Spicy Black Bean Chicken & Shrimp Stew

Spicy Black Bean Chicken & Shrimp Stew

A rich and hearty chicken and shrimp stew in a tomato based broth.

  • Author: Jaylynn Little
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stewed
  • Cuisine: American


  • 6 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 215.5 oz cans black beans, rinsed
  • 214.5 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, deveined and chopped in small pieces


  1. Clean the chicken thighs and remove any excess fat. Season with salt and pepper, set aside.
  2. Add the oil and butter to a heavy bottomed pot, over medium heat.Once the oil and butter are hot, add in the chicken thighs and brown on both sides. 6-9 minutes or until the chicken is nice and golden on both sides.Remove the chicken from the pot and place on paper towels, sit aside.
  3. Add the onions, peppers, and garlic to the pot and saute in the oil and butter until tender, stirring occasionally. 3-5 minutes. Mix in the creole seasoning, crushed red pepper, and cumin. Add in the black beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste and stir everything together. Cook for 5-7 minutes. Add the chicken thighs back into the pot.
  4. Pour in the hot pepper sauce, chicken broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Add cinnamon and bay leaf, stir.
  5. Bring the stew to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 45-50 minutes, covered.
  6. Remove the bay leaf, add in the shrimp, and simmer for another 5 minutes, uncovered.
  7. Serve with your favorite toasted bread or rice.

Keywords: chicken and shrimp stew