This does not include the rice.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 429mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg